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Asia T20, Super 4, Match 4- PAK vs AFG Preview and Fantasy Prediction

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Asia T20 2022

Super 4, Match 4- PAK vs AFG

Preview 

Pakistan and Afghanistan will lock horns in match 4 of the Super 4 Asia T20 League on Wednesday, September 7 at the Dubai International Stadium. Pakistan will be eyeing to get their third win on the bounce. They defeated India in the last game to get the early advantage in the Super 4 stage. Afghanistan on the other hand suffered a 4 wicket loss in their previous fixture against Sri Lanka. Mohommad Nabi and co have to win this encounter in order to have the slightest of chances of making it through the finals. 

Babar Azam led team will be hoping to continue the winning momentum going against the dark horse of the tournament. The men in green did exceptionally well in the previous encounter to earn a victory. Mohommad Rizwan played a calculative 71 to guide his side to a morale boosting win. He alongside Mohommad Nawaz made a mickey of the Indian bowlers. These two will again play a crucial role in the batting department on Wednesday. Asif Ali is another Pak batter to keep an eye on. The batting all rounder kept a calm head in crunch moments and helped his side get over the line against India. In the bowling prowess Pakistan have the likes of Nasim Shah, Haris Rauf, Shadab Khan and Nawaz. While the pace trio of Shah, Rauf and Mohommad Hasnain would look to trouble the Afghanistan batters with their menacing pace and subtle variations, the spinners would be eager to keep a check on the flow of runs. With an early win in the Super 4, the men in green have brought themselves the luxury to relax a bit. They would be in the competition regardless of the result of this match.

Meanwhile, for Afghanistan, it’s a must win situation as they lost their first encounter against Sri Lanka while chasing a total. In the league stage, the Mohommad Nabi led side performed well with two wins on the bounce before losing to SL last Saturday. Afghan spinners have played a pivotal role in their side’s dominant run in the tournament. The spin trio of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohommad Nabi will have the onus to pick wickets upfront. Pacers who seem to have lost the rhythm after the first game need to step up and deliver the goods. Ahead of this key clash, let us have a look at how these two sides will fare out in Wednesday’s game. 

 

Match Details

Match: PAK vs AFG, Super Four, Match 4- PAK vs AFG, Asia T20 2022

Date: Wednesday, September 07, 2022

Time: 7:30 PM

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

 

Pitch and Conditions

The Dubai pitch has been true to its nature and has assisted batters more than bowlers. The average first innings total is 143 and the teams batting second have more games on this track. 

 

Squads

PAK: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir, Asif Ali, Mohammad Hasnain 

AFG: Mohammad Nabi (c), Najibullah Zadran, Afsar Zazai, Azmatullah Omarzai, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Karim Janat, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Noor Ahmad, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Samiullah Shinwari, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Usman Ghani, Rashid Khan

 

Probable Playing XIs

PAK: Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani/ Mohammad Hasnain

AFG: Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Mohammad Nabi (c), Rashid Khan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi

 

Hot Fantasy Picks

(i) Batters 

Babar Azam: The champion batter is yet to make a mark in the tournament. He has accumulated 33 runs from 3 matches at the Asia T20 2022. With an average of just 11.00, Babar's forgetful 14-run knock off 10 balls against India was his highest score after playing 3 matches at the Asia Cup 2022. But that doesn’t change the fact that he is the number one player in T20Is.

(ii) All Rounders 

Mohammad Nawaz: He is a bright prospect for this Pakistan side. The 28 year old all rounder with 7 wickets is the leading wicket taker in the tournament. Besides important scalps, Nawaz has smashed 43 runs in 2 innings at an impressive strike rate of 186. 

Mohammad Nabi: The Afghan skipper has played a critical role in his side’s dominant run in the tournament thus far. We fancy the veteran to continue his dream run. 

(iii) Bowlers

Rashid Khan: The spin wizard was taken for plenty in the last game. Despite getting a wicket, Khan was a touch expensive and failed to create pressure on the opposition batters. But that does not change the fact that he is one of the finest spin bowlers in white ball cricket at the moment. We back the Afghan superstar to do well in this game. 

(iv) Wicket Keepers

Mohammad Rizwan: The number 2 T20 batter is showing us why he is rated so highly in world cricket. He has amassed 192 runs in 3 innings at a staggering average of 96 and is the leading run scorer in this competition. 

Rahmanullah Gurbaz: The Afgan opener is in terrific form with bat in hand. With 135 runs in three innings, the superemely talented wicket keeper batter is Afghanistan's leading run scorer and the third highest run scorer in this competition.

 

Risky Captaincy Choice

FazalHaq Farooqi started the tournament on a commanding note but ever since has been unable to recreate the first match magic. After taking 3 wickets in the opening game, Farooqui has remained wicketless in the following two games. 

 

Match Prediction 

Expect a cracker of an affair between these two quality T20I units. Pakistan are slightly better out of the two teams because of the depth in their batting department. We fancy the men in green to win this encounter and carry the winning momentum ahead in the tournament. 

 

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