Afghanistan - West Indies World T20 Preview: West Indies looking for the perfect four against an Afghan side looking to end on a high

West Indies face a brave Afghanistan side looking to make it four wins from four and keep up their momentum going into the semi-finals

Afghanistan - West Indies World T20 Preview: West Indies looking for the perfect four against an Afghan side looking to end on a high
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Afghanistan play their final game of the World T20 against high-flyers West Indies in Group 1 of the Super 10s. Afghanistan will be looking to end the competition on a high while the Windies will be looking to make it four wins from four in the group. 

Afghanistan came into the competition on a high after getting through the qualifying stage with three wins from three. In their first game, they came up against the defending champions Sri Lanka and produced a decent performance but fell to defeat by six wickets. In their second game they played South Africa and after conceding over 200 when bowling many people thought they wouldn't get anywhere near it. In response though they gave it a right go but fell short by 37 runs. It is the third game where they will have real regrets when the pushed England all the way but, in the end, fell to a 15 run defeat. 

West Indies have been brilliant so far in the competition and with a semi-final place already in the bag, they will want to win every game. In their first game, they played England and were set a big score of 180 but they chased it down very easily with Chris Gayle scoring a brilliant hundred to get his team the win with six wickets remaining. In their second game, it was a more tense affair but they got over the line by seven wickets in the end. In their third game, they faced South Africa and they just about got over the line winning the game by three wickets in the last over of the game to qualify for the semi-final.

These two teams have never played each other in this form of the game so therefore, this will be testing new waters for both. West Indies will obviously be favourites for the game but with the brand of cricket that the Afghan team play they will believe that they can pull off a big shock. 

Key Players

Marlon Samuels - Marlon Samuels is the key man for the West Indies side and it was his innings against South Africa that saw them get home in a very tense finish. Samuels also knows how to perform in the big tournaments and played one of the finest innings anyone will ever see in the 2012 final against Sri Lanka. Samuels will be hoping that he can keep up his good form all the way through the tournament to see his side win it for the second time. 

Mohammed Nabi - Nabi has a had a brilliant tournament and has been unlucky his brilliant performances haven't resulted in his side, at least, getting one win in the Super 10 stage. Nabi starred against England in his team's last game taking two wickets and almost got his side to a win but England turned it around and won the match. Nabi also has scored one half-century in the qualifiers so he will be one that the West Indies will want to make sure doesn't get going.

Nabi had a brilliant game against England last time out | Photo:
Nabi had a brilliant game against England last time out | Photo:

Team News


Afghanistan have played really well in all of their games so far so are unlikely to change their team from their last game especially as the pitch is likely to be a spinner friendly pitch and that is the team's strength. 

Squad: Asghar Stanikzai (capt), Amir Hamza, Dawlat Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Hamid Hassan, Karim Sadiq, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Najibullah Zadran, Noor Ali Zadran, Rashid Khan, Samiullah Shenwari, Shafiqullah, Shapoor Zadran, Usman Ghani.

West Indies 

Gayle came back against South Africa in the last game after missing the second game with an injury and is likely to stay in the team unless his injury played up again during the last game. The team is unlikely to be changed as they have played such good cricket there really isn't any need to change unless the pitch demands it. 

Squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor.