We are just finished with round 1 of the ICC T20 World Cup and it’s time for Super 12. The first day of this mega event includes two matches.
- Australia vs New Zealand
- Afghanistan vs England
Here we would cover the second match of the day which includes a full match preview and fantasy teams at the end. In case, you are reading this before AUS vs NZ has happened, don’t forget to check that match preview too.
Their journey in the recently concluded Asia Cup started on a very high note. Afghanistan defeated Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in group matches and were the table toppers, but couldn’t retain their performance in the Super 4 and lost all the matches.
Defeating Australia (2-0) and Pakistan (4-3) that too in their backyard is not an easy task, but England’s side must be high on confidence with these two continuous series wins. Ex-champions (2010) would like to continue their performance and would eye on their second WT20.
Broadcasting and Pitch Details
- Date and Time: 22 October, Saturday, 4:30 PM IST/11:00 AM GMT/7:00 PM Local
- Streaming Platforms: Star Sports Network and Disney+Hotstar app and website.
The match would be played at Perth Stadium, Perth.
Only 2 T20I (s) have been played on this ground till now, where the team batting first won the match once and the same for the side fielding first.
157 is the average score for the side batting first on this ground.
Probable Playing XI
England: Jos Buttler (C)(WK), Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Liam Livingstone, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, David Willey, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Afghanistan: Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz(WK), Ibrahim Zadran, Usman Ghani, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (C), Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Naveel Ul Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi
H2H and Recent Matches
Afghanistan and England faced each other twice and England emerged as the winner on both occasions.
Latest 5 match record for both teams:
England- W W W W L (4/1)
Afghanistan- L L L W W (2/3)
Players To Watch Out For
Rahmanullah Gurbaz: He is a hard-hitting opening batsman who takes charge from the very first ball. Since July 1, Gurbaz is the second-highest run-scorer for Afghanistan but the pace at which he scored these runs is phenomenal (152.94).
Rashid Khan: Undoubtedly the best white spinner in the current circuit of international cricketers. His record against Jos Buttler, Alex Hales (1 dismissal for 2 runs) and most of the English batsmen is pretty good.
He might be the most important player if Afghanistan won this match.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman: He can bowl at any point of the match and is considered a powerplay specialist for Afghanistan.
Mujeeb is the highest wicket-taker for Afghanistan in the last three months with an economy of just over 6 which is pretty good and was the highest Wicket taker for Afghanistan in Asia Cup 2022.
Jos Buttler: He announced his return in style after sustaining a calf injury. Buttler was the player of the series against Australia in the recently concluded T20I series. He should play Rashid carefully as his acceleration later in the innings is notably good.
Dawid Malan: A solid left-handed top-order batsman who can play as an anchor and can even change gears whenever required. Malan is England’s top run scorer since July 1 with 450+ runs and would play a major role in deciding England’s faith in this tournament.
Moeen Ali: A hard-hitting middle-order batsman who is England’s leading run scorer after ICC T20 World Cup 2021. He has 458 runs, that too at a Strike Rate of 164.
He and Liam Livingstone are the only two players on the side having a good/equal record against Rashid Khan. Moeen would be an important asset for England with both bat and ball and he would aspire to score quick runs at the end of innings or whenever required.
Top Performers For Both Teams (Since July 1)
Highest Run Scorer (England)
Dawid Malan: Matches-15 Runs-453 Average-34.84 Strike Rate-142.90
Moeen Ali: Matches-16 Runs-350 Average-38.88 Strike Rate-170.73
Higesht Wicket Taker (England)
Reece Topley: Matches-12 Wickets-14 Average-26 Economy-8.08
David Willey: Matches-11 Wickets-13 Average-25.07 Economy-8.73
Highest Run Scorer (Afghanistan)
Ibrahim Zadran: Matches-10 Runs-287 Average-41 Strike Rate-113.88
Rahmanullah Gurbaz: Matches-10 Runs-260 Average-26 Strike Rate-152.94
Higesht Wicket Taker (Afghanistan)
Mujeeb Ur Rahman: Matches-10 Wickets-13 Average-16.46 Economy-6.11
Naveen Ul Haq: Matches-8 Wickets-10 Average-21.50 Economy-18.65
Key Matchups (T20 Cricket)
Jos Buttler vs Rashid Khan: Runs-31 Dismissals-4 Average-7.8 SR-63.3
Ben Stokes vs Rashid Khan: Runs-11 Dismissals-2 Average-5.5 SR-61.1
Liam Livingstone vs Rashid Khan: Runs-115 Dismissals-4 Average-28.8 SR-176.9
Moeen Ali vs Rashid Khan: Runs-66 Dismissals-3 Average-22 SR-153.5
Alex Hales vs Mujeeb Ur Rahman: Runs-64 Dismissals-1 Average-64 SR-177.8
Dawid Malan vs Mujeeb Ur Rahman: Runs-10 Dismissals-2 Average-5 SR-58.8
AFG vs ENG Dream11/Fantasy Team
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We predict England to win this match. Jos Buttler and Rashid Khan might be the best performers from each side.