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Toss Winner - Afghanistan won the toss and chose to bat first
United Arab Emirates beat Afghanistan by 9 wickets
UAE’s battle to level the series against confident Afghans
Afghanistan to win
Tournament: Afghanistan tour of United Arab Emirates, 2023 | Format: T20 | Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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Afghanistan has taken an early lead in the 3-match series defeating hosts United Arab Emirates by 5 wickets in the first game. It wasn’t as good a show from the Afghans as they would have liked, with their batsmen struggling in the run chase. The visitors will like to go for the kill and bag the series in two straight games.
Afghanistan has enjoyed an excellent record against the United Arab Emirates. They have lost only once against them in the past. The conditions suit their spinners, which is a big advantage for the sid. The United Arab Emirates will need to get the loss out of their minds and play positively in this game.
Chundangapoyil Rizwan’s team had its chances in the last game. They started well with the bat but failed to put a sizable total on the board. The UAE skipper will be proud of the efforts of his bowlers in the last game. With the backs against the wall, Rizwan will like his players to play aggressively and level the series.
Muhammad Waseem and Vriitya Aravind played well in the last game. The side will need a good show from them. Chundangapoyil Rizwan is an experienced player, and he must anchor the innings with Basil Hameed and Rohan Mustafa in the middle order. The side will also like a good show from Aayan Afzal Khan and Zawar Farid towards the end of the innings.
The bowlers troubled the Afghans in the last game, and the new ball pair of Sanchit Sharma and Junaid Siddique must bowl tight spells. In the middle overs, the side will depend on Zahoor Khan, Muhammad Jawadullah, and Afzan Khan to do well. Mustafa and Farid add variety to this bowling attack.
Chundangapoyil Rizwan (c), Muhammad Waseem, Vriitya Aravind (wk), Rohan Mustafa, Basil Hameed, Aayan Afzal Khan, Zawar Farid, Sanchit Sharma, Junaid Siddique, Zahoor Khan, Muhammad Jawadullah
Rohan Mustafa, Chundangapoyil Rizwan, Mohammad Waseem, Vriitya Aravind, Zahoor Khan, Akif Raja, Junaid Siddique, Basil Hameed, Alishan Sharafu, Aayan Khan, Zawar Farid
Rashid Khan will be happy with the win in the first game, but the Afghan skipper would have expected a better show from his batsmen. They struggled to rotate the strike and score runs in the last game. The bowlers did an excellent job on a spin-friendly surface, and he will look forward to bagging the series in two straight games.
Openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Hazratullah Zazai missed out in the last game and will look to score runs here. Ibrahim Zadran also struggled, and he will need to score runs in the middle order with Afsar Zazai and Karim Janat, who played well in the last game. The side bats deep, and they shall expect runs from Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, and Azmatullah Omarzai.
It was a good show with the ball from the Afghans in the last game, and the side will expect early strikes from Fazalhaq Farooqi and Azmatullah Omarzai. Rashid and Mujeeb ur Rahman will enjoy the conditions here and look to trouble the Emirati batters. Naveen-ul-Haq and Janat complete a strong attack for the team.
Rashid Khan (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Afsar Zazai (wk), Karim Janat, Azmatullah Omarzai, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Naveen ul Haq, Hazratullah Zazai, Afsar Zazai, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Karim Janat, Ibrahim Zadran, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz
There would be slight clouds on February 18 over Abu Dhabi, but it won’t impact the game. The track has been slightly slower in recent games, so the batsmen must be watchful on this surface and get used to the conditions. The side that bats first in this game shall look to get 180 runs.
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, is a large ground, but the lightning-fast outfield aids the batsmen who play their strokes. It is a tough venue for the fast bowlers, with nothing on the surface. Spinners have enjoyed success at this venue as the ball turns sharply here.
Few teams have won games at this venue defending totals. It isn’t the easiest of tracks to bat on early in the innings. Both captains would consider this at the toss, and the one winning is likely to opt for bowling first on this wicket.
The United Arab Emirates made a poor start to the series. Their batsmen failed to accelerate the score and got tied up in the last game. They must bat more freely to score runs in the game and put Afghanistan under pressure. Afghans have a good record at this venue, and they have a strong spin-bowling attack. It will put them ahead of United Arab Emirates in the game.
Afghanistan to win
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