Afghanistan looks to end their tour with a win!
Afghanistan will win the match!
Zimbabwe team have bowed out of the Tri-series after failing to win in their first three matches. Zimbabwe will look to win this match and take some confidence going into the ICC T20 qualifiers to be played later this year. Afghanistan has been a force to reckon with in the T20I format. They have piled up 14 consecutive T20I wins so far and will look to extend it to build momentum into the ICC T20s to be played next year. They will also look to test their bench strength in this match and look for their best squad for the big tournament. A win against even a second-string Afghan side will do a world of good for the distraught Zimbabwe team.
Zimbabwe team`s form and confidence are going deep down the spiral with every loss and they need to secure a win to raise their spirits going forward. Ryan Burl and Richmond Mutumboni have scored fighting 50+ scores but ended up on losing side in both the matches. Regis Chakabva and Skipper Hamilton Masakadza have played some good cameos but were not able to convert them into a big score. Pacers Chris Mpofu and Kyle Jarvis shared 5 wickets between them in the last match but failed to control the run rate. Spinners Sean Williams and R Mutumbodzi gave runs at just 6 RPO and tried to pressurize the batsmen in the middle. Their bowling unit needs to perform as a team to control the opposition to a low total.
Richmond Mutumbani – Mutumbani came into the team in the last match and scored a valiant 54 runs off 32 balls with 4 boundaries and 3 sixes. He will look to bat a bit higher and score runs in this match too.
Sean Williams – Williams will look to trouble the Afghani right hander’s in the middle order with his left-arm angle and he had match figures of 2/16 last time they met. He was below par in the two matches against Bangladesh.
Brendan Taylor (wk), Hamilton Masakadza (c), Richmond Mutumbami, Sean Williams, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Ryan Burl, Regis Chakabva, Neville Madziva, Kyle Jarvis, Ainsley Ndlovu, Chris Mpofu
Ryan Burl, Neville Madziva, Hamilton Masakadza, Richmond Mutumbami, Ainsley Ndlovu, Regis Chakabva, Chris Mpofu, Kyle Jarvis, BRM Taylor, CT Mutombodzi, Sean Williams
Afghanistan has won their two matches comfortably in this series. Mohammed Nabi has been their batting stalwart scoring 84* & 38* in the two matches. Najibullah Zadran played a blinder scoring 69 runs off 30 balls with 6 maximums. He shared a 107-run partnership with Mohammed Nabi to take the team to a total of 197 runs. Rahmanullah Gurbaz played to good cameo at the top to start off the match on a high. The afghani spin trio of Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rashid Khan, and Mohammed Nabi have made life difficult for the opposition batsmen and have an economy rate below 6 RPO taking 8 wickets between them in the two matches combined. Gulbadin Naib, Fareem Malik, and Karim Janat have come up good performances with the ball and combine together to form an excellent bowling attack.
Mohammed Nabi – Mohammed Nabi has scored 122 runs at a strike rate of 170 and has sent the ball over the fence 12 times in two matches. He is all a handy bowler who can give you a few quiet overs in the middle.
Fareed Malik – Left-arm pacer Malik has taken 4 wickets this series with 2 wickets in each match. He must try to control the run flow as he is leaking runs at 9 RPO this series.
Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Najibullah Zadran, Fareed Malik, Najeeb Tarakai, Rashid Khan (c), Karim Janat, Hazratullah Zazai, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk)
Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Asghar Afghan, Gulbadin Naib, Hazratullah Zazai, Shafiqullah, F Niazai, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran, N Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan
The weather looks sunny and clear and we expect no rain interruptions in this match.
Chattogram pitch is expected to have a good balance between the bat and ball. The average first innings score at this pitch is 155 runs
Chasing is the best option in T20Is as no score is safe nowadays. Chattogram has a 50-50 winning record for chasing team in the matches played here
Afghanistan team is on good form and momentum winning a lot of matches on a trot. Zimbabwe is having a bad phase on and off the field facing a lot of issues. We expect Afghanistan to extend their winning streak in this match too.
Afghanistan will win the match!