On Tuesday, hosts England will clash with Afghanistan in their 5th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. So far, England have been in fine form with three wins and 1 loss, however, Afghanistan have lost all four of their matches. According to conventional wisdom, this match should be a breeze for England.

H2H record

Since, Afghanistan have debuted in 2015, only one match has been played between them. Needless to say, and unsurprisingly, England won that encounter, though it was won due to D/L Method. So, Afghanistan have struck 111 runs, while England have 101.

Predicted Playing 11

England: James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Tom Curran, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Moeen Ali.

Afghanistan: Hazratullah Zazai, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Ali Khil, Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hasan.

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Weather and pitch report

The good news is that the rain will most likely stay away from the Old Trafford Cricket Ground. In other words, the England vs Afghanistan ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match will go ahead without a hitch.

The pitch is quite flat, though with the progression of the game, it generates a bit of turn. Another key factor will be batting first, no matter the conditions, and spinners will have a field day. There is a lack of swing, as the Pakistan bowlers found out against India.

Prediction for match result

As mentioned before, the England team head into this match as the favourites. First and foremost, there will be plenty of support for them, given the home advantage. Secondly, Afghanistan are yet to register a win, and England will be a tough team. However, Pakistan proved that England are not invulnerable. Also adding to the hosts’ misery is the loss of skipper Eoin Morgan and Jason Roy.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the England cricket team should, in theory, have a better time out on the pitch. However, one can never say never in sport, especially cricket.