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Pakistan’s solution to spin the threat against Afghanistan

Pakistan’s solution to spin the threat against Afghanistan

Sub-continent teams have generally been prone to the spinning conditions, but coming to the World Cup it is a different ball game altogether. The pressure of the situation tends to get better of the players every now and then.

In the recent past, Pakistan's record against the spin has generally been very poor. Gone are the days when the likes of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younus Khan handled the spin beautifully in the middle-overs for Pakistan.

Pakistan will face two sides with the dominant spin attack (Bangladesh and Afghanistan) in their last two group matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The first battle will be against Afghanistan on Saturday. Pakistan lost the warm-up match against Afghanistan due to their lack of ability to tackle the spin threat from Afghanistan.

How will Pakistan plan against the likes of Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Rashid Khan, and Mohammad Nabi?  Read them of their hands, before they read you of your minds, that will be the key. Pakistani batsmen have to pick the wrist positions of Afghanistan's spinners if they want to dominate them.

Playing late against Rashid Khan and staying on the back foot will help the batsmen as he does not have a very effective flighted delivery. Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq should see off Mujeeb in the first 10-overs. Pakistani batsmen also should not take Mohammad Nabi lightly as he was the one who changed the game in the warm-up match. Pakistan can chip in with Shoaib Malik as he has the ability to play spin well in the middle overs.