Dhaka, July 4 (UNB) — West Indies won the toss and opted to bat first against Afghanistan in their last match of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at the Headingley in Leeds on Thursday.
Chris Gayle is likely to play his final World Cup game today. The veteran batsman is just 18 runs away from going past Caribbean legend Brian Lara to become the leading scorer for West Indies in ODIs.
However, both bottom-placed teams --West Indies and Afghanistan -- are already eliminated.
Before this game, West Indies secured 3 points from their eight matches.
They won only match while lost six and one was washed out due to rain.
Afghanistan, on the other hand, lost all of their eight matches.
After winning toss, West Indies captain Jason Holder said, "We are gonna bat first. Seems to be a pretty good wicket. We have one last opportunity and need to get a perfect game together. Two changes for us. Evin Lewis and Kemar Roach come in for and Sunil Ambris and Shannon Gabriel."
Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib said, "I would have wanted to bat first as well. It gets good for the spinners later on. We played really well in the last few games. We will try to play hard. We have two changes. Hamid Hassan and Shahidi are not playing. Dawlat Zadran and Shirzad are playing."
West Indies (Playing XI): Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope(Wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Jason Holder(C), Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Kemar Roach
Afghanistan (Playing XI): Rahmat Shah, Gulbadin Naib(C), Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shinwari, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Ali Khil(Wk), Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Sayed Shirzad, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.