Afghanistan vs West Indies: Cricket World Cup 2019 Betting Match 42

Ed Hawkins

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 9:40 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jul. 2, 2019 9:40 PM UTC

Ed Hawkins (@cricketbetting) says West Indies look vulnerable against the bottom-placed team
<div><h2>Afghanistan v West Indies</h2><div><strong><a href="http://www.oddsmarket.com/cricket/int/world-cup/afghanistan-vs-west-indies-3738818/?mtid=6" target="_blank">Thursday, 4th July at Headingley Carnegie Stadium</a></strong></div><p><br />Afghanistan could make it fourth time lucky in their bid for a victory in this World Cup by taking down West Indies at Headingley on Thursday.</p><p><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=163&amp;a=615e7c38-c0fe-485b-9b38-e2a564caf4c9&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="https://cmscdn.staticcache.org/assets/image/0010/1348480/WHC_27042_CIRCKET_ICC_WC_IN_PLAY_INSURANCE_1280x480.jpg" style="width:100%" /></a></p><p>The Afghans have come mighty close against Sri Lanka, India, and Pakistan, proving they are a competitive unit but one that has struggled to have the nous to close out a winning position.</p><p>Although that sounds like too big a negative, they face a West Indies team who suffer from the exact same problem. It is arguable that West Indies should have beaten Australia and New Zealand. They had both of those matches in their pockets.</p><p>Those losses could have knocked the stuffing out of the West Indies. In their last outing against Sri Lanka, they went off as prohibitive favourites but were blown away by the Sri Lanka batting up front. It was a stunning upset on the odds and there will be few takers of more skinny odds on the Windies. They are no better than 2/7 (1.29 with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coral </a><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/cricket/int/world-cup/afghanistan-vs-west-indies-3738818/?mtid=6" target="_blank">here</a>).</p><p>Afghanistan will be heartened by Sri Lanka’s display and will surely be gung-ho in their last chance. By contrast, West Indies are thinking of the plane home and may struggle for motivation.</p><p>Certainly, there appears little to fear for the Afghans. West Indies, as we have said consistently, have proven to be one-trick ponies. They are brutish with ball and bat, only knowing how to play one way. They try to bowl short and fast. If that doesn’t work there’s no plan B. With the bat they look to go hard and fast. If that doesn’t work there is no plan B.</p><p>On a Headingley surface which might offer a little bit of grip for an army of Afghan spinners, including Rashid Khan, will relish taking on a West Indies batting line-up who might not fancy pace off the ball.</p><p>Of course, we have to be worried about what Afghanistan can do with the bat. In small chases against Sri Lanka and India they have fallen short. And they are also prone to the odd meltdown in the field as witnessed against Pakistan when they made some inexplicable tactical calls.</p><p>But the 17/5 (4.4) that <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&amp;a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Betfair offer is a value punt</a> and we’re happy to take the gamble.</p><p><strong>Match tip with value: </strong>Afghanistan to win at 4.4 (17/5)</p></div>
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