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Zimbabwe vs Afghanistan, ZIM vs AFG, Today Match Prediction

Harare Sports Club, Harare, Zimbabwe

159/8 in 20.0

7.95

160/4 in 19.2

8.28 Star
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Toss Winner - Zimbabwe won the toss and chose to bat first

Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe by 6 wickets

Afghanistan eye yet another whitewash as they take on hosts Zimbabwe in the shorter format in Harare.

  • Afghanistan is walking into this series after having whitewashed Zimbabwe at their home turf in the One Day Internationals.
  • Walking into this series, Zimbabwe bowlers lack confidence as they just managed to pick 14 wickets overall while Afghanistan bowled out the hosts in all three matches and scored runs convincingly with the bat.
  • Recently, Zimbabwe's African counterpart, Namibia, has defeated the hosts in the five-match T20I series adding nothing but ample pressure on the players to come through for their team.

We predict Afghanistan will defeat Zimbabwe.

Tournament: Zimbabwe vs Afghanistan 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare, Zimbabwe | Toss: To Bat

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Zimbabwe are up against Afghanistan for the first T20I at Harare on 11th June 2022. Recently, Afghanistan kicked off the 3-match ODI series against Zimbabwe at Harare with a staggering 8 wicket win in the first ODI. They were 2-0 into the series as they walked out on the field at Harare Sports Club, eyeing a clean sheet. Winning the toss and choosing to bowl turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

Bowling first, Hashmatullah Shahidi used 6 bowlers and not a single bowler who bowled a delivery went empty-handed. They all bagged a wicket including Rashid Khan who was the pick of the bowlers with his 3/31, which rightfully got him the player of the match later. Nonetheless, their magnificent bowling performance cleaned up the hosts for a mere 135. However, Zimbabwe didn't give up without a tough fight as they made it seem like a task. Afghanistan was struggling at 60/4 by the end of the 21st over courtesy of Blessing Muzarabani's two quick wickets. Regardless, it turned out to be momentary happiness for the hosts as Mohammad Nabi ( 34* off 47) & skipper Shahidi ( 38 off 70) set the tone of the chase and helped complete the unforgettable whitewash.

Zimbabwe Preview

Zimbabwe have a lot to learn from the whitewash against their opponents as they get ready for their upcoming challenge in the shorter format of the game. As compared to the batting department, bowling was a huge letdown for the hosts. They gave away runs without any hesitation and found it too difficult to pick up wickets. Blessing Muzarabani was the only one to stand out of the lot with 5 wickets @ 18.80. The rest just couldn't get it right. A big reason to worry when they take on the next challenge.

What worries next for the side is the batting lineup. They managed to get bowled out on all three occasions. Zimbabwe chased once and batted first, twice. On those occasions, they barely took advantage and gave away wickets cheaply. They found it too difficult to even play out the overs. Sikandar Raza, Innocent Kaia and Ryan Burl seemed to be in good touch throughout the series.

Key Players: Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Blessing Muzarabani, Craig Ervine

Zimbabwe Predicted Playing XI:

Innocent Kaia, Regis Chakabva (wk), Craig Ervine (c), Wesley Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Milton Shumba, Ryan Burl, Donald Tiripano, Tendai Chatara, Tanaka Chivanga, Blessing Muzarabani

Zimbabwe Key Players From Previous Game Of Zimbabwe vs Afghanistan 2022

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
S Raza
38
77
2
0
49.35
R Burl
21
37
2
0
56.76
I Kaia
16
40
2
0
40
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
B Muzarabani
10.0
3
18
2
1.8
T Chatara
10.0
3
32
2
3.2
D Myers
2.0
0
13
1
6.5

Zimbabwe Actual Playing XI:

Ainsley Ndlovu, Craig Ervine, Milton Shumba, Regis Chakabva, Ryan Burl, Innocent Kaia, Wesley Madhevere, Tendai Chatara, Blessing Muzarabani, Sikandar Raza, Luke Jongwe

Afghanistan Preview

Afghanistan have done everything right as far as the performance is concerned. They have been magnificent with the ball, especially with Mohammad Nabi grabbing 6 wickets in 3 matches at @10.83. With that whitewash, they move to the second spot of the ICC World Super League, taking over England and trailing right behind table toppers, Bangladesh. It has been an iconic moment for the Afghans. Rashid Khan has been on song with the bowl this T20 season, especially coming from Ipl with 18+ wickets. He bagged the player of the match in the final game of the series for his 3/31.

The stars with the bat have been Rahmat Shah with 182 runs in 2 games and Ibrahim Zadran with 125 runs in 2 games. Ibrahim Zadran played a magnificent knock of 120* off 141 balls in the second ODI. He not only claimed his maiden ODI ton but also got his team over the line with the help of a 195-run gigantic partnership with Rahmat Shah. All-in-all, they've got themselves covered for starters but need to stick to their strengths which will help them have the upper hand in the series opener.

Key players: Ibrahim Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman
 

Afghanistan Predicted Playing XI:

Rahmatullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Fareed Ahmad Malik

Afghanistan Key Players From Previous Game Of Zimbabwe vs Afghanistan 2022

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
H Shahidi
38
70
5
0
54.29
M Nabi
34
47
2
1
72.34
R Shah
17
32
2
0
53.12
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
R Khan
7.5
0
31
3
3.96
F Farooqi
8.0
0
25
2
3.12
M Nabi
8.0
3
21
2
2.62

Afghanistan Actual Playing XI:

Karim Janat, Usman Ghani, Hazratullah Zazai, Najibullah Zadran, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Darwish Rasooli, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Azmatullah Omarzai, Nijat Masood, Rahmanullah Gurbaz

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
8
0 mm.
3.37 k/h
From: SE
3%
03h
8
0 mm.
2.78 k/h
From: SE
0%
06h
9
0 mm.
5.01 k/h
From: ESE
0%
09h
15
0 mm.
4.6 k/h
From: ESE
0%
12h
21
0 mm.
3.77 k/h
From: ESE
0%
15h
18
0 mm.
3.98 k/h
From: ESE
12%
18h
11
0 mm.
3.64 k/h
From: ESE
34%
21h
10
0 mm.
2.65 k/h
From: ESE
1%

Weather Conditions

The temperature is expected to drop from 20 degrees to around 14 degrees as the game progresses. There are zero to no chances of precipitation with fans expecting an excellent game of cricket.

Venue Details

The match will happen at the Harare sports club. The pitch has a lot to offer for both batsmen and bowlers. Spinners were the pick of the bowlers in the series during the middle half and played a crucial role. Pacers might get some help from the surface as the game progresses. Anything near 165/170 is a defending total.

Toss: To Bat

It's a good wicket to bat on and batters need to work hard for their runs. Thus, the team winning the toss should opt to Bat first and use the scoreboard pressure to force errors from the opposition batting lineup.

Afghanistan have an advantage over Zimbabwe in every aspect. They are coming off of an ODI series whitewash against the hosts. Keeping in mind the recent performances when the two teams met and the weather conditions to be put in perspective, Afghanistan has a solid opportunity to beat Zimbabwe on their home turf in the 1st T20I.

 

 

We predict Afghanistan will defeat Zimbabwe.

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