On June 29 the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will witness a battle between Pakistan and Afghanistan at Headingley, Leeds. The Pak vs AFG Head to Head record shows that Pakistan have a slight chance of qualifying as they have 6 points from 7 games, Afghanistan have already ruled out of the tournament as they have lost all their games so far. It would be interesting to see whether Pakistan could win the game or Afghanistan managed to do an upset.
Both the teams haven’t met yet in the history of ICC World Cup so there is no Pak vs AFG Head to Head record available. It would be interesting to see how both the teams performed, especially Pakistan who are under pressure of semi-final qualification.
Predicted Playing 11
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C & WK), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi
Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (C), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan/Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shinwari, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Ali Khil (WK), Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Weather and pitch report
The weather will be clear and fans can enjoy a full 50-over game. The pitch has some grass-covered which will help the spinners.
Prediction for match result
The pressure will be on Pakistan more as they need to win the game to keep their little hope alive to qualify for the semi-finals. On the other hand, Afghanistan are already out of the tournament so they would play freely.
In conclusion, this Pakistan vs Afghanistan game in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 should go in Pakistan’s favour. Even though Afghanistan nearly pulled off the game against India, they lost by mere 11 runs. It is expected that they will give a tough fight. On the other hand, Pakistan won two consecutive games against South Africa and New Zealand and will try to maintain that winning momentum as well.