Pakistan will be all geared up when they meet Afghanistan in the first warm-up match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
The game will be played on Friday, May 24 at the County Ground in Bristol.
Pakistan 232/6 in 43 overs.
Pakistan won the toss and bat first
The match will start at 2:30 PM PKT, 9:30 AM GMT.
Pakistan is coming into the World Cup after facing a 4-0 ODI series loss against England recently. Afghanistan has been in the continent for some time now as they tied a two-match ODI series 1-1 against Ireland.
Pakistan vs Afghanistan, 1st Warm-up game. Pakistan win the toss and opt to bat.
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) May 24, 2019
ICC Cricket World Cup warm-up broadcasters
PTV Sports and Ten Sports are the official broadcasters of the World Cup in Pakistan. Star Sports 1 will telecast the match live in India. Radio-television Afghanistan will be broadcasting the matches of the World Cup in Afghanistan. Hotstar will live stream the World Cup matches across the Indian subcontinent while SonyLiv is due to live stream the games in Pakistan along with PTV Sports website.
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) May 23, 2019
Pakistan ready to change the momentum
Pakistan has seen some changes in their squad just before the start of the highly anticipated tournament. Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, and Asif Ali replaced Faheem Ashraf, Junaid Khan, and Abid Ali in the 15-member squad for the World Cup. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has been under some stress with the injury of opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq, but he is likely to be fit before the main tournament starts on May 30. As this is a warm-up match, both the teams will be allowed to play all their 15 players. Pakistan would like to bring some confidence back into their team before they finally meet West Indies on May 31 in their campaign opener in Nottingham.
کرکٹ ورلڈ کپ کے آغاز میں صرف 6دن باقی ۔۔۔میگا ایونٹ کی تیاریوں کے سلسلے میں قومی ٹیم وارم اپ میچ میں آج افغانستان کے مد مقابل ہو گی۔۔ میچ دن دو بجکر تیس منٹ پر برسٹل میں شروع ہوگا۔۔ pic.twitter.com/J94flymw6L
— PTV Sports (@PTVSp0rts) May 24, 2019
Amidst all the drama, Afghanistan embrace the English challenge
Afghanistan is yet to show their best to the World under their new skipper Gulbadin Naib. The all-rounder will be confident after picking a six-for against Ireland earlier this week, but his side is yet to get a feel of the English conditions. Experienced men like Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Shahzad, and Rashid Khan will be key if the Asian team has to make an impact in this tournament.
As it is the start of the season, it is highly doubtful how the wicket in Bristol will behave. Bristol is known to produce high scores. Clear skies in the city suggest a good day for playing cricket.