Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe, Match 5
20th September 2019, 6:00 PM IST
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram
In Match 5 of the Bangladesh Tri-series, the two visiting sides, Zimbabwe and Afghanistan play each other in Chattogram. While Afghanistan is already assured of a place in the final, the same cannot be said for Zimbabwe, who are playing for pride on Friday. With this being their last game of the series, Zimbabwe look to win their first match and reinstate their credentials at the expense of a formidable Afghan bowling unit, led by Rashid Khan. Nevertheless, both teams should give their best at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium with a lot at stake for the minnow, Zimbabwe.
As seen in the previous game, batsmen should be able to play their strokes freely with scores of 160-170 being a common sight at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. The spinners did get some turn from the wicket and should come into the play as the match progresses
There is no threat of rain on Friday with clear conditions with a few clouds also expected to make an appearance at the ground. Dew might play a factor which could force captains to chase here in this must-win game for both teams.
Injuries: No injury concerns are reported from either side with both teams set to have the entire squad to choose their playing eleven for this game,
Probable Playing XI
Afghanistan has the luxury of tinkering with their line-up with the WT20 2020 kept in mind. Walking along similar lines, Dawlat Zadran and Naveed ul Haq should get a game in all likelihood at the expense of Karim Janat and Fareed Malik. Fazal Niazi and Sharafuddin Ashraf are also decent options while Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman are the lynch pins of the bowling unit. Their batting unit is as strong as ever with Najibullah Zadran, Mohd Nabi and Ashgar Afghan in fine form over the two games played in this series. Much is expected from the swashbuckling opener, Hazratullah Zazai, who is due for a big knock at the top of the order.
Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah, Najeeb Tarakai, Ashgar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran, Mohd Nabi, Shafiqullah Shafiq, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran and Naveed ul Haq
Zimbabwe should make a couple of changes with stalwart, Craig Ervine coming into the side for Regis Chakabva. Munyonga, who is an off-spinner by trade is another Zimbabwean in line for a place in the playing XI. Although their depth in batting has served them well on all three occasions, they require one of their senior batsmen to step up and go on to make a big one. Team management would be pleased with Richmond Mutumbani after a good fifty against Bangladesh on Wednesday although their fortunes depend on mainly Sean Williams and Brandon Taylor
Brendan Taylor, Hamilton Masakadza, Craig Ervine, Sean Ervine, Tinotenda Mutumbodzi, Ryan Burl, Richmond Mutumbani, Tony Munyonga, Kyle Jarvis, Chris Mpofu, Tendai Chatara
Going by current form, Mohammad Nabi and Najibullah Zadran are must-have picks for this game along with their captain, Rashid Khan. Former Afghan captain, Ashgar Afghan is also in good form and could earn some fantasy points while Mujeeb is backed to pick a wicket or two in the powerplay overs. From the Zimbabwean roster, the experienced trio of Craig Ervine, Sean Williams and Brendan Taylor should do the trick while Ryan Burl’s all-round abilities are also one to watch out.
1. Hazratullah Zazai
2. Rashid Khan
3. Sean Williams
Rahmanullah, Points: 45-47, Grade: A
Najeeb Tarakai, Points: 38-40, Grade: B
Hazratullah Zazai, Points: 90-92, Grade: A+
Craig Ervine, Points: 50-52, Grade: A
Najibullah Zadran, Points: 60-62, Grade: A
Mohd Nabi, Points: 36-38, Grade: B
Sean Williams, Points: 64-66, Grade: A
Ryan Burl, Points: 48-50, Grade: A
Rashid Khan, Points: 95-97, Grade: A+
Kyle Jarvis, Points: 66-68, Grade: A
Mujeeb ur Rahman, Points: 54-56, Grade: A
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