Afghanistan looks to add on Zimbabwe's misery
Our prediction is Afghanistan will win the match!
Afghanistan enters the T20I tri-series as the favorites to win the tournament and as the top-ranked T20I side of the three teams. Skipper Rashid Khan will be on a high after winning his first test match as a full-time skipper. Afghanistan will be a tougher team to beat in this format.
Zimbabwe was the better team for more than half of the match, but the late surge from the Bangladeshi lower-order batsmen took the match away from them. They will be disappointed with the loss but will take a lot of positives from the last match. Zimbabwe must get some wins under their name in the tri-series in order to progress to the finals.
Afghanistan is one of the very experienced sides in the T20I format with their players representing leagues across different nations consistently. Left-hander Hazaratullah Zazai, Ashghar Afghan, and Najibullah Zadran will form the core of the batting order and they need to bat well consistently for the team. All-rounders Mohammed Nabi and Gulbadin Naib are expected to play a huge role with both bat and ball in hand.
Skipper Rashid Khan and Mystery spinner Mujjeb Ur Rahman will take control of the spin department and are one of the top bowlers in the T20 circuit. Dawlat Zadran, and Fareed Malik will the pace bowling duo of the team and can form a mighty right-left combo in the bowling.
Rashid Khan – Rashid Khan is the No. 1 ranked T20I bowler in ICC ratings and he comes off after an 11- wicket match haul in the one-off test match against Bangladesh. He also scored some quickfire fifties in the test match.
Hazaratullah Zazai – Zazai is an attacking opening batsman who can hit some big sixes and provide some lusty blows. He will be tough batsmen to stop once he gets going.
Rashid Khan (C), Shafiullah Shafiq (wk), Dawlat Zadran, Fareed Malik, Hazaratullah Zazai, Ashghar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammed Nabi, Gulbaden Naib, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Najeeb Tarakai
Farid Malik, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Karim Janat, Asghar Afghan, Gulbadin Naib, N Tarakai, Hazratullah Zazai, N Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan
Zimbabwe team victory is becoming more and more elusive after they lost their Bangladesh from a winning position. They were struggling at 63/5 in the 10-over mark before Ryan Burl and Mutumbodzi added an unbeaten 81-run partnership. Ryan Burl was sublime touch and scored a half-century in just 29 balls to lead his team to a good total of 144 runs in 18 overs.
Their bowling unit skittled Bangladesh to 60/6 at the halfway mark before Afif Hossain and Mosadek Hossain stole the show for the hosts. The match turned upside down in a couple of overs where almost 30 runs were scored restoring the Bangladeshi hopes for a win. Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara, and Madziva took 2 wickets each and troubled the batsmen consistently.
Ryan Burl - Burl had a good all-round match scoring 57 runs off 32 balls and took one wicket with the ball in hand. But, he will be dejected for leaking 16 runs in his final over which tilted the momentum.
Hamilton Masakadza – Masakadza looked good for his 34 runs before being dismissed. He will look to convert his start to a big substantial score in this match and lead his team from the front.
Brendan Taylor (wk), Hamilton Masakadza (c), Ryan Burl, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Timycen Maruma, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Tony Munyonga, Neville Madziva, Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara
Ryan Burl, Neville Madziva, Hamilton Masakadza, Ainsley Ndlovu, Regis Chakabva, Tendai Chatara, Craig Ervine, Kyle Jarvis, BRM Taylor, CT Mutombodzi, Sean Williams
Dhaka pitch will be a good pitch for the batsmen and they will find run-scoring easier here as the balls come onto the bat nicely. Last match 140+ runs were scored in just 18 overs easily. The weather looks cloudy and rain is expected to make its presence in this match.
Chasing is the best option in T20Is as no score is safe nowadays. Teams are comfortable chasing the target rather than setting one.
Afghanistan has players who have vast experience in T20 matches and they play well as a team in the T20I format especially. Zimbabwe put on a spirited performance in the first match despite their loss. But we expect Afghanistan to win this match!