AFGH vs ZIM Dream11 : Zimbabwe handed another stern test as the side take on Afghanistan in their second encounter within the space of a day
The one side which needed a proper gap in between encounters, time enough o stabilise and work on its errors has been handed over a tricky opening schedule. Playing against Bangladesh in the series opener, Zimbabwe become the first side in the T20 Tri-Series to play two straight matches, a hectic and testing schedule which is bound to make things tedious for them.
After losing to Bangladesh yesterday, the side welcome Afghanistan today as they look to snap out of Friday’s defeat, a match which saw them punch above their weight but eventually fall short. Batting first, in the end it was a lack of meaningful partnerships which lead to the side unravelling and waning in the clash despite the best efforts of their bowlers.
Putting on just 144 on the scoreboard, Zimbabwe’s determined and gutsy bowling performance was not enough a Bangladesh defeated them by 3 wickets with two balls to spare in a match which was shortened to 18 overs. It’s a match which brought forward both good and bad news for the side ahead of their impending clash against Afghanistan today, one of the firm favourites for the glistening trophy.
After defeating Bangladesh in the bygone test match between the two sides, although Afghanistan are transitioning to white ball cricket today, the momentum imbued in the side is going to play a decisive factor in their showing. This is an outfit which looks to have shrugged off the horrid displays it doled out at the World Cup with the team management massively overhauling things in a bid to help the side unlock its true potential.
Pitch Conditions And Toss
With rain wrecking havoc on yesterday’s encounter on this surface, seeing play being delayed and the wetness seeped into the surface eventually played a massive help to the pacers in the first part of the match. With similar conditions in sight for today’s clash as well, we should be in for a relatively low scoring encounter with the pitch offering bowling conducive conditions, leading the side winning the toss to field first.
Probable Playing 11
Hazratullah Zazai, Najeeb Tarakai, Asghar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran, Shafiqullah Shafiq (WK), Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan (C), Gulbadin Naib, Karim Janat, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq
Brendan Taylor (WK), Hamilton Masakadza (C), Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Ryan Burl, Timycen Maruma, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Tony Munyonga, Neville Madziva, Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara
AFGH vs ZIM Match Prediction
Although Zimbabwe put on an extremely resolute and resilient display yesterday, making the most of the bowling friendly conditions to give Bangladesh a real scare, in Afghanistan they are facing a staunch opponent. They are up against a side who play fearlessly in the T20 format, a unit laden with players who love to express themselves freely and are given a free hand to ply their skill set.
In the end, what swings this clash in Afghanistan’s favour is their bowling strength, one which should be too much for Zimbabwe to navigate past.
Match: Afghanistan Vs Zimbabwe
Date And Time: 14th September, Saturday- 6:00pm IST
Venue: Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur
Where To Watch: Star Sports Select 2 HD
- Hazratullah Zazai, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Naveen-ul-Haq
- Craig Ervine, Ryan Burl, Timycen Maruma, Kyle Jarvis
Top 4 Batting Order
- Hazratullah Zazai, Najeeb Tarakai, Asghar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran
- Brendan Taylor, Hamilton Masakadza, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams
- Hazratullah Zazai, Najibullah Zadran
- Craig Ervine, Ryan Burl
Death Overs Bowlers
- Karim Janat, Naveen-ul-Haq
- Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara
Wicket-Keeper for AFGH vs ZIM Dream11
Brendan Taylor endured yet another match where he failed to score runs with the bat in a year which has been massively riddled with failures for him. However, across the course of the last few months, he’s always got a good score in store after a couple of bad showings and it’s this narrative which sees us stick for him over here.
AFGH vs ZIM Dream11 Batsmen
Craig Ervine was someone else who failed to justify the massive expectations accorded on his yesterday, failing to take the accountability on his shoulders of delivering a massive score but with some stellar showings in the bygone months, he retains his place in our side. Elsewhere we have selected a duo from Afghanistan, getting in opener Hazratullah Zazai and Najibullah Zadran for today’s match with Zadran especially being a titillating proposition for today.
All-Rounders for AFGH vs ZIM Dream11
We begin with Mohammed Nabi, someone whose escalated batting role and the our certain overs with the ball make him someone to definitely indulge in for today’s encounter. This is a pitch which will massively favour the spinners and Nabi showed in the Vitality Blast that he can score some good runs in the T20 format as well.
Gulbadin Naib comes in as well owing to his role as an overall contributor while from Zimbabwe we are getting in Ryan Burl after his impressive 57 in 32 balls yesterday. While his first 50 in the T20 format was extremely impressive in the conditions it came about, what really won hearts was the way he dismissed the spinners, a script which makes him someone to certainly get in for today’s clash.
AFGH vs ZIM Dream11 Bowling Order
With the four wickets in between them yesterday, the two apiece for either bowler, we are indulging in both Neville Madziva and Kyle Jarvis for today’s clash. Elsewhere we have opted for both the spinners from Afghanistan with Zimbabwe traditionally known to struggle as the stuff squaring away or into them, seeing us get in Rashid Khan and Mujeeb-ur Rahman.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Ryan Burl’s all round display yesterday makes him our captain for this one while Nabi is the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, pitch report and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players.