Steve Smith and David Warner’s comeback has had an immediate affect on the staff.

Australia. (Photograph by Shaun Botterill/Getty Pictures)

The final time these two sides met, it was in Perth in a gaggle stage fixture of the ICC World Cup 2015. Australia mounted the event’s highest ever staff whole courtesy David Warner’s flabbergasting pyrotechnics and it actually was a stroll within the park for the host nation again then. Effectively, Afghanistan do boast of a greater bowling assault proper now, however they’re nonetheless susceptible.

Steve Smith and David Warner‘s comeback has had an immediate affect on the staff. They give the impression of being compact with the bat and astounding with the ball, making them one of many groups to be careful for. The five-time champions have gotten all of the packing containers ticked precisely on the proper time and them being the one facet to win each their warmup fixtures speaks for the shape they’re in.

Afghanistan, alternatively, received their first warmup fixture in opposition to Pakistan however had been humiliated by the hosts England in the second. All of the momentum they garnered with a win vanished in a few days time, however they did present indicators of what they’re able to. The holders will probably be determined to defend the title and a superb begin on this recreation might get them off and working.

Enjoying Combos


It’s nonetheless a thriller as to who will open for the five-time champions, however Warner and Khawaja are more likely to begin the innings with Smith at quantity 3. Finch, Stoinis and Maxwell kind a stupendous center order who is not going to get cracked down very simply. They’ve 5 real quick bowlers to choose from and they’re anticipated to decide on Cummins, Behrendorff and Starc to be within the XI, with Adam Zampa being the lone spinner.

Predicted XI

David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Aaron Finch (c), Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa


Shahzad and Hazratullah Zazai kind probably the most attacking opening pairs on this World Cup. They’ve the likes of Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi who can play it round and make life simpler for the attackers. Their entire power lies of their spin trio of Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammad Nabi and the person himself, Rashid Khan. Dawlat Zadran and Hamid Hassan would possibly get a nod forward of the remaining among the many three pacers obtainable of their squad.

Predicted XI

Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib (c), Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Focus will probably be on

Pat Cummins (Australia)

Top-of-the-line bowlers on this planet proper now, Pat Cummins didn’t bowl in opposition to England however chipped in with an honest spell in opposition to Sri Lanka. The consistency with which he has been selecting wickets and stemming the run movement has been very spectacular and is predicted to be one of many highest wicket-takers this version. Their bowling trio with Cummins, Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc will probably be very arduous to get away.

Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)

In a recreation the place the lads in yellow are anticipated to attain loads, it received’t be straightforward to include runs for the remaining, however Rashid Khan can undoubtedly do this in his 10 overs. While that’s one thing he at all times does, it’ll be attention-grabbing to see what number of wickets he can choose. In current occasions, when batsmen determined to see his overs off by not taking any dangers, he didn’t look very efficient and will probably be eager to get extra wickets than he did within the IPL.

Face to face

Matches performed – 2 | Australia received – 2 | Afghanistan – 0 | No consequence – 0

Stat Assault

2 – Coulter-Nile wants 2 extra scalps to finish 50 ODI wickets.

417 – Australia piled up 417 runs in opposition to Afghanistan within the final World Cup, which stays the best staff rating within the event’s historical past.

Broadcasting particulars

TV – Star Sports activities

Reside stream – Hotstar

Match Timings – 6 pm (IST) and 12.30 pm (GMT).