Afghanistan vs Scotland
The second match of the Group B of Qualifying round will be played between Afghanistan and Scotland.the match will be played at Nagpur. Afghanistan will surely be called as favourites but they can’t deny the fact that Scottish team is quite professional and have ability to win at any place.
Coming toward the Afghanistan team who have the best win lose ratio in the world from the start of 2015 and have won 13 matches out of 16 in the last year. But they remained unlucky as they couldn’t play much cricket with the top teams of the world due to the busy schedule of the top nations. They lost to Nepal in the 2014 Qualifying round which ended their dream to play with big boys in 2014 World cup. And this time they lost to UAE due to which they couldn’t qualify for the Asia cup 2016. But when u keep these facts aside and look at their team they have some really serious talent in them. They play with passion and have quality hitters who can turn the match in some overs. Afghanistan team captain Mohammad Nabi also participated in Pakistan Super league which was a big boost for them. Also their wicketKeeper batsmen Mohammad Shehzad is in red hot form. The way he played vs Zimbabwe was some serious class. Afghanistan will also be happy as they are aware of the Asian conditions and can adopt these conditions easily also their track record is really good and they are surely considered as favorites to play with big boys.
Coming toward the Scotland team they are not in a good touch these days as they couldn’t performed up to the expectation level but they have some professional players who surely be an asset for them. Scotland will play this qualifying round as underdogs due to the Asian conditions and their form but they have players like Mark Watt who is good orthodox spinner and can be handy for them. Scotland have a worst record against Afghanistan as they never beat them and a 0-5 record against them but it is possible that this record might change. Scotland will have to play their best to win the match and if they managed to win that one that will be a big boost for them in the upcoming matches.
The pitch have cracks and it will turn and trouble the batsmen so it will be a great joy to see how batsmen take it..