Afghanistan and Australia will begin their World Cup campaign at County Ground, Bristol. Both teams will want to get off to a winning start and would like to bring their best to the table. Meanwhile, Australia has peaked its form at the right time. In fact, six months ago, Australia was nowhere close to been the World Cup favorites. However, they have turned the tables at the right time and would like to get off to a fine start. We take a look at Match Prediction of the third match of the ICC World Cup between Afghanistan and Australia.
Meanwhile, David Warner is declared fit for the opening contest and the southpaw batsman will open the innings for Australia. Thus, it is a big boost for Australia ahead of their first match. Furthermore, Steven Smith is in red hot form as the talisman batsman had scored a fine hundred in the warm-up match against arch-rivals England. Hence, Smith will like to continue his good form going.
Australia will aim to get off to a good start.
Australia has found their form and they have the experience of winning big matches. The Aussies can never be taken lightly and they have shown in the last four months that why they are the powerhouse. Australia had won the ODI series against India by 3-2 and whitewashed Pakistan by 5-0 in their last bilateral series.
Furthermore, it would be interesting to note how Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc will bowl in this World Cup. Both of these gun fast bowlers haven’t played a lot of white ball format in the recent past and their performance is going to hold the key.
On the other hand, Afghanistan has taken massive strides in the cricket world. They will like to start on a high and can take confidence from their three wickets win over Pakistan in the warm-up match. However, their fast bowling can be their Achilles Heel and it would be interesting to note their performance. The onus will be on their spin battery of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammed Nabi.
There is no iota of doubt that Australia will start this match as red hot favorites. They are a potent side however they will not make the mistake of taking Afghanistan lightly. Australia is in great form and they would aim to get off to a winning start to begin their World Cup defense.
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