Afghanistan vs West Indies 3rd ODI Prediction & Betting Tips
About The Match
There are two kinds of dead rubbers: one where you've lost the series and you play with nothing to lose; and the other where you've won the series and play with freedom. There's an air of being deflated in the former, and a free rein in the latter. Either way, it results in imperviousness. cricket betting tips This is why cricket promotes dead-rubbers when no other sport does. The tension disappears, and the players are suddenly released from these diabolical, viewless shackles.
West Indies have finally hit the bull's eye with a shot in the dark, for the first time in 5 years - their last ODI series win came in August 2014 against Bangladesh. After 5 years of CPR, some life has been found inside that maroon attire, and West Indies will play their first 'good' ODI dead rubber in a long time, and can afford to try things out.
Perhaps Shai Hope can exit the shell he's locked himself in, Chase can continue his run of form in ODIs, and Pooran just continues to be Pooran. Collectively, if the team can play with typically Caribbean levels of freedom, wouldn't it make for a delightful, if somewhat gory, sight?
Afghanistan have now lost 11 consecutive ODIs, dating back to the World Cup. With every loss, they redefine their rockbottom - unprecedented troughs after the contrasting jubilation of a maiden Test win, just over two months ago. They've set targets, they've chased targets, but as the world works out the chicanery in Afghanistan's spin department, their relatively sombre batting is now under the spotlight.
The deadly Zazai has been found out on the off-side, the openers continue to struggle, Ikram Ali Khil needs time to settle in, and there's only so much Rahmat Shah can do on his own. As for the bowlers, they continue to contain and haven't been dominated in a long time, but the spinners have lost their incisiveness a little.
Their wicket-taking abilities have undergone a conspicuous dip. As much as that puts the bowlers under pressure, they have still managed to contain and maintain a certain standard. It's been the batting that's let them down, and will be under the scanner in the final ODI.
What: Afghanistan vs West Indies, 3rd ODI, 2PM IST
Where: Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
What to expect: Conditions have become much better but the pollution levels are still very severe. cricket prediction There are no rains expected on the match day, but with sapping levels of humidity in Lucknow, expect dew to play a major role. It is also expected that the officials take action regarding the rather embarrassing insect situation in the previous ODI.
West Indies: W.W.L.L.W.L.L.L.L.L
Afghanistan: The openers continue to struggle, and perhaps Ibrahim Zadran will finally be handed a debut. Hazratullah Zazai is most likely to make way for him. Expect other changes too, given that this is a dead rubber.
West Indies: After sealing the series, it is likely that they rest one of their regular bowlers and give Kharry Pierre a shot in the final ODI.cbtf cricket Shimron Hetmyer's form continues to be worrying, but he is likely to get a long rope given his potential.