Scotland vs. Afghanistan: 1st ODI Match Preview
Scotland vs. Afghanistan: 1st ODI Match Preview

Afghanistan will begin their preparations for the forthcoming World Cup with an ODI series against Scotland at Grange Cricket Club in Edinburgh on Wednesday. Afghanistan will be led by newly-appointed captain Gulbadin Naib where he faces his first real challenge ahead of World Cup. Nevertheless, Afghanistan will be looking as favorites against Scotland as they have plenty of experience in the top-order with the likes of Mohammad Shahzad, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah. While Asghar Afghan and Najibullah Zadran will play a key role in the middle-order. The onus of picking wickets will be on Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Dawlat Zadran. While Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi will miss out this game after participating in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Scotland, on the other hand, will be led by Kyle Coetzer who has impressed everyone in their last ODI match against England where they won that match by six runs where Calum MacLeod scored 140 (not out) against the strong England side. He will be the key player against Afghanistan, along with their opening pair Kyle Coetzer and Matthew Cross. With the likes of George Munsey and Richie Berrington in the middle-order can help Scotland to score a competitive total against the Afghan side. However, they might feel difficult to play against Afghan spinners.

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The right-handed explosive batsman's record against Scotland has been excellent where he scored 352 runs in just eight innings at an average of 50.28 along

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