Cricket Match Predictions: ICC U19 World Cup 2022 - Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe, Match 8 : 16th Jan
The 8th match of the ICC Under 19 World Cup 2022 will be played between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe.
Afghanistan’s rise in the senior game has been mirrored at Under 19 level, with the side having reached the quarter-finals in three of the last four editions of the ICC U19 Men’s CWC.
Since first qualifying in 2010, Afghanistan have made it to every tournament since, with the highlight coming in 2018 when a team featuring the likes of Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Mujeeb Ur Rahman helped them reach the semi-finals before losing to Australia.
This time around, it will be up to spinner Noor Ahmad to provide the experience, as the only survivor from the 2020 squad.
The 17-year-old has been involved in both the Big Bash and the PSL and should provide plenty of support to skipper Suliman Safi.
Zimbabwe have been remarkably consistent in recent editions, finishing either 10th or 11th in each of the last four ICC U19 Men’s CWCs.
A record of three wins and three losses in each of those tournaments shows that Zimbabwe should not be taken lightly by any opponent, and they will be keen to spring a surprise of the sub-continental pair who are favourites to get out of the group.
Emmanuel Bawa, who scored a century against Canada at the 2020 edition, captains the side this year and is the only remaining member of that squad.
He will be supported by vice-captain Brian Bennett in a side that is coached by former Zimbabwe captain Prosper Utseya.
Afghanistan - Suliman Safi (c), Ijaz Ahmadzai(vc), Mohammad Ishaq(wk) Suliman Arabzai, Bilal Sayeedi, Allah Noor, Muhammadullah, Khyber Wali, Ijaz Ahmad, Izharulhaq Naweed, Noor Ahmad, Faisal Khan, Naweed Zadran, Bilal Sami, Nangyalai Khan, Khalil Ahmad, Abdul Hadi, Bilal Tarin, Shahid Hassani and Younis.
Zimbabwe - Emmanuel Bawa (c), Brian Bennet, David Bennet, Victor Chirwa, Mgcini Dube, Alex Falao, Tendekai Mataranyika, Tashinga Makoni, Connor Mitchell, Steven Saul, Matthew Schonken, Panashe Taruvinga, Matthew Welch, Rogan Wolhuter, Ngenyasha Zvinoera.
Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - Afghanistan Under-19
Who will win? – Afghanistan Under-19
Top Batter (Runs Scored) – Emmanuel Bawa (Zimbabwe Under-19), Suliman Safi (Afghanistan Under-19)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Panashe Taruvinga (Zimbabwe Under-19), Noor Ahmad (Afghanistan Under-19)
Most Sixes – Emmanuel Bawa (Zimbabwe Under-19), Suliman Safi (Afghanistan Under-19)
Player of the Match – Suliman Safi
Team Scores Batting first – Zimbabwe Under-19 180+, Afghanistan Under-19 250+
Match Handicap Afghanistan Under-19
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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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