Australia vs Afghanistan MATCH PREVIEW
Match Details: Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, Super 12 Group 1, Match 38
Match: Australia vs Afghanistan
Date and time: 4th November 2022 , 01:30 PM
Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Pitch report and Weather updates: The temperature is hovering around 14°C on matchday and no rain chances as of now . The wicket of Sydney surface helps the batters most . Pacers need to put some efforts here in early but get some early wickets. We can say it is a scoring pitch for a high scoring match . Average 1st innings total is 180 here .
Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch (C), Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Matthew Wade(wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa
Afghanistan: Rahmanullah Gurbaz(wk), Usman Ghani, Ibrahim Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (C), Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fareed Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi
Current forms of both teams :
Australia: Currently they are standing at the 3rd place of the group 1 . They played 4 matches in total out of which they managed only 2 win against Irelands (by 42 runs) and Srilanka (7 wickets) whereas they lost against New Zealand ( by 89 runs) and their match against England was rained out .
Afghanistan: Currently they are standing at the bottom place of the group 1 . They played 4 matches in total out of which they still waiting for their 1st victory . They lost 2 matches against Sri Lanka (by 6 wickets) and Enland (by 5 wickets) respectively whereas two of their matches against Ireland and New Zealand washed out due to rain. They will look for their 1st victory against hosts today.
After a tough start to their T20 World Cup campaign, Australia have bounced back with two wins in 4 games. However, they still find their play offs spots . Hosts are facing hurdles against New Zealand and England due to having an inferior net run rate (NRR). Although the trio of Aaron Finch, Tim David, and Marcus Stoinis are doubtful for the clash, Australia will start as the clear favourites . In order to qualify it is a must win game for the hosts .
Afghanistan, meanwhile, remain the only team in the World Cup to have not won a single match. Despite having a strong bowling attack, Afghanistan have just not clicked as a unit. But with the likes of Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi having BBL experience under their belts, Afghanistan will be keen on ending their campaign on a high with a surprise win.
Top players :
Aaron Finch is a right-handed batsman from Australia. He has smashed 107 runs in this tournament so far.
Glenn Maxwell is a right-handed batsman and right-arm off-break bowler from Australia. He has smacked 64 runs and took 3 wickets in this tournament so far.
Ibrahim Zadran is a right-handed batsman from Afghanistan. He has marked 54 runs in this tournament so far.
Mujeeb-ur-Rahman is a right-handed batsman and right-arm off-break bowler from Afghanistan. He has hunted 3 wickets in this tournament so far.
Josh Hazlewood is one of the premier bowlers in this format, picking up 56 wickets in 40 matches. He is averaging just 20.5 with an economy rate of 7.67 to his name.
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