PAK vs AFG ICC Men’s ODI Cricket World Cup Match Prediction
Match: Pakistan vs Afghanistan
Time: 23 Oct, 02:00 PM (IST)
Series:: ICC Men’s ODI Cricket World Cup Match
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium – Chennai, India
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PAK vs AFG Preview:
- Ahead of the upcoming Sunday’s match in the tournament, Mohammad Rizwan stands out as the tournament’s leading run-scorer, amassing an impressive 294 runs with an exceptional average of 98.00. Even in the recent defeat to Australia, his lowest score was a respectable 46, showcasing his remarkable consistency throughout the competition. Rizwan’s proactive presence at the crease makes us confident in endorsing him as Pakistan’s most likely top run-scorer in this forthcoming match.
- On the bowling front, Shaheen Shah Afridi displayed his prowess by claiming his third 5-wicket haul in ODI cricket just last Friday. Should he replicate this exceptional feat in the upcoming game, he will reach a significant milestone of 100 wickets in this format. His performance in Match 18, where he also bowled a maiden over, leads us to anticipate him as Pakistan’s primary wicket-taker against Afghanistan in this fixture.
- When these two teams clashed in a three-match bilateral ODI series at the end of August, Rahmanullah Gurbaz showcased his prowess by hitting a run-a-ball 151 at the top of the order. His subsequent innings, including an impressive 119 in a warm-up match against Sri Lanka and an 80 against England in Delhi, make him our top pick for Afghanistan’s highest run-scorer against Pakistan in this contest.
- Leg-spinner Rashid Khan made waves by dismissing Daryl Mitchell in the recent match against New Zealand, underlining his consistent form with 6 wickets from his last three ODIs. His ability to maintain control while bowling instills confidence in his performance, and he is eager to shine on this pitch once again.
- With just 6 runs needed to reach the 300-run mark in the competition, our prediction is for Mohammad Rizwan to surpass 31.5 runs in this upcoming match.
Live Streaming of PAK vs AFG:
TV Channels: This game will be broadcast on Sky Cricket, Sky Sports PAK, Willow TV and Star Sports.
Live Streaming: You can live-stream the match on Disney+ Hotstar and Sky Go.
Weather & Pitch Report:
Expect scorching conditions in Chennai throughout the match, with temperatures hovering around the 30-degree mark from the beginning to the end. As the game progresses, humidity levels are forecasted to climb to approximately 60%.
The MA Chidambaram Stadium has witnessed some exciting battles between bat and ball in this competition, and on Monday, we anticipate a pitch that will provide ample spin for the spinners.
Despite New Zealand’s dominant victory when batting first in the previous game at this venue, our forecast suggests that both captains will opt to field first. This decision aligns with the trend observed in the first two matches in Chepauk during the 2023 Cricket World Cup, where the team that chased emerged victorious.
PAK vs AFG Team NEWS:
PAK Team News:
Before Pakistan’s match with Australia on Friday, Babar Azam made an important alteration to the Pakistan XI, opting to exclude vice-captain Shadab Khan in favor of Usama Mir. While Mir’s performance may have been costly, it would come as a surprise if he isn’t granted another chance in this upcoming fixture.
AFG Team News:
Following their historic victory over England during the weekend, it was entirely expected when Hashmatullah Shahidi confirmed an unchanged lineup for the upcoming encounter with New Zealand on Wednesday. Although there might be a temptation to include another spinner for this match, our anticipation leans towards the same XI being announced.
2. Imam-ul Haq
3. Babar Azam(C)
4. Mohammad Rizwan(WK)
5. Saud Shakeel
7. Mohammad Nawaz
8. Usama Mir
9. Hasan Ali
10. Haris Rauf
11. Shaheen Afridi
2. Ibrahim Zadran
3. Rahmat Shah
4. H Shahidi(C)
5. Azmatullah Omarzai
6. Ikram Alikhil(WK)
7. Mohammad Nabi
11. Fazal Haq
PAK vs AFG Team Combo:
PAK Team Info –
- Abdullah Shafique and Imam-ul Haq will probably open the inning.
- Babar Azam will bat at the one-down position. He is the backbone of the batting team.
- Mohammad Rizwan and Saud Shakeel will handle the middle-order batting.
- Mohammad Rizwan is having topmost fantasy points in this series.
- Babar Azam will lead the Pakistan as a Captain. He is also a good Batsman
- Mohammad Rizwan will do the Wicket-Keeping for Pakistan. He is having topmost fantasy points in this series.
- Mohammad Nawaz and Iftikhar-Ahmed will take care of the spin bowling of his team.
- Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf will lead the pace attack of his team.
- Shaheen Afridi was the highest fantasy points gainer in the previous match.
AFG Team Info –
- Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran will probably open the inning.
- Rahmat Shah will bat at the one-down position. He is the backbone of the batting team.
- Hashmatullah Shahidi and Azmatullah Omarzai will handle the middle-order batting.
- Azmatullah Omarzai was the highest fantasy points gainer in the previous match.
- Hashmatullah Shahidi will lead the Afghanistan as a Captain. He is also a good Batsman
- Ikram Alikhil will do the Wicket Keeping for Afghanistan.
- Rashid-Khan and Mujeeb-ur-Rahman will take care of the spin bowling of his team.
- Rashid-Khan is having topmost fantasy points in this series.
- Naveen-ul-Haq and Fazal Haq will lead the pace attack of his team.
Afghanistan undoubtedly considers this match as an opportunity to secure a victory in the Cricket World Cup. Despite their past encounters with Pakistan not resulting in wins, they came remarkably close earlier this year. Many observers had anticipated Afghanistan to pose a more significant threat than they did against New Zealand in Chennai, especially against batters accustomed to playing on spinning tracks. Although Pakistan hasn’t performed at their peak in their last two matches, we anticipate their key players rising to the occasion and guiding them to success in this crucial fixture.
PAK vs AFG Key Players:
The wicket-keeping batsman scored a solid 46 runs from 40 deliveries in the match against Australia, but his innings came to an end due to an lbw decision upheld by the umpire. Unfortunately, his dismissal marked the culmination of Pakistan’s aspirations, highlighting just how vital he is to the team.
While it’s commonly recognized that the Pakistan captain is not currently at the peak of his form, it’s worth noting that he managed to register a half-century in his most recent outing against India, and he also posted an impressive 90 in a warm-up match against Australia earlier this month.
Shaheen Shah Afridi
Despite his team allowing 367 runs against Australia, Shaheen proved exceptional by conceding just 54 runs while dismissing Mitch Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood.
During the match on Friday, the right-arm fast bowler yielded the highest number of runs in his ODI career in just eight overs. Remarkably, he managed to secure 3 crucial wickets, including those of in-form batters.
The aggressive right-handed opening batsman has stood out as Afghanistan’s most remarkable top-order player in the 2023 World Cup and boasts an impressive track record against Pakistan.
The 23-year-old all-rounder has been a valuable contributor with both bat and ball throughout the competition. He achieved a notable high score of 62 and left a strong impression with figures of 2-56 against New Zealand.
Acknowledged as one of the premier slow bowlers in white-ball cricket, this spin bowler intends to leverage the insights gained from his previous match on this pitch to determine the ideal pace for his deliveries in the upcoming game.
This fast bowler has demonstrated his brilliance as a limited-overs bowler on several occasions. In a recent encounter against New Zealand, he bowled the 48th over, conceding a mere 3 runs while securing 2 wickets, further showcasing his skill.
PAK vs AFG Team Forms:
PAK Team Form:
Pakistan opened the 2023 Cricket World Cup with victories against the Netherlands and Sri Lanka. However, in this upcoming match, they aim to prevent their third consecutive defeat.
AFG Team Form:
While Afghanistan suffered a comprehensive defeat at the hands of New Zealand in their recent match, it’s important to remember that just two games ago, they secured a convincing victory over England.
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PAK vs AFG SQUAD:
Pakistan (PAK) Squad:
Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul Haq, Babar Azam(C), Mohammad Rizwan(WK), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar-Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Haris(WK), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Wasim, Agha Salman, Shadab Khan, Abrar Ahmed, Zaman- Khan.
Afghanistan (AFG) Squad:
Rahmanullah Gurbaz(WK), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi(C), Azmatullah Omarzai, Ikram Alikhil(WK), Mohammad Nabi, Rashid-Khan, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazal Haq, Najibullah-Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Gulbadin Naib, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Fareed Malik, Noor Ahmad, Abdul Rahman
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