Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe, 2nd Match Prediction2019-09-15
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Man of the Match: N Zadran
?Afghanistan is currently ranked 7th in the T-20 ranking while Zimbabwe ranked 14th.
?In the current ICC T-20 all-rounder ranking, Afghanistan’s player Mohammad Nabi is currently at 2nd place, while Sean Williams from Zimbabwe is at 5th place.
?Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan is currently the number one ICC T-20 ranked bowler.
?Zimbabwe lost the opening game of the tri-series against Bangladesh.
?Afghanistan won all their seven T-20 games played against Zimbabwe.
CRICBETTINGBUZZ PREDICTION: Afghanistan to win this match!
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The second match of the T-20 tri-series that involves Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Afghanistan will be played between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe.
Afghanistan team will be coming to this game high on confidence following their remarkable victory in the test against host nation Bangladesh. Newly-appointed skipper, Rashid Khan will be leading the Afghanistan side in this tri-series. He is also currently the ICC top-ranked T-20 bowler. It would be a tough challenge for the opponent to go through his spell of four hours. Afghan side also got quality all-rounder, Mohammed Nabi. He possesses great all-round skills. In fact, he is currently the second-best all-rounder in the T-20. Overall, Afghanistan team looks very strong and balanced, and they would be eying to start the tri-series on winning note.
On the other hand, Zimbabwe lost the opening game of the tri-series against the host nation Bangladesh. In the close game, Bangladesh chased the target of 145 with 3 wickets in hand. Earlier, in batting top-order batsmen failed very quickly. However, the middle Ryan Burl’s played impressive knock to take Zimbabwe first innings score to a decent one. He scored 57 runs just from 32 balls. Bowling duo, Tendai Chatara and Kyle Jarvis bowled remarkably well to get Bangladeshi top-order batsmen. However, some brilliant top-order batting from Bangladesh lower-order batsmen took the game away in the end. Zimbabwe side got many positive from the first game and they would be eying for the clinical performance to get their win of the Tri-series.
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Rashid khan lead Afganistan side have played some very quality cricket in recent times and also beat the strong opponent on a few occasions. Top-order batsman Hazratullah Zazai and Asghar Afghan were amongst the leading scorer for the side of late. Hazratullah Zazai scored 204 runs from last three T-20 games at an average of 102.00. A lot would depend on this batting duo to provide a solid start in the powerplay.
Mohammad Nabi is undoubtedly one of the best all-rounder’s in the world at the moment. With 1161 runs and 69 wickets to his name in 68 T-20 matches. He can score quick runs and on top got the ability to deceive some best batsman in the world.
Pace bowling unit will be lead by Gulbadin Naib and Dawlat Zadran. The strength of Afghanistan bowling is their quality spinners- Rashid Khan, Mohammed Naib and Mujjeb Ur Rahman. The trio got massive experience of playing T-20 in all the major leagues around the world. Also, Rashid khan is currently the best ICC T-20 ranked bowler. He picked 11 wickets in his last 3 games. It will be the toughest task for Zimbabwe batsmen to go through Rashid khan’s spell
Farid Malik, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Karim Janat, Asghar Afghan, Gulbadin Naib, N Tarakai, Hazratullah Zazai, N Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan (c), Asghar Afghan , Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Dawlat Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Fareed Ahmad, Sharafuddin Ashraf
Zimbabwe teams have struggled in recent times in international cricket as they managed only one win out of their last 11 matches played this year. Skipper Masakadza need to motivate his side to come up with a clinical performance in all aspects of the game.
In batting a lot would depend on veteran Craig Ervine and Brendon Tayor. Craig Ervine has been the standout player for Zimbabwe in the recent times, he scored 211 runs from last 4 games at an average of 70.33. While Brendon Tayor scored 154 runs from last 6 games. However, the batting duo failed quickly in last game and they would be looking to contribute with the bat and score most of the runs.
Sean Williams, who is currently fifth-ranked all-rounder in T-20 ranking has been in great form in recent times. However, he failed to contribute with bat or ball. He is a pivotal player in Zimbabwe side and his good Newly-appointed is very imperative for the team's success. On the bowling front, Tendai Chatara and Kyle Jarvis bowled brilliant spell in the previous game, both picked two wickets. Neville Madziva and Ryan Burl picked two and one wickets respectively.
Ryan Burl, Neville Madziva, Hamilton Masakadza, Ainsley Ndlovu, Regis Chakabva, Tendai Chatara, Craig Ervine, Kyle Jarvis, BRM Taylor, CT Mutombodzi, Sean Williams
Brendan Taylor (wk), Hamilton Masakadza (c), Ryan Burl, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Timycen Maruma, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Tony Munyonga, Neville Madziva, Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara
The weather forecast at Dhaka on Saturday looks cloudy and there is also a forecast of the rain in the evening hours. Average first inning score at this venue is 150 while batting second is 129.
The first match of the series played at the same venue was won by the team batting second. Also, taking into consideration the rain forecast it would be wise to bowl first after winning the toss. We expect the team winning toss will definitely wish to bowl first at this venue.
Afghanistan team got quality spinners and the all-rounder in the unit. Besides skipper Rashid khan, the number one T-20 ranked bowler would be the biggest barrier for the opponent. On the other hand, Zimbabwe side relying very heavily on their top-order batsmen to score the most of the runs and put a winning total on board.
Furthermore, Statistically, Afghanistan has never lost the T-20 against Zimbabwe. Hence the Afghanistan team is the favourites to win this game. We predict Afghanistan will win this match.
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