AUS vs AFG, Afghanistan Playing XI vs Australia (Predicted), ICC T20 World Cup 2022, Match 38

Afghanistan
Afghanistan Team. Image Credits: Twitter

AUS vs AFG, Afghanistan Playing XI vs Australia (Predicted), ICC T20 World Cup 2022, Match 38. Australia will play against Afghanistan in the 38th Match in Adelaide at 1:30 pm IST on 4th November, Friday. Australia’s win over Ireland has moved them to level with New Zealand at the top of Group 1 having played a game more, but all teams could still mathematically qualify.

The tournament hosts and defending champions (ICC T20 World Cup 2021 winner) are firmly back in the mix to qualify for the semi-finals with one game against Afghanistan to play. The margin of victory against Ireland has improved their Net Run Rate, but not as much as it looked like it would at one stage.

Afghanistan vs Australia | Photo Credit: AP
Afghanistan vs Australia | Photo Credit: AP

Afghanistan lost to England by 5 wickets while the matches against New Zealand and Ireland were abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain. Afghanistan lost by 6 wickets against Sri Lanka after scoring 144/8. Openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Usman Ghani scored 28 and 27 respectively.

Led by Wanindu Hasaranga, whose outstanding 3 for 13 was most responsible for hindering the opposition, Sri Lanka conceded only 144 or 8 on a decent batting track. Dhananjaya de Silva then finished with 66 not out off 44 – his best T20I score as Sri Lanka strolled home with nine balls to spare.

Sri Lanka 148 for 4 (Dhananjaya de Silva 66*, Mujeeb 2-24) beat Afghanistan 144 for 8 (Hasaranga 3-13) by six wickets

Pacer Sam Curran (5/10) became the first England bowler to take a five-wicket haul in T20Is as Jos Buttler led England beat Afghanistan by 5 wickets in Perth in a Super 12 Group 1 match. Chasing a modest 113, England crossed the finish line with 11 balls to spare.

Sam Curran’s five-for dismantled Afghanistan as England notched a five-wicket win in their opening ICC T20 World Cup 2022 match on Saturday. Sam Curran sizzled with a five-wicket haul, giving away only 10 runs, while Ben Stokes (2/19) and Mark Wood (2/23) picked two wickets apiece to bundle out Afghanistan for 112. Defending a modest total, the Afghans made a game out of it but England eventually completed the task in 18.1 overs.

Sam Curran
Sam Curran (Credits: Twitter)

England got off to a steady start with Alex Hales and Jos Buttler putting on an opening stand of 35 runs. But they suffered a brief scare in the middle as they went on to lose four wickets in the space of just 46 runs. Afghanistan could also sense that they were back in the game. But Liam Livingstone stepped up and scored an unbeaten 29 from 21 deliveries to guide England home.

While achieving a target of 113 was always expected, the manner in which England struggled, particularly against Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Mohammad Nabi, spoke of a few kinks still to be ironed out. The spin trio conceded just one boundary between them and emerged with a wicket each.

Brief Scores:- England 113 for 5 (Livingstone 29*) beat Afghanistan 112 (Curran 5-10) by five wickets

Afghanistan have been dealt a major setback ahead of their key clashes against Sri Lanka and Australia in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 as star batter Hazratullah Zazai is out with an abdominal problem.

Hazratullah Zazai
Hazratullah Zazai (Credits: Twitter)

The opener is out of the tournament and will therefore affect the slim chances of Afghanistan that could have seen them reach the semifinals. Veteran star Gulbadin Naib, already in Australia will now replace him in the 15-member squad for the rest of the tournament.

AUS vs AFG, Afghanistan Playing XI vs Australia (Predicted), ICC T20 World Cup 2022, Match 38

Rahmanullah Gurbaz

Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Rahmanullah Gurbaz. Image: ACB

Rahmanullah Gurbaz will be the preferred opener for the 2022 T20I World Cup due to the promising start to his career in the international arena. The young player may quickly eliminate the opposition’s momentum and can produce strong starts while batting as the top-order batter in the opening slot.

He was the 7th highest run-getter in the Asia Cup 2022 with 152 runs in 5 T20Is averaging 30.4. The keeper scored 10 against England in the 1st Super 12 game. He top-scored with 28 off 24 balls in the game against Sri Lanka which went in vain.

Usman Ghani

Usman Ghani. (Credits: Twitter)
Usman Ghani. (Credits: Twitter)

One of the most exciting new talents to emerge from Afghanistan’s cricket programs in recent years, intrepid opening batsman Usman Ghani was good enough to play one-day international cricket for Afghanistan well before his 18th birthday.

He has amassed 762 runs in 32 T20Is averaging 27.21 after debuting in the shortest format against Zimbabwe in 2015. He didn’t play in the Asia Cup 2022. He has scored 4 fifties in T20Is. He scored 30 against England. He opened against Sri Lanka and scored 27 off as many balls.

Ibrahim Zadran

Ibrahim Zadran
Ibrahim Zadran (Image Credit: Getty)

Ibrahim Zadran made his ODI debut on 11 November 2019 and T20I debut on 14 November 2019 against the Windies. He was the 3rd highest run-getter in Asia Cup 2022 with 196 runs in 5 T20Is averaging 65.33. He was Afghanistan’s leading run-getter in Asia Cup. He scored 32 against England and 22 off 18 balls against Sri Lanka in T20 World Cup 2022.

Najibullah Zadran

Najibullah Zadran
Najibullah Zadran (Image: Twitter)

Najibullah Zadran is among the most lethal T20 batters currently active, and he has a huge amount of expertise in the field. Najibullah Zadran can easily clear the ropes and will play a significant role in the fourth position. He managed 72 runs in 5 T20Is but at a strike rate of 171.43-the 2nd highest strike rate in Asia Cup 2022. He scored 13 against England and 18 against Sri Lanka in T20 World Cup 2022.

Gulbadin Naib

Gulbadin Naib
Gulbadin Naib (Credits: Twitter)

Gulbadin Naib, who replaced the injured Hazratullah Zazai in the playing XI against Sri Lanka, scored 12 off 14 balls before being run out. He was wicketless (0/12). He has amassed 564 runs in 54 T20Is averaging 18.58. He has also taken 20 scalps averaging 35.

His previous appearance before this T20 WC 2022 was the previous T20 World Cup 2021 where he scored 69 runs averaging 34.5 in 5 T20Is and also picked 3 scalps averaging 22.33.

Azmatullah Omarzai

Azmatullah Omarzai
Azmatullah Omarzai (Photo by David Rowland-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

Azmatullah Omarzai made his T20I debut on 3 March 2022, for Afghanistan against Bangladesh. The right-arm pacer has picked 6 scalps in 15+ T20Is averaging 40+. He failed to pick a wicket against Sri Lanka, returning with figures of 0/17 in 2 overs.

He failed to pick a wicket despite playing 4 T20Is in the Asia Cup 2022. He bowled an over each in all of four matches in Asia Cup and conceded 41 runs. The 22-year-old may be replaced by the likes of 22-year-old batter Darwish Rasooli, uncapped Salim Safi, or 22-year-old leg spinner Qais Ahmad.

Mohammad Nabi

Mohammad Nabi
Mohammad Nabi. Image-Twitter

One of the finest all-rounders in the short-format game, Mohammad Nabi is highly potent with the bat and the ball. The 37-year-old, a veteran of more than 100 T20Is is thrifty with the ball during the powerplay overs and has a batting strike rate of about 140 in T20Is.

He led the Afghanistan team in the Asia Cup 2022 but failed with the bat scoring only 16 runs averaging 4 in 4 innings playing 5 T20Is. He also picked 3 scalps but averaged 42.33. He scored only 3 against England as his poor run with the bat continued. He also picked 1/16 against England. He scored 13 off 8 balls against Sri Lanka and returned with figures of 0/16 in 2 overs.

Rashid Khan

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Rashid Khan is now the strongest T20I spinner available, and he can win matches all by himself for his team. He has significantly improved as a batter and appears to be much more formidable as the game moves into its final overs.

He has been a force to reckon with in the T20I format, having 121 wickets from 73 games and averaging a mere 14.25 at an exemplary economy of only 6.24. He also has already taken 4 4-wicket and 2 5-wicket hauls in T20Is.

He led the Afghan spin attack in the Asia Cup 2022 where he picked 6 scalps averaging 21.83 in 5 T20Is. He picked 1/17 against England in the first Super 12 game. He picked 2/31 against Sri Lanka in another T20 World Cup 2022 game.

Fazalhaq Farooqi

Fazalhaq Farooqi
Fazalhaq Farooqi (Credits: Twitter)

Another rising star who has been spotted by numerous franchises worldwide is Fazalhaq Farooqi, a 21-year-old who already has established a name for himself in T20 Internationals. His numbers in the 20-over format are also decent as he has managed to scalp 19 wickets in 16 games averaging 21.15.

He debuted in Abu Dhabi against Zimbabwe on March 2021. He was MOM in the Asia Cup 2022 opener against Sri Lanka, claiming 3/11 in only 3.4 overs.  He picked the vital scalps of Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, and Chamika Karunaratne.

The left-arm pacer picked 6 scalps in 5 T20Is in the Asia Cup 2022 averaging 25.33. He picked 1/24 against England in the first Super 12 game. He returned with figures of 0/22 in 3.3 overs against Sri Lanka in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 Super 12 game.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Image Credit: Twitter)

Mujeeb Ur Rahman has not been as productive as he could have been at the beginning of his professional career, but he still manages to prevent the flow of runs. In terms of diversity, the mystery spinner offers a lot, and he teamed up with the experienced Rashid Khan to form a strong spin partnership at the 2022 T20I World Cup.

He picked 7 scalps in 5 T20Is averaging 15.86 in Asia Cup 2022. The off-spinner averages 16.5 in T20Is, having picked 48 scalps in 35 T20Is. He picked 1/22 against England and 2/24 against Sri Lanka in T20 World Cup 2022 Super12 games.

Fareed Ahmad Malik

Fareed Ahmad Malik
Fareed Ahmad Malik (Credits: Getty)

Fareed Ahmad Malik, the 21-year-old left-arm pacer has picked 30 scalps in 22 T20Is averaging 20.7. He picked 1/23 against England in ICC T20 World Cup 2022 and was wicketless-0/25 against Sri Lanka. He did well in Asia Cup 2022, picking 5 scalps in 2 games averaging 17.6. His career best of 3/14 came against Ireland in a bilateral series in this year-2022.

Afghanistan might consider replacing Fareed Ahmad Malik with the 21-year-old right-arm pacer Naveen-ul-Haq. The latter has been effective in T20Is, taking 28 wickets in 21 T20I matches for an average of 19.46. He picked 3 scalps in as many matches in Asia Cup 2022 averaging 31.33.

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