ICC T20 World Cup 2021: Afghanistan vs. Pakistan Match 24: Expected playing XI & Pitch Report

Despite a minor hiccup in their participation in this World Cup, the ICC eventually awarded Afghanistan permission to compete. However, that isn’t to say that the Afghanistan national squad didn’t have a difficult journey to the UAE.

Afghanistan’s cricket has developed to the point where they were placed in the second round after finishing in the top eight of the T20I rankings at the tournament’s cutoff date. One edge they possess is that they are no longer required to compete in the first round. It’s a sign that they’ve progressed from Associate prey to Full Member predators.

On the other side, the Pakistan national cricket squad is typically linked with unpredictability. They can embarrass any team on their day. The Falcons, sometimes known as the Shaheens, are infamous for putting up awful displays. And now they’re back, bringing a quality group to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

Report on the Pitch and the Stadium

The Dubai International Cricket Stadium’s surface has been ideal for batting, but it has also assisted bowlers so far in the second phase of the IPL. While the pacers had some assistance, we expect the spinners to take advantage of the slow conditions that will benefit them in the game’s middle stages. At this location, the average first-innings score is roughly 155-160 runs. Aside from the pitch condition, the ambient temperature and the stadium’s capacity will play a significant role at this site.

Keep a watch on the Pakistani players listed below

  • Babar Azam: At the top of the order, Pakistan captain Babar Azam will be a significant player. Azam has 2204 runs at an average of 46.89 and has a strike rate of 130.64 in 61 T20I matches.
  • Mohammad Rizwan: Rizwan scored 1065 runs in 32 innings, averaging 48.4 and striking out at a rate of 129. The 29-year-old has the most runs in T20Is this year, with 752 runs at an average of 94 and a strike rate of 140 in 17 matches.
  • Shaheen Afridi: In the T20 World Cup, Pakistan’s bowling attack will be led by Shaheen Shah Afridi. If Pakistan wants to go all the way and win the tournament, the 21-year-old would be the key.

Keep a watch on the Afghan players listed below

  • Rashid Khan: Khan, who is ranked fifth on the T20 Player Index, is the superstar of Afghanistan cricket and the T20 game in general. He was the first pick in The Hundred and is frequently named MVP in T20 leagues worldwide. He bowls leg-spin with greater pace and control than anyone on the white-ball circuit; his googly is well-hidden and spins sharply between bat and pad; he’s a nifty finisher with the bat, and he’s also a fantastic fielder.
  • Mujeeb Ur Rahman: At the age of 20, he has dominated franchise competitions worldwide, having played 150 T20 matches and taken 165 wickets.
  • Hashmatullah Shahidi: A mainstay on the ODI circuit, Shahidi had a fantastic 2019 Cricket World Cup, amassing 198 runs before becoming the first and only Afghan cricketer to score a double-hundred in a Test match.

Predicted XI for Pakistan

Pakistan squad: Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Babar Azam (captain), Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper), Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Shoaib Malik.

Reserves: Khushdil Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani and Usman Qadir.

Predicted XI for Afghanistan

Squad: , Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk),Mohammad Nabi (capt), Gulbadin Naib,Hazratullah Zazai, Usman Ghani, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Hamid Hassan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Karim Janat, Rashid Khan, Fareed Ahmad, Naveen Ul Haq, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

Reserve players: Sharafuddin Ashraf, Samiullah Shinwari, Dawlat Zadran, and Fazalhaq Farooqi.

Final Thoughts

Pakistan has defeated the Afghanistan team in the warm-up game, but it will be interesting to see if the Afghan team bounces back and manages to upset this Pakistan side.

Reference Link:

  1. http://sportsf1.com/cricket-pitch-report/dubai-international-cricket-stadium
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