World Cup 2019: West Indies opted to bat first against Afghanistan

LEEDS: West Indies, in the 44th match of the World Cup on Thursday, opted to bat first after winning the toss against Afghanistan here at Leeds.

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Afghanistan will be gently convinced as they take the field against West Indies — the opponents they have beaten thrice in four completed games, including the seven-wicket conquest in the World Cup Qualifier final in Zimbabwe last year.

West Indies, much like Afghanistan have fall short to generate an all-round performance, excluding their opening match victory against Pakistan — their only victory in this World Cup so far.

Squads:

Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (c), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah (wk), Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Ikram Ali Khil

West Indies: Jason Holder (c), Chris Gayle, Kemar Roach, Darren Bravo, Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope, Sheldon Cottrell, Evin Lewis, Shannon Gabriel, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Shimron Hetmyer, Fabian Allen, Oshane Thomas, Nicholas Pooran

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