Scotland Preston Mommsen
Scotland skipper Preston Mommsen believes his team are primed to beat Afghanistan in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 matchReuters

Afghanistan and Scotland will hunt for their first win of this ICC World Cup 2015 and CWC history when they clash in Dunedin on Thursday.

Both teams have failed to win their opening two matches of this ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, and with more difficult games against seriously good opposition to come, this will be the two sides' best opportunity to bank that win in their kitty.

Afghanistan lost their first match in this World Cup to Bangladesh, rather too easily, but they came back with a vengeance against Sri Lanka, and it was only their lack of experience in the big games which worked against them.

On another day, they could have easily walked away with a win over the former champions and 2007 and 2011 finalists, but it was not to be and all they could take from that match was some psychological points.

Those psychological points will be in Scotland's favour, thinks Preston Mommsen, with the Scottish skipper pointing to a win against Afghanistan in the UAE just before the start of the World Cup. Even if Scotland won the second of a two-match series, it must be said, Afghanistan easily beat them in the first game.

"We take a huge amount of confidence from that game in Abu Dhabi, huge psychological advantage, I think," said Mommsen on Wednesday. "We had a clear, clear strategy and tactic against them, and I'm pretty sure that we'll resort to the same formula tomorrow.

"We've played a lot of cricket against them in recent times, and we know that they do have good ammunition in their pace attack. We expect them to use their skills.

"It is a fresh wicket, so we'll have to play pretty tight cricket up front and negotiate that new ball, and hopefully get them back in their second and third spells and try and score then. But they are a very handy attack, and we'll respect that."

Scotland were quite impressive with the ball as well against New Zealand, picking up seven Kiwi wickets in a small chase, but they were blown away by their neighbours England in their last match.

That loss will still be hurting them quite a bit, especially the nature of the loss, as they hardly put up a fight against the still-struggling-to-find-their-rhythm England.

However, having played Afghanistan, who will be without Mirwais Ashraf, quite a few times in the recent past, even if they do not have a winning record against them, Scotland will go into the game confident of picking up that opening victory.

"Generally a Scotland-Afghanistan game is quite feisty and there's quite a bit of passion on display, quite a bit of aggression, and I think tomorrow will be no different," added Mommsen.

"If we get the opportunity to take a hold of the game, that's something we need to do. If you give them a sniff, then that sort of gets them going, gets their confidence up, and that's something that we have to make sure doesn't happen, and hopefully we can negate that from ball one."

Where to Watch Live

Get the Report and Scorecard of the Match HERE

The match between Scotland and Afghanistan is scheduled for a 11 am local time (3.30 am IST, 10 pm GMT, 5 pm ET) start with the Star Sports network providing live coverage in India. Viewers in the country can also watch the match via live streaming online on the Starsports website and Starsports Live Pro.

Catch the action live in Scotland, the UK and Ireland on Sky Sports, with the option to live stream on Sky Go. Viewers in US can watch the game live on ESPN and Watch ESPN.

The match can be caught live in New Zealand on Sky TV while all the action can be live streamed online on Sky Go NZ. Australia viewers will be able to watch the match live on Channel 9 and Fox Sports with the live streaming option on Cricket Australia Live and Foxtel.

Finally, viewers watching the match in the UAE can do so on OSN Sports or OSN Play.

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