AFG vs SCO Dream11 Prediction: In the 17th match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, Afghanistan will be crossing swords with Scotland on 25 October (Monday) at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah. This will be the opening match for both these teams in this Super 12 stage of the mega event and they will be aiming to start their campaign on a wonderful note.
Both these sides are coming into this tournament after having delivered impressive performances in the shortest format. Afghanistan registered an amazing victory against defending champions West Indies in their second warm-up match and that has given them great bit of confidence. On the other hand, Scotland were the best team in the Qualifiers having defeated Bangladesh, PNG and Oman.
Scotland are placed at the 14th position in the ICC T20I Rankings with 182 rating and 2553 points. On the other hand, Afghanistan occupies the 8th spot with a total of 2826 rating. Afghanistan got the better of Scotland in their last meeting during the T20 World Cup 2016 by a margin of 14 runs. Both these teams are part of the Group B that also includes India, New Zealand, Pakistan and Namibia.
Fixture Name: Match 17, Afghanistan vs Scotland
Competition: ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021
Date: 24 October
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Ground: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Pitch Report: As seen in the first two games on this venue, there was some swing on offer in the early part of the game but the conditions were perfect for the batting. Even though this will be a day-night fixture, the conditions are expected to be same but the spinners could get some purchase. The par score will remain around 160-170 with dew playing an important role. Therefore, it will be a good choice of decision to win the toss and opt to bowl first.
It will be a great move to pick a mixed combination of Afghanistan and Scotland players in your respective dream fantasy cricket teams. Since it is the opening stage of the tournament, it will be a good decision to include more of batters and all-rounders to increase the chances of winning big contests. The likes of Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Chris Greaves, George Munsey and Kyle Coetzer remain the must pick players for this exciting contest.
WICKET-KEEPERS: Matthew Cross
BATTERS: George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer, Hazratullah Zazai
ALL-ROUNDERS: Richie Berrington, Chris Greaves, Mohammad Nabi
BOWLERS: Josh Davey, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rashid Khan
Afghanistan will start as the favourites to win this match but they have to contribute well in the batting department. The Afghanistan side also defeated Scotland in the last match between these two teams in the T20I format. On the other hand, Scotland are very much high on confidence after their stunning performance in the Round 1 having won all of their three matches.
The Afghanistan side will be eyeing to play well both in the batting as well as bowling departments. The likes of Mohammad Shahzad, Hazratullah Zazai, Najibullah Zadran and Mohammad Nabi will be their mainstays in the batting department. On the other hand, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Karim Janat will have to play an important role in the bowling department.
Afghanistan’s star player Rashid Khan will have to play a significant role in this T20 World Cup in the UAE conditions for his side. He has a lot of experience playing T20 leagues all around the globe. Rashid has a phenomenal record in T20I cricket having picked up a total of 95 wickets from 51 matches. The right-arm leggie has a fabulous economy rate of 6.22 and an average of 12.63.
For Afghanistan, experienced all-rounder and captain Mohammad Nabi has been immensely effective both with the bat and ball in T20 cricket. He has notched up more than 1300 runs while playing in a total of 80 T20I matches. Nabi has the ability to strike the ball long in the middle-overs having an excellent strike-rate of more than 146. He can also deliver well with the ball as he has taken 72 wickets at an economy of less than 8.
AFG Playing 11 (likely)
For Scotland, it will be really important to continue the winning momentum from the previous performance against Bangladesh. The trio of George Munsey, Calum MacLeod and Kyle Coetzer will once again have to take the responsibility in the batting department. On the other hand, Chris Greaves, Bradley Wheal and Safyaan Sharif will form part of the bowling attack and they will be looking to pick wickets on regular basis.
Scotland all-rounder Chris Greaves delivered an excellent match-winning performance in the last victory against Bangladesh contributing well both with the bat and ball. After his team lost early wickets, Greaves first played a fine innings of 45 runs off just 28 balls that included 4 fours and 2 sixes and then also picked up the crucial wickets of Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim. He hasn’t played a lot of T20 cricket but will be looking to continue his brilliant form.
For Scotland, George Munsey has performed impressively well in the Twenty20 format. He has a fine record with the bat in the shortest format of the game having smashed more than 1400 runs at an incredible strike-rate of 153.66. George Munsey has a wonderful career best score of 127 not out in T20 cricket that includes 8 fifties and 1 century. He scored a crucial 29 runs off 23 balls in the previous game of the ongoing tournament.
SCO Playing 11 (likely)
Watch the Afghanistan vs Scotland ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 match Live score and streaming on the Star Sports Network and HotStar app. All the players stats and match scores along with exciting live ball-to-ball commentary will be available on the Hotstar app. While taking care of the Covid-19 rules and regulations, the crowd will be allowed at the Sharjah Cricket Ground in Sharjah and thus, the fans of both the teams could enjoy the exciting contest.
India & rest of the Indian sub-continent (including Sri Lanka): Star Sports
Australia: Fox Sports, Channel 9
United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland: Sky Sports
South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa: SuperSport
United Arab Emirates: Etisalat Criclife
USA & Canada: Willow TV
New Zealand: SKY Sport
Pakistan: Ten Sports, PTV Sports
Bangladesh: Gazi TV
Afghanistan: Radio Television Afghanistan
South East Asia: Fox Networks Group
Pacific Islands: Digicel
MENA, Continental Europe and Central Asia: Yupp TV
Singapore, Malaysia & Hong Kong: Star Cricket
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