Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe – T20 International Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe taking place? Friday, September 20th (13:30 UK)

Where is Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe taking place? Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram

What is the expected weather for Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe? 32c with a 30% chance of rain

What channel is Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe? This match cannot be streamed live in the UK

Where can I get tickets for Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe? Tickets for this match can be purchased directly from the stadium

LAST MEETING
Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe by 28 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

AFGHANISTAN

  • Afghanistan have won both of their matches played in this T20 tri-series against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, and with a final already confirmed against Bangladesh, they will be keen to keep this momentum going and pick up another win here.
  • They are likely to keep faith with the team that has done so well in the tournament so far although they will be hoping that opener Hazratullah Zazai can get some runs as he has been struggling for form of late.
  • Left arm pace bowler Fareed Ahmad has been in good form in the opening two T20 matches having taken two wickets in each game so far but they will of course look to skipper Rashid Khan for more inspiration and to continue his rich vein of form.

ZIMBABWE

  • Zimbabwe have lost all three matches played so far and they are playing purely for pride in this dead rubber, but it does offer a good opportunity for some of their younger players to impress the selectors in a pretty woeful team.
  • Captain Hamilton Masakadza has announced that he will retire from all forms of cricket after this tri-series in Bangladesh and he would love nothing more than to seal a win over a team that has dominated against Zimbabwe in recent times.
  • They will consider one or two changes and that could see Tendai Chatara come back into this side for this game while all-rounder Tony Munyonga could also come in to give them more depth with the bat which would be key given how fragile they have been.

THE PREDICTION

Afghanistan’s dominance over both Zimbabwe and Bangladesh has been clear to see in this tri-series and they will be keen to keep it going here. Zimbabwe will be keen to send their veteran captain Hamilton Masakadza into retirement with a good performance and ideally a win, but that will be a tough ask. Afghanistan’s bowling attack has proven to be too much for both Zimbabwe and Bangladesh with batsmen struggling to score quickly enough without losing wickets. With Rashid Khan in inspired form since taking over the captaincy, he will lead them to another victory.

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