World Cup, Match 38: England vs Afghanistan at Sydney
This World Cup has been the most humiliating period for England in the history of ODI cricket. They entered the tournament brimming with confidence under the leadership of new captain Eoin Morgan. Five matches later, they are the laughing stock of world cricket. England already cannot make the quarter finals, having lost four of their five matches including a loss to the lowly Bangladesh in a do-or-die clash this week. England’s only victory for the tournament came over minnow nation Scotland, who have never won a World Cup match. Here again England will face an associate nation and one which they should, in theory, have no difficulty in defeating. But England’s confidence is non-existent, while Afghanistan are a feisty unit. Even still, it is hard to see England suffering yet another upset loss. Expect them to do enough to beat Afghanistan.
Samiullah Shenwari vs England’s struggling bowlers:
If Afghanistan are to cause a boilover in this match, they need their rock, Shenwari, to anchor their innings with a big score. England’s bowlers are ripe for the picking after a horrific tournament during which even their accomplished veteran pacemen James Anderson and Stuart Broad have been cannon fodder. England’s bowling at the death has been horrendous and Afghanistan will look to keep wickets in hand for an assault in the final 10 overs of their innings.