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Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe, free match prediction 17 Mar 2021

17 Mar 2021 | 20:30 | Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE
198/5 in 20.0 9.90 winner
150/7 in 20.0 7.50

Afghanistan Vs Zimbabwe betting odds

AFG

1.22

ZIM

3.85

Toss Winner - Zimbabwe won the toss and chose to bowl first

winner Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe by 48 runs

After wrapping up the Test series 1-1, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe will now clash in a 3-match T20I series.

  • Zimbabwe will be depending on Sean Williams and Sikandar Raza to do the bulk of the scoring for the team.
  • Afghanistan will miss Mujeeb ur Rahman in the first match, but Rashid Khan will be the main threat for the opposition.
  • Afghanistan has dominated Zimbabwe in T20Is in recent years and will begin as favorites.

Afghanistan are favorites to win this match.

  • Tournament: Afghanistan v Zimbabwe in UAE, 2021
  • Format: T20
  • Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Toss: To Bat

afg vs zim Match Prediction & Analysis

Afghanistan finished the 2-match Test series against Zimbabwe at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi with a famous 6-wicket win that helped them level the series.  The two teams will now clash in a 3-match T20I series at the same venue. Afghanistan are at their best in the shortest format of the game and have had a very good record against Zimbabwe in recent years. Moreover, the tracks of the sub-continent will be perfectly suited for their bowlers and batsmen. Zimbabwe have a tough challenge on their hands and they would be looking at their seniors to lead the charge.

Teams Preview

Afghanistan Preview

The Afghanistan cricket board announced a 15-member squad for the T20I series earlier today. Unfortunately, due to visa issues, the decision for the inclusion of five players - Gulbadin Naib, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Hamid Hassan, Waqar Salamkheil, and Azmatullah Omarzai – is still pending. Mujeeb, who is a star spinner in this format, would be dearly missed by the team in the first game. However, Afghanistan still has some good quality in their ranks.

The onus of the batting department will be on the likes of Rahmanullah Gurbaz and skipper Ashgar Afghan primarily as the others in the top-order haven’t had much T20I experience. Mohammad Nabi will have a huge role to play and his experience will be key lower down the order. 

On the bowling front, star leg-spinner Rashid Khan will be Afghanistan’s main weapon and he is likely to be a handful on this surface. Rashid is fresh off a seven-wicket haul in the 2nd Test and will be eager to make his mark in the format he loves the most. Naveen Ul Haq is a talented young seamer who has taken 55 wickets in 50 T20s. He could be another one to watch out for.

Afghanistan Predicted Playing XI:

Usman Ghani, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Ibrahim Zadran, Ashgar Afghan (C), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Karim Jannat, Rashid Khan, Hamza Hotak, Naveen Ul Haq, Fazal Haq Farooqi

Afghanistan Key Players From Previous Game Of Afghanistan v Zimbabwe in UAE, 2021

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
H Shahidi 200 443 21 1 45.15
I Zadran 72 130 8 0 55.38
N Jamal 55 91 4 0 60.44
Bowlers O M R W Econ
R Khan 36.3 3 138 4 3.78
A Hamza 32.0 6 73 3 2.28
S Shirzad 15.0 3 48 2 3.2
Bowlers O M R W Econ
R Khan 36.3 3 138 4 3.78
A Hamza 32.0 6 73 3 2.28
S Shirzad 15.0 3 48 2 3.2

Afghanistan Actual Playing XI:

Amir Hamza, Karim Janat, Asghar Afghan, Usman Ghani, Naveen-ul-Haq, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Rashid Khan, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi

Zimbabwe Preview

Zimbabwe have plenty of talent in their squad. However, what they lack is the experience of playing the shorter formats on sub-continental tracks. That will be their biggest challenge as they face-off against Afghanistan. 

The Zimbabwe squad misses out on experienced players like Chamu Chibhabha, Peter Moor, and Tendai Chatara. The main responsibility of the batting now will have to be shared between skipper Sean Williams and Sikandar Raza – their two most experienced batsmen. Tinashe Kamunhukamwe’s role at the top will also be key and it will be interesting to see if he can give the team some solid starts. Wesley Madhevere is another batsman to watch out for.

On the bowling front, Zimbabwe will be depending on Donald Tiripano and Blessing Muzarabani to get them the wickets. Otherwise, the team does seem to lack a penetrating seam bowler right upfront. Sean Williams and Sikandar Raza are also expected to turn their arms over during the middle for some crucial overs of spin on a track that should assist them.

Zimbabwe Predicted Playing XI:

Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Sean Williams (c), Milton Shumba, Sikandar Raza, Wesley Madhevere, Richmond Mutumbami (wk), Ryan Burl, Donald Tiripano, Blessing Muzarabani, Wellington Masakadza, Faraz Akram

Zimbabwe Key Players From Previous Game Of Afghanistan v Zimbabwe in UAE, 2021

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
S Raza 85 129 7 1 65.89
P Masvaure 65 143 5 0 45.45
K Kasuza 41 90 6 0 45.56
Bowlers O M R W Econ
V Nyauchi 24.0 4 102 1 4.25
R Burl 20.0 1 69 1 3.45
B Muzarabani 26.0 5 62 0 2.38
Bowlers O M R W Econ
V Nyauchi 24.0 4 102 1 4.25
R Burl 20.0 1 69 1 3.45
B Muzarabani 26.0 5 62 0 2.38

Zimbabwe Actual Playing XI:

Richard Ngarava, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Brandon Mavuta, Wesley Madhevere, Tarisai Musakanda, Richmond Mutumbami, Sikandar Raza, Blessing Muzarabani, Ryan Burl, Donald Tiripano, Sean Williams

Pitch And Weather Conditions

Hr Temp Rain W. speed W. direction Clouds
00h 23 0 mm. 2.7 k/h From: ENE 39%
03h 23 0 mm. 1.89 k/h From: ESE 44%
06h 26 0 mm. 2.74 k/h From: SSE 36%
09h 28 0 mm. 1.6 k/h From: WNW 5%
12h 28 0 mm. 6.17 k/h From: N 2%
15h 26 0 mm. 5.78 k/h From: NNE 0%
18h 26 0 mm. 4.95 k/h From: NE 0%
21h 26 0 mm. 3.59 k/h From: E 23%

Weather Conditions

The pitch at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi is likely to be a little on the slower side. While batsmen will enjoy the hardness in the first 6-odd overs, the surface will slow down and the slower bowlers will then come into play. If dew does set in, however, then the ball might skid and make batting easier.

The weather in Abu Dhabi will be hot and clear. The night temperatures will be around 23° C.
 

Venue Details

There have been a number of T20Is played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi and it has generally been a typical sub-continental wicket. The highest total on this venue is 225-7 by Ireland against Afghanistan back in 2013. However, the track has slowed down a bit since then and the average first innings score here in the last few years has been around the 150-run mark.

Toss: To Bat

The team winning the toss is likely to bat first. Teams batting first have won about 55% of the matches on this venue and that is likely to be the case in this series too.

AFG vs ZIM Winning Prediction

Afghanistan have been dominating Zimbabwe in T20Is in recent years and have beaten them in 4 of the last 5 matches played between the two sides. They will hence begin as favorites for this clash, even though they are missing some key players. Zimbabwe’s hopes will rely mainly on their senior batsmen but even that might not be enough as the threat of Rashid Khan might nullify that. If Zimbabwe’s opening bowlers can exploit the inexperience in Afghanistan’s top-order, then we might have a close encounter.

Afghanistan are favorites to win this match.

Author: Bhavesh B.