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Afghanistan vs Scotland, ICCWCT20 2021, Today Match Prediction

Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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Toss Winner - Afghanistan won the toss and chose to bat first

Afghanistan beat Scotland by 130 runs

Afghanistan start their campaign against in-form Scotland

  • Afghanistan has a 6-0 win-loss record over Scotland in T20Is.
  • Scotland has crossed the group stages for the first time in 4 T20I world cup appearances (2007, 2009, 2016 & 2021).
  • Afghanistan has played for 5 successive T20I World Cups and have qualified directly for Super-12s for the first time.

Afghanistan will win the match

Tournament: ICC Mens T20 World Cup 2021 | Format: T20 | Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates | Toss: To Bowl

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ICC T20I World Cup is up and running with the Super-12 stages taking place. Afghanistan has been one of the most improved sides in the last decade and their rise in international cricket is one of the most inspiring stories. They qualified directly into the Super-12s this year and they are playing an impressive brand of cricket in T20Is especially. Scotland defeated all 3 teams in their group stages and finished as table toppers to qualify for the super-12s. Their win over Bangladesh will give them confidence to win against all full member nation.

Afghanistan Preview

Afghanistan has an attacking opening duo of Mohammed Shahzad and Hazratullah Zazai followed by experienced players Najibullah Zadran, Ashghar Afghan, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, and Skipper Mohammed Nabi. They have a strong depth in batting line-up with all-rounders Gulabdin Naib and Rashid Khan coming in at No.7 & No.8 for team.

Naveen Ul haq, Hamid Hassan, and Gulabadin naib will be the 3 pace bowlers in the starting XI with Karim Janat as the reserve pacer in the squad.  Spin is the strongest suit of the Afghanistan team lead by enigmatic Rashid Khan with the globetrotting duo of Mohammed Nabi and Mujeeb ur Rahman for company.

Top players to bet on:

Mohammed Nabi – Nabi had a brilliant outing in warm-up matches with bowling figures of 1/25 & 3/2 and finished the innings with cameos of 34* & 6* in the two matches. He will be looking to continue his good form in this match too and strangle the opposition early in the power play too.

Hazratullah Zazai – Zazai scored 56 runs of 34 balls with 6 boundaries and 2 sixes to his name in the warm-up fixture. He will look to play attacking cricket at the top and put the opposition on the back foot early in the match.

Afghanistan Predicted Playing XI:

Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Asghar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (c), Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Hamid Hassan

Afghanistan Actual Playing XI:

Calum MacLeod, Chris Greaves, Richie Berrington, Matthew Cross, Mark Watt, Josh Davey, Bradley Wheal, Safyaan Sharif, George Munsey, Michael Leask, Kyle Coetzer

Scotland Preview

Scotland chased down the 123-run target in their last group game against Oman easily with their top-4 of George Munsey (20 runs), Kyle Coetzer (41 runs), Mathew Cross (36* runs), and Richie Berrington (31* runs) playing crucial knocks. Chris Greaves and Mark Watt too have played match winning knocks from the lower order.

Pace trio of Josh Davey, Bradley Wheal, and Sayann Sharif are expected to continue their good work with the ball and they claimed 14 wickets between them in 3 matches so far. Mark Watt, Chris Greaves, and Michael Leask will be their spin department and have provided good support to pacers with 8 wickets at an economy rate of around 7 RPO so far.

Top players to bet on:

Richie Berrington – Berrington has scores of 70 & 31* in the last 2 matches and played crucial knocks in helping his team win. We expect him to continue his good rhythm in this match too and score big runs in middle overs.

Josh Davey – Davey is having a dream run with the ball so far with figures of 3/25, 4/18, & 1/24 in the 3 matches. He has taken up the role of bowling in the powerplay and death overs and is performing them to great effect so far.

Scotland Predicted Playing XI:

George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer (c), Matthew Cross (wk), Richie Berrington, Calum MacLeod, Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Josh Davey, Safyaan Sharif, Bradley Wheal

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Weather Conditions

Sharjah will have bright sunny weather with early 30 degrees on the match day. We expect full match with no weather disturbances.

Venue Details

Sharjah has been the slower track and batters are finding it difficult to time the ball. Spinners might be very effective on this track and pacers will look to use their variations to great effect. We expect scores in the range of 120-140 runs in this match.

Toss: To Bowl

Teams are not sure of the nature of the UAE tracks and twice in aslt week teams batting first were bowled out for less than 60 runs. Both captains will look to chase the total on this track.

Afghanistan will be the stronger team on paper with better experienced players and they have a lot of experience playing across different T20 leagues. They have one of the strongest spin departments to compete with any team. Scotland on the other hand will have momentum on their side with hat-trick of wins. Scotland batters ability to play Afghan spinners will be key moment in this match and however wins this contest will have an upper hand. We expect Afghanistan to win this match owing to their superior head-to-head record and experience in this match.

Afghanistan will win the match

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Author: Dhinesh Kumar