Afghanistan will play Zimbabwe in the first of a three-match T20I series, which begins on March 17th. Both teams performed equally well in the test series, which ended 1-1 in Abu Dhabi’s neutral venue. Afghanistan is improving year after year in both the ODI and T20 formats. In their most recent T20I series, they beat Ireland 2-1. However, considering their lack of experience in T20I cricket over the last 12 months, outperforming the Zimbabweans will be difficult.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe had just returned from a Pakistan tour, where they had been thrashed 3-0. Sean Williams, who has done a decent job leading the side in the Test series, will take over as captain this time. Brandon Taylor, Elton Chigumbura, and Chamu Chibhabha are all absent from the squad that played in the last T20I series. Zimbabwe is currently ranked 12th in the ICC T20 rankings, and a series victory here will give them a slight boost in their standings.
It will be a bright and sunny afternoon in Abu Dhabi, with temperatures ranging from 29 to 31 degrees Celsius and humidity levels hovering about 40%. For this match, there is no risk of precipitation.
In Abu Dhabi, the two teams will face a strong batting surface, but there should be enough to keep the bowlers occupied. Bowlers must get the new ball to pass around to hold batsmen at bay.
The spinners should have a say as the match progresses, but there isn’t much turn on offer for them. Both teams will choose to bat first under the scorching heat, with the pitch unlikely to change much.
At this venue, 160-170 should be considered normal, with the pacers expected to play a significant role in the match’s outcome.
Asghar Afghan (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Usman Ghani, Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Naveen Ul Haq, Karim Janat, Sharafudin Ashraf
Sean Williams (c), Richmond Mutumbami (wk), Milton Shumba, Wesley Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Prince Masvaure, Donald Tiripano, Blessing Muzarabani, Wellington Masakadza, Richard Ngarava
Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe, 1st T20I Dream 11:
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (c&wk), Wesley Madhevere, Najibullah Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Ryan Burl, Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams, Mohammad Nabi, Donald Tiripano, Naveen Ul Haq, Rashid Khan
Winning the toss
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Afghanistan), Sean Williams (Zimbabwe)
Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Blessing Muzarabani (Zimbabwe)
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Afghanistan), Wesley Madhevere (Zimbabwe)
Player of the Match
Team Scores Batting First
Afghanistan 180+, Zimbabwe 160+
Both Test matches were full of exciting cricket, and the T20I series promises to be no different. Despite Sikandar Raza and Sean Williams’s quality for Zimbabwe, we believe Afghanistan will win the first T20I. Let’s bet with baji.live now to enjoy the excitement of cricket!