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Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe, 2021 – 2nd T20I, Preview: Best Betting Odds and Winner Prediction

Match Details

The 2nd T20I between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe will be played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi and will get underway at 2:00 PM local time (3:30 PM IST).

Preview

Zimbabwe played some outstanding cricket in the test series but they were bound to struggle in the shorter formats. Afghanistan are very strong T20 team, especially in their familiar conditions, and have series win over West Indies, Bangladesh, Ireland and Zimbabwe in the last three years. The surface in the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium is on the slower side and will aid the spinners. With Rashid Khan, Mohammed Nabi and Amir Hamza at their disposal, Afghanistan has a very strong bowling attack. The pacers also bowled well in the previous game thus there won’t be any respite for the visitors.

Rahman Ullah Gurbaz played a blistering knock in the 1st T20I while Asghar Afghan carried on his good form and stroked a top class 50. Mohammed Nabi can also be dangerous down the order. So overall, Afghanistan have all their bases covered. For Zimbabwe, if they are to challenge Afghanistan, they’ll need some exceptional effort from Sean Williams and Sikandar Raza.

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Pitch Report

The pitch in Abu Dhabi is on the slower side and will aid the spinners. It’ll further get slower in the second innings which will make chasing difficult.

Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe Predicted Playing XIs

Afghanistan:

Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Karim Janat, Usman Ghani, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan (c), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Amir Hamza, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fareed Malik

Zimbabwe:

Tarisai Musakanda, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Sean Williams (c), Wesley Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Richmond Mutumbami (wk), Ryan Burl, Donald Tiripano, Brandon Mavuta, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava

Probable Top Performers

Rashid Khan- Rashid Khan is the top ranked T20I bowler and has picked up 93 wickets from 49 T20Is. He was too hot to handle for the Zimbabwe batsmen in the first T20I and can be backed to trouble the visitors in the next game as well.

Mohammad Nabi – The ace all rounder will be the trump card for the hosts in the next game. He’s a batsman that can be destructive in the final overs while his off spin will be more than handy on these wickets.

Sean Williams – Zimbabwe rest their hopes on Sean Williams, who is their best batsman. He was in fine form in the Test series and would love to replicate his success in T20Is.

Our Betting Tips

The slow nature of the wickets hands over the advantage to Afghanistan, who’ve three quality spinners in their team. They outplayed the Zimbabwe in the 1st game and are expected to do the same in the next T20I. The online cricket betting odds are in favour of Afghanistan, which posses a better unit in these conditions.

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Predicted Winners

Afghanistan are expected to win this game.

Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe, 2021 – 1st T20I, Preview: Best Betting Odds and Winner Prediction

Match Details

The 1st T20I between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe will be played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi and will get underway at 2:00 PM local time (3:30 PM IST).

Preview

After getting dominated in the first Test, Afghanistan came roaring back in the second Test. Drawing the Test series will give some much-needed confidence to the Afghanistan team. They will feel the absence of some important figures, one of whom is Mujeeb Ur Rehman. Five players have not received clearance to play in this series as their visa hasn’t been cleared. However, experienced pro, Mohammad Nabi will be there with the team, which should boost the morale of the young Afghan brigade.

Zimbabwe, on the other hand, doesn’t have the services of some of their star players, but the squad has shown enough spirit in the Test series for their fans to not count out them. Sikandar Raza and Sean Williams are two important players of this squad. Skipper Williams has been in good form with the bat but it will be interesting to see if he can transfer his form from red-ball cricket to white-ball T20s.

There is one stat that will give the Afghanistan team solid confidence though. In the nine T20I matches played between these two sides, Asghar Afghan’s team has won eight. However, the only time Zimbabwe were able to beat them in the T20Is, was when these two teams played a tri-series match in Bangladesh in 2019.

Pitch Report

The pitch in Abu Dhabi is slightly slow in nature, which doesn’t allow the batsmen to score runs freely. The wicket might get considerably better in the second innings.

Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe Predicted Playing XIs

Afghanistan:

Probable XI Afghanistan: Rahmatullah Gurbaz, Usman Ghani/Ibrahim Zadran, Karim Janat, Asghar Afghan (C), Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Amir Hamza Hotak, Rashid Khan, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Naveen-ul-Haq

Zimbabwe:

Probable XI Zimbabwe: Tinashe Kamunhukamwe/Prince Masvaure, Kevin Kasuza, Sean Williams (C), Wesley Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Regis Chakabva (WK), Donald Tiripano, Wellington Masakadza/Brandon Mavuta, Richard Ngarava, Blessing Muzarabani

Probable Top Performers

Rashid Khan- The T20 numbers which the young leg-spinner has produced in his career so far, is quite astonishing. He has picked up 89 wickets from 48 T20Is. He has one of the best rates of taking wickets in the format. On top of that, Rashid is quite a competent batsman, who scores runs freely towards the end of the innings.

Mohammad Nabi – The Afghanistan all-rounder has made a name for himself across the globe with solid all-round performances. In Pakistan Super League, Nabi had scored two really good fifties before the tournament was postponed. So, he is one of the in-form players as well. He has scored 1347 runs at a strike rate of 145.30 and has taken 69 wickets with an economy of 7.17.

Sean Williams – The Zimbabwe captain will have to take responsibility for the bulk of the batting once again in the T20Is. He scored two really impressive hundreds in the Tests and will have to bat well in the T20s if his side has to win the series. He has 882 runs in T20Is with a strike rate of 129.

Our Betting Tips

The wicket will suit the kind of bowling unit Afghanistan has. The slowness of the surface will only play into the favour of Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi, who are two top-notch T20I bowlers. The online cricket betting odds are in favour of Afghanistan, which posses a better unit in these conditions.

Predicted Winners

Afghanistan are expected to win this game.

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