You’ve seen the memes. You know the story. We are in 1992. Every group match, as well as so many other coincidences are the same in 2019 as in 1992 for Pakistan, and that is when they won the World Cup. The problem is that in 1992 the group matches end here, and yet in 2019 Pakistan still have two matches, and they probably need to win both. So how do the memes fit in? Are they supposed to win these or not? Also note that Afghanistan beat Pakistan in their warm-up match. And don’t forget that Pakistan are known as the team that wins the unwinnable but loses the unloseable. Is this their banana peel? Can Afghanistan get their first World Cup win against a team vying for a semi-final berth?
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Five Fearless Predictions:
(1) Rashid Khan is going to come good
I have faith in Rashid Khan being a whole lot better than his performance in this tournament suggests. Perhaps it is because the pitches and conditions haven’t suited spin bowling. Perhaps it is because Afghanistan have been pretty bad. In this game, though, I think he will shine.
(2) Mohammad Amir will really come good
He’s been the best bowler in the tournament so far and surely against Afghanistan he will shine even brighter than he has so far.
(3) Mohammad Nabi will shine
He’s been in great form ever since the IPL and I expect that to continue with both bat and ball.
(4) Babar Azam will shine
He surprisingly was given the man of the match award in Pakistan’s win against New Zealand, and, like how Mohammad Shami got a lucky hat-trick then the next match actually bowled well, I think that Babar Azam getting easy runs against New Zealand, buoyed by a strange man of the match award, will lead him to actually do well here.
(5) Pakistan will win
There is some scope for Afghanistan to win but I think that Pakistan will overcome their jitters to get home in this must-win match.