Zimbabwe vs Afghanistan 20 Sep 2019 5th t20 Match Prediction2019-09-21
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram, Bangladesh
Can Zimbabwe record the maiden T-20 win against the Afghanistan team?
We predict Afghanistan will win this match.
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The fifth match of the T-20 tri-series that involves Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Afghanistan will be played between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe. Afghanistan side has already secured the placed in finals following their remarkable victory in the last game against Bangladesh. The Afghan side is undefeated in the Tri-series as they won their earlier two games. In the previous game, batting first, they were in a spot of bother but after that formidable knock of Nabi, they never give the opportunity to Bangladesh to come back in the game. Nabi smashed 84 runs in just 54 balls. Overall, Afghanistan team looks very strong and balanced as they got depth in batting and also quality spinners in the unit. Though Afghanistan already qualified for the finals and results of this match won't matter much, they would be looking to win and keep the momentum with them for the finals.
On the contrary, Zimbabwe team have lost their first three matches and have already crashed out of the tri-nation series. They would be very disappointed with their performance so far in the tri-series. In the previous game, they lost to the host nation by 39 runs. While chasing the target of 176, Zimbabwe team were 8/3 in no time, which later went on to become 66/7 and it became impossible from there for the visitors. Skipper Hamilton Masakadza’s will be playing his last international game and the teammates would be hoping to give the veteran a fitting farewell. Zimbabwe’s batting has been a bit of a concern, especially at the top. Skipper Masakadza got a good start in earlier games but failed to convert it to the big one. He would want to sign it off in grand note. Their pivotal player Sean Williams has been very awful with the bat, scored just four runs from three games. This is Zimbabwe’s final game in the tri-series and will hope to sign off on a high.
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Zimbabwe teams have struggled in recent times in international cricket as they managed only one win out of their last 13 matches played this year. Skipper Masakadza who is playing in his last international game will be hoping for a win.
Zimbabwe’s top-order batsmen look very ordinary and their poor form has been the major reason for their failure in the ongoing series. In batting, the side is depending on their top-order batsmen, Craig Ervine and Brendon Tayor. The batting duo failed quickly in the earlier games and they would be looking to contribute with the bat and score most of the runs in last game of the series. RP Burl has been the leading scorer for the side, scored 83 runs from last three games that also includes one impressive fifty-plus score.
Sean Williams, who is currently fifth-ranked all-rounder in T-20 ranking has been in awful form in the series. He scored only four runs from three games. He is a vital cog in Zimbabwe batting line-up and his contribution will be very vital in the last game.
On the bowling front, Kyle Jarvis has been the standout bowler for the visitor. He picked 5 wickets from three games. Tendai Chatara with 4 wickets has been the second-best bowler for Zimbabwe in the tri-series.
Key Players: Sean Williams, Craig Ervine, Kyle Jarvis
Ryan Burl, Neville Madziva, Hamilton Masakadza, Richmond Mutumbami, Ainsley Ndlovu, Regis Chakabva, Chris Mpofu, Kyle Jarvis, BRM Taylor, CT Mutombodzi, Sean Williams
Rashid khan lead Afganistan side have played some very excellent cricket in recent times and also beat the strong opponent on a few occasions. They won the first game versus Zimbabwe by 28 runs and in the second game against Bangladesh by 25 runs. Their bowling unit did outstanding work to defend the score on both occasions. In batting, Hazratullah has underperformed a wee bit and he’ll be keen to get his rhythm back. Rashid has been spot-on, both in bowling and captaincy. Asghar and Najibullah have also played their role well thus far.
All-rounder Mohammad Nabi has been in stupendous form in the ongoing series. He scored 122 runs from just 2 games. He is currently the second-best ICC T-20 ranked all-rounders. He is the biggest threat for any opponent team as he can score quick runs and also got the ability to deceive some best batsman in the world.
Bowling unit collectively did well in earlier games. All the bowlers got wickets under their belt. Skipper Rashid khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman both got four wickets from last two games. Rashid khan is currently the best ICC T-20 ranked bowler. He picked 15 wickets in his last 5 games. It will be the toughest task for Zimbabwe batsmen to go through Rashid khan’s spell.
Key Players: Rashid Khan, Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammed Nabi
Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Asghar Afghan, Gulbadin Naib, Hazratullah Zazai, Shafiqullah, F Niazai, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran, N Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan
The weather forecast at Chattogram on Friday looks cloudy. There is no forecast of the rain and hence the full game is expected to play. Average first inning batting score is 145 while batting second is 126. In the last game of the ongoing tri-series played at the same venue, the team batting first won it very comprehensively.
Overall, out of the last 18 T-20 games played at this venue, 10 matches were won by the team batting first and 8 games while batting second. The records are in favor of team batting first.
Hence, we anticipate the team winning toss will definitely wish to bat first at this venue.
Afghanistan team got a great bunch of young and experienced player in the side. Besides, they also possess top T-20 ranked bowler and second-ranked all-rounder in the side. This duo is the biggest barrier for any opponent. On the other hand, Zimbabwe side relying very heavily on their top-order batsmen who have failed to perform in the series. Furthermore, Statistically, Zimbabwe never won the T-20 games versus Afghanistan. Hence the Afghanistan team is the favourites to win this game.
We predict Afghanistan will win this match.
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