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Pitch Report for Pakistan vs Afghanistan
First innings average score: 162
Second innings average: 154
Type: Initial help for the seamers. Encourages stroke play later.
Time: September 7, 7.30 PM IST
Probable Playing XIs for Pakistan & Afghanistan
Probable XI for Afghanistan: Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Mohammad Nabi (c), Samiullah Shenwari, Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi
It has not been a productive time with the bat for Fakhar Zaman lately. Barring the knock of 53 against Hong Kong, he hasn’t crossed the 15-run mark in 7 attempts.
Asif Ali might have added only 116 runs in his last 10 innings, but it is important to recognize that he is Pakistan’s finisher who can change the complexion of the game in a few balls, as he did against India.
For Afghanistan, Najibullah Zadran has been striking it clean and big, especially in the slog overs. His recent scores read 50, 10, 2*, 43*, and 17.
Smart Fantasy Picks
Babar Azam has collected only 33 runs in the tournament. However, he can derive confidence from the fact that he scored 51 when he last batted against Afghanistan in Dubai.
Mujeeb Ur Rehman has stuck to his reputation of striking big in the powerplay. He has taken 7 wickets in 3 games at an impressive economy of 5.83 RPO.
See the ball. Hit the ball. This audacious approach from Rahmanullah Gurbaz has seen him accumulate 135 runs in 3 innings, including the highest score of 84. He has also hit the maximum sixes (10) in this Asia Cup.
Unlike other Afghan batters, Ibrahim Zadran likes to take time in accumulating runs. He has collected 97 runs in 3 matches, including the highest score of 42*. The fact that he doesn’t throw his wicket away bodes well for fantasy players.
Although Shadab Khan didn’t get an opportunity to contribute with the bat in the last two games, he has made his presence felt with the ball by taking 6 wickets, including the best figures of 4 for 8.
While Naseem Shah leaked runs against India, he has managed to pick wickets in all 3 games. He is proving to be Pakistan’s premier pacer for the tournament.
Fantasy Power Picks
Pakistan and fantasy players have benefited enormously through Mohammad Rizwan’s consistency with the bat. With 196 runs at 96, including 2 fifties, he is leading the run-making chart for the Asia Cup.
Mohammad Nawaz’s all-round brilliance has wreaked havoc in fantasy leagues. Besides smashing a match-winning knock of 42 against India (6 fours and 2 sixes), he has bagged 7 wickets, including the best figures of 3 for 5.
Fantasy Tip of The Day
Picking Afghanistan’s spinners and explosive batters could really put your fantasy teams ahead in the race. From Pakistan, try drafting their openers and match-winning all-rounders.