Deadline: September 14, 2019 at 6 PM IST
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
The pitch is a nightmare for spinners, offering no turn, bounce, or zip. So much so that Shakib Al Hasan conceded 49 in 4 overs without taking any wicket.
A few dark clouds will loom over, but they are expected to clear during the match.
Probable XI for Afghanistan: Hazratullah Zazai, Najeeb Tarakai, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Shafiqullah Shafiq (wk), Rashid Khan (c), Karim Janat, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran
Probable XI for Zimbabwe: Brendan Taylor (wk), Hamilton Masakadza (c), Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Timycen Maruma, Ryan Burl, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Tony Munyonga, Neville Madziva, Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara
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My 11: Brendan Taylor (wk), Ryan Burl (vc), Hamilton Masakadza, Asghar Afghan, Hazratullah Zazai (c), Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Neville Madziva, Mohammad Nabi, Kyle Jarvis, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rashid Khan
Afghanistan have won all 7 T20Is against Zimbabwe, and given the fact they are still high on the Test victory over Bangladesh, it will be an uphill task to stop them. Zimbabwe need to play out of their skin to end the drought.
Players to watch out for
Hazratullah Zazai scored the third-joint highest score (162*) in T20I cricket on his international debut. That’s not it. He followed it up with scores of 82 and 74. After 6 T20Is, his average reads 75.6 and strike rate 192.8. Enough said.
You must be wondering who also scored 162. It is the captain of Zimbabwe: Hamilton Masakadza.
However, he will be pitted against Rashid Khan, the No. 1 bowler in ICC T20I Rankings and one of the only two bowlers to take four wickets in four balls.
Zimbabwe bowlers gave their best to defend the modest target against Bangladesh: Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara, and Neville Madziva took two wickets each.
Afghanistan: Hazratullah Zazai, Najeeb Tarakai, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Shafiqullah Shafiq(w), Sharafuddin Ashraf, Rashid Khan(c), Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran, Karim Janat, Fareed Malik, Fazal Niazai, Shahidullah Kamal, Naveen-ul-Haq, Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Zimbabwe: Brendan Taylor (wk), Hamilton Masakadza (c), Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Timycen Maruma, Ryan Burl, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Tony Munyonga, Kyle Jarvis, Neville Madziva, Tendai Chatara, Chris Mpofu, Ainsley Ndlovu, Richmond Mutumbami, Regis Chakabva