Who Will Win Scotland vs Afghanistan, 1st ODI 2019?
Afghanistan are scheduled to tour Scotland for a couple of one-day internationals as part of their preparations for the forthcoming World Cup. The first ODI will be played on May 8 at the Grange Cricket Club in Edinburgh. Live telecast of the match will begin at 11 AM local time.
SCO vs AFG, 1st ODI 2019: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: Star Sports, Sky Sports Cricket, OSN Sports Cricket HD, Ten Sports, Fox Sports, SuperSport
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Scotland will need their top-order batsmen Kyle Coetzer, Calum MacLeod and Richie Berrington to score the big runs for them if they are to challenge Afghanistan. Coetzer is the team's leading run-getter in ODIs as well as the leading run-getter at this ground in this format. MacLeod is averaging 58.77 here while Berrington has a century and 11 fifties in his career of 70 ODIs. The hosts will be relying mainly on Safyaan Sharif, Alasdair Evans and Mark Watt to deliver the goods for them with the ball. Sharif and Evans are two of the most successful Scottish bowlers in the 50-over format and the onus will be on them to provide the early breakthroughs with the new ball. Watt has taken five wickets at this ground and he too can trouble the Afghan batsmen with his left-arm spin.
Scotland Predicted Playing 11
Matthew Cross (wk), Kyle Coetzer (c), Calum MacLeod, Richie Berrington, George Munsey, Michael Leask, Safyaan Sharif, Mark Watt, Alasdair Evans, Tom Sole, Bradley Wheal
Afghanistan Team News & Playing 11
Afghanistan's batting will depend primarily on the likes of Mohammad Shahzad, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan and Mohammad Nabi. Rahmat Shah and Shahzad have a century and a fifty respectively at this ground in ODIs and the visitors will be hoping for at least one of them to play a big knock on Wednesday. Nabi is a vital cog in this line-up. The all-rounder is the team's leading run-getter in the format as well as one of their best bowlers with 118 wickets. Rashid Khan, however, will be the biggest threat for the Scottish batsmen. The leg-spinner has taken the most ODI wickets for Afghanistan - 123 wickets in 57 matches. Mujeeb Ur Rahman has two four-fers and one five-fer in ODIs and his deceptive off-breaks can cause problems for the home team.
Afghanistan Predicted Playing 11
Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Gulbadin Naib (c), Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam
Scotland vs Afghanistan Team Form in Last Five Matches
SCO : W L L W T
AFG : L W L NR W
Scotland vs Afghanistan Betting Odds
Afghanistan are the bookmakers' favorites to win this first one-day international at odds of 1.44 on Betway, 1.50 on Bet365 and 1.42 on Betrally. Scotland, in contrast, are the underdogs for this game at 2.70 with Betrally and 2.62 with Betway and Bet365.
Scotland vs Afghanistan Prediction
Scotland have the advantage of playing in their own conditions and they have won five of their last six completed ODIs at this ground. They beat England in their last ODI outing here and that should give them a lot of confidence. However, Afghanistan have a strong record against the hosts with seven wins from eleven completed meetings. The tourists look superior on both batting and bowling fronts, and despite playing in foreign conditions, we expect them to win the series opener.
Back Afghanistan to beat Scotland at 1.44 with Betway, 1.50 with Bet365 and 1.42 with Betrally.