We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Four out of six games at the Harare Sports Club have been won by the teams defending. As seen in the ODI series, the wicket is expected to play slow once again.
Probable XI for Zimbabwe: Wesley Madhevere, Innocent Kaia, Craig Ervine (c), Dion Myers, Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva (wk), Milton Shumba, Ryan Burl, Blessing Muzarabani, Tendai Chatara, Luke Jongwe
Probable XI for Afghanistan: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Usman Ghani, Ihsanullah Janat, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (c), Azmatullah Omarzai/Noor Ahmad, Rashid Khan, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Fareed Ahmad Malik
Players to watch out for
Wesley Madhevere might have got only 31 runs in three ODIs. That said, when he last played a T20I at Harare, he ended up scoring 73 off 57 balls.
Blessing Muzarabani impressed with the ball in the ODIs by taking 7 wickets. He will be the leader of the attack for the hosts, and they will depend on him for early breakthroughs.
Rashid Khan will remain the biggest threat to Zimbabwe. In 12 T20Is against them, he has bagged 19 wickets.
Mohammad Nabi finished the ODI series as the highest wicket-taker (8) for the visitors. His dual role often fetches handy points for fantasy players.
Luke Jongwe who was not a part of the ODIs is expected to take the field for the first T20 game. He picked up 5 wickets in his previous two visits to Harare.
Hazratullah Zazai likes to go hammer and tongs in the powerplay and has a history of winning games on his own. His scores against Zimbabwe in this format read 31 and 13.
Najibullah Zadran too likes to take the attack to the bowlers in the middle overs. His last five T20I innings read 27, 73, 11, 7, and 22.
Zimbabwe will bank heavily on the all-round abilities of Sikandar Raza. Besides his off-spin bowling, he can play the role of a floater in the batting order. He has scored 75 runs and taken 3 wickets in his last four T20I outings.
After whitewashing Zimbabwe 3-0 in the ODIs, Afghanistan will be a confident team wanting to repeat their heroics in the T20Is as well. On the head-to-head front, Afghanistan have lost only once to Zimbabwe in 12 meetings.
Time: 11 June, 4.30 PM IST