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ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018 - Super Sixes Match 6 - United Arab Emirates v Afghanistan

Asghar Stanikzai returns to Afghanistan line-up
Asghar Stanikzai returns to Afghanistan line-up
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Game: 6th Match, Super Sixes, United Arab Emirates v Afghanistan
Venue: Old Hararians Sports Club, Harare
Timings: 07:30 AM GMT / 09:30 AM Local

Afghanistan will be desperate to remain alive in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers when they take on United Arab Emirates in the sixth game of the tournament at Old Hararians Sports Club on Tuesday.

Afghanistan will be boosted by the return of skipper Asghar Stanikzai after he has been declared fit following an appendicitis surgery that he underwent in February. His absence was dearly felt in the tournament as Rashid Khan couldn't produce the same success Afghanistan had over the last two years.

They failed to carry forward any point to the Super Sixes stage which meant they were left with a miraculous task. They did keep their hopes intact following a three-wicket win over Windies in the opening game of the stage but now need to win both the games against UAE and Ireland and then hope for other results to go their way which will be a tough ask.

UAE on the other side are already out of contention for a top two finish as they entered the stage without any point and their campaign was further complicated by a 73-run defeat to Scotland. However, they will have something to rejoice as their performance in the campaign saw their ODI status extended for another four years.

Head to Head Record: The two teams have played each other five times with Afghanistan winning two and UAE winning the other three.

Squads:

Afghanistan: Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan (captain), Sharafuddin Ashraf, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Asghar Stanikzai, Ihsanullah Janat, Nasir Jamal, Shapoor Zadran, Afsar Zazai

United Arab Emirates: Ashfaq Ahmed, Chirag Suri, Ghulam Shabber (wk), Rohan Mustafa (captain), Shaiman Anwar, Muhammad Usman, Adnan Mufti, Ahmed Raza, Mohammad Naveed, Amir Hayat, Imran Haider, Qadeer Ahmed, Mohammad Boota, Zahoor Khan, Rameez Shahzad

Prediction: Afghanistan now have the pedigree and experience to win this 'must win' match. With most online cricket betting companies Afghanistan are favourites to win this one and for all your world cup qualifiers predictions and match preview and reports please visit our ICCWCQ 2018 section.

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