AFG vs PAK Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Mar 24, 2023
Tournament: Afghanistan v Pakistan in UAE, 2023.
Date: March 24, 2023.
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, UAE.
Afghanistan is all set to take on Pakistan in a 3-match T20I series to begin on Friday. This series will be played in Sharjah, UAE the upcoming week. It is the first-ever series of this kind between these two countries. This entire series will be played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah, UAE. Let's look at the betting tips, weather report, and match prediction for the first game of the series.
AFG vs PAK Team Previews
The Afghan team management has named a 17-member team for this series and the outfit will be led as usual by Rashid Khan. It will be his 2nd assignment after the ICC T20 world cup in 2022. Another senior cricketer Mohammad Nabi led the team in another tournament some months ago and he has been asked to participate in the national team again. We might get to see the debut in this series for the tall southpaw Sediqullah Atal. The elegant batter is renowned for his elegant stroke play. Two well-known names that have been excluded from the team are Hazratullah Zazai and Rahmat Shah.
Apart from the above-mentioned names, Zahir Khan and Nijat Masoud have also been kept in the reserve together with Nangyal Kharoti. These players were a part of the recently concluded UAE tour made by Afghanistan. The Afghanistan batting line-up will feature all the usual suspects with Rahmanullah Gurbaz opening the innings and the Zadran brothers coming in the middle order. Their fast-bowling department will be headed again by Fazalhaq Farooqi. The other fast bowling partner for his will be a tossup between Azmatullah Omarzai and Naveen ul-Haq.
After a disastrous campaign in the 2022 T20 world cup where the Afghan team failed to win a single game in the Super 12 stages, they registered a good 2-1 series win over the UAE team. The series was level after the second game but a formidable effort from the entire team saw the Afghanistan outfit emerging victorious in the bilateral series. It was the first series win for the skipper, Rashid Khan, since becoming the full-time captain of the side. The Mohammad Nabi-led team had to endure a couple of losses against Australia and India in the meantime.
Afghanistan Playing 11
Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Karim Janat, Azmatullah Omarzai, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Naveen ul Haq.
The Pakistan Cricket Board, on the other hand, has announced a 15-member team for this series. The Pakistan team will be led by Shadab Khan who was also in charge of Islamabad United in the PSL or Pakistan Super League competition for the 2023 season. Several star players from Pakistan will miss this tour such as Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Fakhar Zaman. These players have been rested by the management to manage their workloads during the season.
As a result of these omissions, the Pakistan team will feature several youngsters on their side. These players are hand-picked from their domestic circuit. Some of these players include top-order batsman Saim Ayub, the fast bowler Ihsanullah, and the hard-hitting batter Tayyab Tahir. Another member of the squad is Abdullah Shafique who was impressive in the red-ball format of the game. He has been included in the team after a strong performance in PSL 2022 for the side of Lahore Qalandars.
The Pakistan middle order will be in the hands of batters such as Shadab Khan, Iftikar, and Shan Masood. The fast-bowling department will be led by Naseem Shah. Another player that has been added to the team has been Imad Wasim. Muhammad Nawaz has retained his place on the side. Pakistan had done a much better job with the T20 world cup ending the competition as runners-up. After starting the campaign on a losing note to India they bounced back well to register consecutive victories and beat New Zealand in the semi-finals to reach the final.
Pakistan Playing 11
Saim Ayub, Mohammad Haris, Abdullah Shafique, Tayyab Tahir, Shadab Khan, Azam Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Zaman Khan, Ihsanullah.
AFG vs PAK Toss Prediction
The wicket on offer at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah will become slower as the game progresses. So, the skipper winning the toss will opt to bat first in all probability.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
Pitch and Conditions
We have seen the Sharjah Cricket Stadium play host to 29 T20 internationals so far. The side batting first has won 16 games while the side batting second has recorded a victory on 12 occasions. So, batting first will be a clear advantage on this track. The average first innings total on this venue is 151 runs.
We are expecting bright and sunny weather during the game. The temperature will hover close to 23 degrees during the match. You can also expect winds in the region of 20 km/hr. The relative humidity during the game will be close to 60% and there might be some cloud cover although it is a distant possibility.
AFG vs PAK Betting Tips
Although Pakistan is playing away from home, they are an established side in this format. There are several top players from the national side missing from the competition. Afghanistan on the other hand is taking its full and best available side into this game. They might pull a surprise in this match over Pakistan. But all things considered, Pakistan start as the favorite to win this game.
Bonus Cricket Bets
Shan Masood is one of the batters that did a consistent job for Pakistan in recent matches. You can expect him to come good in this game and score more than 22 runs.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz has been a consistent batter for Afghanistan near their top order. So, you can expect him to come good and top-score for Afghanistan in this game.
Afghanistan's top-order batters are in good nick at the moment. You can bet on them to score more than 6 runs in the first over of the Afghan innings.