AFG vs PAK Dream11: We are set for another cracker of a game in the ICC Men’s T20 Worl Cup as Afghanistan takes on Pakistan at the Dubai International Stadium. Talking about Afghanistan first, it has been a dominant start to the campaign for them as they comprehensively beat Scotland by 130 runs. As a result of that emphatic win, the Afghans are second in Pool B with two points but with a staggering NRR of +6.50.
Meanwhile, Pakistan is right at the top of the group after securing back-to-back wins over India and New Zealand. At this stage, it seems that Pakistan should ease its way through to the semi-finals. Nevertheless, we can expect Afghanistan to throw in a major challenge later tonight.
Fixture Name: ICC T20 World Cup, Afghanistan vs Pakistan
Competition: ICC T20 World Cup
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Team Form Guide:
Ground Details: Dubai International Stadium
Pitch Report: The wicket at Dubai should be adequate for batting. Spin can come into action in the latter stages of the game, but first-innings score of 170 can be considered ideal.
Toss Update: Afghanistan won the toss and opted to bat first.
WK: R Gurbaz, M Rizwan
BAT: Najibullah Zadran, B Azam, H Zazai
AR: M Hafeez, I Wasim
BOW: Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, S Afridi, H Rauf
Although Pakistan might be on the back of consecutive wins, the flair that Afghanistan have in the respective squad can cause some problems for the opposition. A few big hitters with the bat, comprised with a reliable spin trio can have a lot to offer. However, with the game being hosted in Dubai, and not Sharjah, it is Pakistan that seems to be the more balanced unit heading in.
Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan will be the usual candidates who will be expected to be among the runs for their side. Fakhar Zaman can also play a pivotal role with his ability to accelerate with the bat. Meanwhile, Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf have led the pace attack with utmost intent in the tournament so far and should be starting.
Babar Azam has been Pakistan’s most consistent batsman in recent times. The Pakistani captain scored 2281 runs from 63 T20Is, while, averaging 47.5. He struck a fifty in the first game against India and has a total of 21 fifties, as well as a hundred to his name.
Haris Rauf has looked terrific with his quick pace, and clever variations in the ongoing campaign. The fast bowler has five wickets from two games, which includes a four-wicket haul against the Kiwis in the most recent fixture. Rauf has 33 wickets from 25 T20Is for Pakistan as of now.
PAK Playing 11 (Confirmed)
The likes of Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Shahzad, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, and Najibullah Zadran can contribute with quick-fire runs. The spin trio of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi have proven to be lethal when bowling in tandem.
The mystery spinner from Afghanistan picked up a fifer and gave away 20 runs versus Scotland, which in turn became his best ever bowling figures in T20Is. All in all, the 20-year-old has scalped 30 wickets from 20 appearances for his country in T20 cricket.
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Rashid Khan has been the poster boy for Afghanistan cricket and rightfully so. The wrist-spinner bagged four wickets in the last game, which now takes his tally to 99 wickets from 52 T20Is. Rashid Khan has also picked up four-wicket hauls, and two fifers in the process.
AFG Playing 11 (Confirmed)
Mujeeb Ur Rahman
The upcoming encounter between Afghanistan and Pakistan will be covered on Star Sports Network and Hotstar.
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