On Friday, Australia and Afghanistan will meet for the first time in T20I history at the Adelaide Oval in an important Group 1 fixture of the Super 12 stage of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022. With nothing at stake, Afghanistan would be eager to end the World Cup on a high note while also spoiling Australia’s party. Afghanistan is known for springing surprises now and then, and this World Cup has seen its fair share of shocking victories.
On Friday, Australia and Afghanistan will meet for the first time in T20I history at the Adelaide Oval in an important Group 1 fixture of the Super 12 stage of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022.
Afghanistan is out of contention for a semifinal spot after losing two matches against England and Sri Lanka and having two other matches against New Zealand and Ireland called off due to rain.
But it is Australia, the hosts and defending champions, whose chances of reaching the semi-finals are hanging by a thread. Australia was humiliated by New Zealand in their World Cup opener. The team led by Aaron Finch came back to defeat Sri Lanka and Ireland.
However, in between victories over Sri Lanka and Ireland, Australia had a match against England called off due to inclement weather. With a net run rate of -0.304, Australia is currently third in Group 1 behind New Zealand and England. If Australia is to qualify for the semi-finals, it must not only win against Afghanistan, but also win handsomely in order to offset the net run rate.
However, the reigning champions have major injury concerns ahead of this virtual knockout. Captain Aaron Finch, Tim David, and Marcus Stoinis are all questionable for the game after suffering injuries against Ireland. Australia would make a last-minute decision on whether to risk the three players against Afghanistan.
Australia’s woes are compounded by opener David Warner’s poor form. In this World Cup, the left-handed batsman has been dismissed with scores of 5.11 and 3. Fast bowlers Mitchell Star, Pat Cummins, and Josh Hazlewood provide a glimmer of hope for Australia. Finch will be hoping that the three bowlers more than make up for the batsmen’s poor performance.
With nothing at stake, Afghanistan would be eager to end the World Cup on a high note while also spoiling Australia’s party. Afghanistan is known for springing surprises now and then, and this World Cup has seen its fair share of shocking victories.
Guide to Forms (last five matches)
- Australia: W-W-L-L-L
- Afghanistan: L-L-L-L-L
Head-to-head match between Australia and Afghanistan
- Played matches: –
- Australia triumphs:
- Afghanistan triumphs: –
The two teams have never played each other in a T20I match.
The Adelaide Oval pitch will be ideal for batting. The team batting first should score a lot of runs.
According to Accuweather, Adelaide’s evening will be partly cloudy with a high temperature around 11°C. The likelihood of rain is low.
Australia’s possible XI is as follows: David Warner (c), Aaron Finch, Cameron Green, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, and Mitchell Starc. Josh Hazlewood and Adam Zampa
Afghanistan’s possible XI is as follows: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Usman Ghani, Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi (c), Rashid Khan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fareed Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi
Suggestions for top fantasy picks
- Aaron Finch, Mitchell Marsh, and Rahmanullah Gurbaz are the batsmen.
- Matthew Wade is the wicketkeeper.
- Mohammad Nabi, Glenn Maxwell, and Marcus Stoinis are all all-rounders.
- Rashid Khan, Mitchell Starc, and Adam Zampa are the bowlers.
Odds on betting (OKBET Sports Betting)
- 1.10 Australia
- Afghanistan: 7:00 a.m.
What to look out for
The game begins at 1.30 p.m. IST. The match will be broadcast on the Star Sports Network in India. The live-action can be viewed online via Disney+Hotstar.
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