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Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Predictions: Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe 2021 - 1st T20I

Zimbabwe's Sean Williams
Zimbabwe's Sean Williams
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The 1st T20I of the three-match series between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe will be played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi in the UAE.

Live Scores and Stats - 1st T20I  Afghanistan v Zimbabwe

The last time Afghanistan and Zimbabwe came up against each other in a T20I, in September 2019, Zimbabwe won by 7 wickets. This was their first victory in the T20 format over their opponents.

Afghanistan will be weakened in the absence of five players including Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Gulbadin Naib, which will present an opportunity for Zimbabwe to give Afghanistan a tough fight.

Rahmanullah Gurbaz is the top run-scorer for Afghanistan with 289 runs from his last 9 T20Is at an average of 32 and a strike rate of 136. Asghar Afghan has also made 178 runs at a strike rate of 116.

Rashid Khan has been the best bowler for Afghanistan and has picked up 12 wickets from his last 9 T20Is while bowling at a strike rate of 17 and an economy rate of 6.51.

Sean Williams is the top run-scorer for Zimbabwe with 125 runs from his last 6 T20Is at an average of 25 and a strike rate of 123. Wesley Madhevere has also made 107 runs at a strike rate of 118.

Blessing Muzarabani has been the best bowler for Zimbabwe and has picked up 4 wickets from his last 3 T20Is while bowling at a strike rate of 14 and an economy rate of 7.32.

 Let's have a look at the squads:

Afghanistan - Asghar Afghan (c), Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Afsar Zazai, Usman Ghani, Ibrahim Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najib Zadran, Karim Janat, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Amir Hamza Hotak, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Naveen ul Haq & Farid Malik.

Zimbabwe - Sean Williams (c), Ryan Burl, Regis Chakabva, Faraz Akram, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Kevin Kasuza, Wesley Madhevere, Wellington Masakadza, Prince Masvaure, Brandon Mavuta, Tarisai Musakanda, Richmond Mutumbami, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Victor Nyauchi, Milton Shumba, Sikandar Raza, Donald Tiripano


Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay

Who will win the toss? - Afghanistan

Who will win? – Afghanistan

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Afghanistan), Sean Williams (Zimbabwe)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Blessing Muzarabani (Zimbabwe)

Most Sixes – Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Afghanistan), Wesley Madhevere (Zimbabwe)

Man of the Match –  Rashid Khan

Team Scores Batting first – Afghanistan 180+, Zimbabwe 160+

Match Handicap Afghanistan 

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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.

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