Match Prediction ICC U19 World Cup 5th Place Playoff S-F 2 - Australia U19 v Afghanistan U19
The 5th Place Playoff Semi-Final 2 of the ICC Under 19 World Cup 2020 will be played between Australia U19 and Afghanistan U19 at the North-West University No1 Ground in Potchefstroom.
Australia finished second in group B. Australia won two and lost one out of their three group matches. They finished with four points and a net run rate of + 1.255. The team was beaten by India by 74 runs in the Super League Quarter-Final 1.
Afghanistan finished at the top of the Group D points table with two wins and one rained off match from their three games. They had five points and a net run rate of + 2.927. They were then beaten by Pakistan by 6 wickets in the Super League Quarter-Final 4.
Ibrahim Zadran has been the top scorer for Afghanistan with 150 runs at an average of almost 50. He has struck two half-centuries with the best of 87 and is expected to put runs on the board for Afghanistan.
With the ball, Shafiqullah Ghafari started off on a brilliant note with a 5-wicket haul in the opening match of the tournament. He now has 11 wickets from just two matches including the best of 6/15. Noor Ahmad has also picked up seven wickets.
Jake Fraser-McGurk, who was the top scorer for Australia with 118 runs from three games at 59, has returned home after a monkey scratched him. Sam Fanning has made 136 runs from three matches at 68.
Leg spinner Tanveer Sangha has also had a big impact with 11 wickets from four games, including a 5-wicket haul.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Australia - Mackenzie Harvey (c), Tanveer Sangha, Patrick Rowe (wk), Sam Fanning, Lachlan Hearne, Liam Scott, Oliver Davies, Todd Murphy, Liam Marshall, Bradley Simpson, Connor Sully
Afghanistan U19 - Ibrahim Zadran, Mohammad Ishaq (wk), Abdul Rahman, Abid Mohammadi, Farhan Zakhil (c), Fazal Haq, Shafiqullah Ghafari, Asif Musazai, Rahmanullah, Noor Ahmad, Imran Mir
Who will win the toss? - Afghanistan
Who will win? – Australia
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Sam Fanning (Australia), Ibrahim Zadran (Afghanistan)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Tanveer Sangha (Australia), Shafiqullah Ghafari (Afghanistan)
Most Sixes – Sam Fanning (Australia), Ibrahim Zadran (Afghanistan)
Player of the Match – Sam Fanning
Team Scores Batting first – Australia 260+, Afghanistan 220+
Match Handicap - Australia
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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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