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Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe, Afghanistan v Zimbabwe in UAE, 2021, Today Match Prediction

Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE

198/5 in 20.0

9.90 Star

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7.50
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Afghanistan

vs

Zimbabwe odds

AFG- 1.22
ZIM- 3.85

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

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

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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.

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
SRs
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

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
SRs
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

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

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.

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.

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