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West Indies Aim to Maintain Momentum Against Afghanistan in T20 World Cup Clash

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The T20 World Cup group stage concludes with an exciting encounter between two unbeaten teams, the West Indies and Afghanistan. While both sides have already secured their spots in the Super Eight stage, the match at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in Gros Islet, St Lucia, carries significant weight for momentum and pride.

West Indies: A Team With Championship Pedigree

The West Indies boast a fearsome batting lineup packed with power hitters from top to bottom. This isn’t a new phenomenon for the Windies, who have historically been a force to be reckoned with in T20 cricket. Their batting prowess is complemented by a balanced bowling attack featuring incisive fast bowlers and effective spinners.

The current West Indies squad, led by Rovman Powell, bears a striking resemblance to their championship-winning teams of 2012 and 2016. Back then, Samuel Badree provided crucial early breakthroughs with his legspin. In 2024, left-arm orthodox bowler Akeal Hosein fulfills a similar role. It’s no coincidence that Daren Sammy, the captain who led them to glory in those years, is now at the helm as head coach.

Powell Seeks Big Score, Windies Eye Momentum

Despite their dominant form, West Indies captain Rovman Powell is yet to find his footing in the tournament. With only 39 runs in three matches, a big score against Afghanistan would be a huge confidence booster for him and the entire team heading into the Super Eights.

Afghanistan’s Challenge: Facing Power and Facing India

Afghanistan faces a stiff test in the Super Eight round, where they’ll be up against powerhouses like India, Australia, and Bangladesh. Maintaining a winning momentum and a positive vibe will be crucial for their success in the knockout stages.

Rashid Khan: A Threat to West Indies Batting?

Afghanistan’s bowling attack hinges on the experience and guile of Rashid Khan. The leg-spinner has been in good form, taking six wickets in the World Cup so far, all in the middle overs. However, his career record against the West Indies suggests a different story. In eight T20I matches, he has only managed nine wickets against them, with the Windies being one of only four teams where his average dips into the 20s.

A Match of High Stakes Despite Qualification

While qualification for the Super Eights is secured, the match between West Indies and Afghanistan promises to be an enthralling encounter. Both teams will be eager to avoid a stumble and carry winning momentum into the crucial knockout stages of the T20 World Cup

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