The Afghanistan team have been quite impressive with their performances in the limited overs format. In their last series, they won the T20I series 3-0 against Zimbabwe, and would look to start off with their positive mindset. The team will be led by all rounder Mohammad Nabi.
The South Africa team will look to count on their experienced players to do well in the T20 World Cup. They won their last T20I series against Sri Lanka 3-0, and all their top players featured in the series.
They played last T20I series against Zimbabwe and won 3-0.
They also secured victory by 3-0 against Sri Lanka, and here are their player’s stats.
The Afghanistan team has a terrific combination of the players who have been impressive in the T20 format. Although they have not played enough cricket, but the experience of Shpaageeza T20 league will be useful for them to adapt to pressure situations. But they have a fine quality of seam attack against them, and it may not be easy to score runs easily.
The South Africa team is predicted to win this match due to the fine balance of the team, having quality track record in international cricket. The players like Rabada, Nortje are in terrific form, while Markram and Quinto De Kock have been consistent run scorers.
The betting odds on Betway predict the South Africa team are likely to win this match easily and the equation is pegged at 1.40: 2.87. This is because of the experienced South Africa side, who played well in the T20I series against Sri Lanka, while half of their players are coming into this game after playing in the IPL 2021. But, the Afghanistan team can not be taken lightly, and they will be looking to play fearless cricket to start off their tournament in a fine way. In this purpose, their batters will be critical as they will face the top bowlers from South Africa.
The openers for Afghanistan team will be Mohammad Shahzad and Rahmanullah Gurbaz. The players to follow them will be Zazai and Ghani, who are also the top order batters. While Shahidi can stabilize the team well, and then duo of Nabi and Naib would look to finish the innings well. The bowlers will be Rashid, Mujeeb, Naveen.
The South Africa team will look to find contributions from their openers Quinton De Kock and Aiden Markram, who have a fine experience and form in the T20 format. While, Bavuma and Dussen will have to stitch crucial partnerships, with Klaassen and Pretorius being pinch hitters. The bowlers will be Rabada, Nortje, Shamsi, and Maharaj.
1. Mohammad Shahzad
2. Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk)
3. Hazratullah Zazai
4. Usman Ghani
5. Hashmatullah Shahidi
6. Mohammad Nabi (c)
7. Asghar Afghan/ Najibullah Zadran
8. Gulbadin Naib
9. Mujeeb Ur Rehman
10. Naveen Ul Haq
11. Rashid Khan
The opener has been impressive to give a good start to the team with his ball striking capability. He would be confident after being the leading run scorer for the team in the last T20I series against Zimbabwe. In 13 T20Is, he scored 446 runs.
The spinner has been a stalwart of the Afghanistan cricket and would be looking to scalp key wickets and contain runs. In 51 T20I matches, he has picked up 95 wickets.
The top order batsman has been consistent with his scores in the white ball cricket. He can stabilize well in crucial situations, and can play aggressive innings, when the team requires.
The fast bowler has fired all cylinders in this year in the series against Sri Lanka, and helped the Delhi Capitals to qualify for the playoffs. He has been accurate with his line lengths and has express pace. In 60 T20 matches, he has 74 wickets.
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