AFG vs PAK Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Mar 26, 2023

AFG vs PAK Match Prediction - Mar 26, 2023

Afghanistan will be looking to bag the series as it faces Pakistan for the second match in the 3-match T20 series on Sunday.

The odds being offered by most cricket betting sites suggest an easy win for Pakistan in this match. However, looking at the way that the hosts played in the series opener, we would say that both teams have an even chance of winning here.


AFG vs PAK Team Previews


Rashid Khan will be delighted with the way his players performed in the last match. They executed their plan to a tee, to clinch their first-ever win over Pakistan in a T20 match.

Mohammad Nabi, who was recalled to the international side after a hiatus of almost 5 months, put up a brilliant all-round performance, picking up 2 wickets and playing a match-winning knock of 38 runs. The team will surely expect him to put up a similar performance here.

It was a very disciplined bowling performance from Afghanistan, as each of the 6 bowlers used by Rashid picked up at least one wicket. They put up a chokehold on the Pakistan batting to limit them to their 5th lowest T20 total ever. However, the batsmen will need to step up in this match as except for Nabi, none of the top or middle-order batsmen managed to put up a convincing display.

The pitch was challenging to bat on but Nabi showed that if you stick to the basics, it wasn’t impossible to score. The team has a lot of depth in their batting thanks to the presence of Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, and Najibullah Zadran, and they must use it to their advantage. 


Afghanistan Playing 11

Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Usman Ghani, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Karim Janat, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Naveen ul Haq.


While many expected Pakistan, playing without top performers like Babar Azam, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Rizwan, and Fakhar Zaman, to struggle a bit against Afghanistan, nobody expected them to surrender so meekly.

After opting to bat first, Pakistan could manage to score only 92 runs for the loss of 9 wickets on a tricky pitch which was quite helpful to the bowlers. None of the Pakistan batsmen could cross the 20-run mark as they lost wickets with frightening consistency.

Saim Ayub, who was brilliant in the recently concluded PSL, fell for just 17 runs, while the other PSL stars, including Abdullah Shafique, Mohammad Haris, and Azam Khan too failed to impress. The performance of these batsmen exposes the perils of producing flat and lifeless pitches for domestic tournaments, which heavily tilt the balance in favor of the batsmen.

Ihsanullah had a dream international T20 debut as he picked up 2 wickets in his first 3 deliveries, but that wasn’t nearly enough to derail the chase. Pakistan has a strong pace attack in the form of Naseem Shah, Ihsanullah, and Zaman Khan, and will be hoping that they do a better job with the ball here.

Imad Wasim and skipper Shadab Khan will be the key players for Pakistan here as they can contribute with the bat as well as the ball.


Pakistan Playing 11

Mohammad Haris, Saim Ayub, Abdullah Shafique, Tayyab Tahir, Azam Khan, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Zaman Khan, Ihsanullah.

AFG vs PAK Toss Prediction

The team winning the toss will likely opt to bowl first here. 


Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.

Pitch and Conditions

The surface at Sharjah is generally considered good for batting and has produced quite a few high-scoring encounters in the past. However, on this occasion, the pitch is much slower and the ball stops on the batsmen. The lack of pace will make it difficult for the batsmen to play big shots right from the word go and anything over 150 will be difficult to chase here.

The weather will be largely clear with temperatures of around 25 degrees Celsius.


AFG vs PAK Betting Tips

While Pakistan wasn’t up to the task in the last match, we expect them to come back strongly in this match, especially with the series on the line. They have some quality players in the team and also have a strong pace attack. Albeit we Afghanistan to play equally well and we will surely see a close contest.

Bet on Pakistan to win.


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    Top Bowler for Pakistan

    Ihsanullah (3.75)


Ihsanullah had an excellent outing in the recently concluded PSL, where he finished with 22 wickets in 12 matches. He had a dream international debut in the last match, where he picked up 2 wickets for 17 runs and was the top bowler for Pakistan. Looking at his form, we are backing him to do so again here.

Today Match Prediction

Pakistan To Win the Match, 1.55

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Who will win AFG vs PAK

Afghanistan 58.0% (177)
Pakistan 42.0% (128)
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