Date: 17th March 2021
Time: 3:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
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After an exciting Test series which saw the two sides winning 1 game each and drawing the series, the focus now shifts to the shortest format of the game. Both teams are good T20I sides and exciting action should be expected from the game. It is an important series for both teams ahead of the 2021 T20 World Cup.
Afghanistan are a strong T20I side and though they start favorites, they would be wary of their Zimbabwe counterparts because the latter are a strong bunch of players. Rashid Khan was in excellent form in the second Test match after missing out on the first game. He took a total of 11 wickets and will be itching to continue his breathtaking form in his favorite format. Mohammed Nabi and Naveen ul Haq are the other men to look out for.
After stunning the hosts in the first game by a terrific victory, Zimbabwe succumbed to a 6-wicket win in the second Test match. This series will be a very important series for Zimbabwe ahead of the T20 World Cup as they are one of the 16 teams to have qualified for the showpiece event. Ryan Burl, Sikander Raza and Sean Williams will be the men to watch out for and are excellent choices for captain and vice captain.
Probable Playing XI
Abdul Malik, Ibrahim Zadran, Munir Kakar, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Naveen-ul-haq, Amir Hamza, Rashid Khan, Yamin Ahmadzai.
Prince Masvaure, Kevin Kasuza, Tarisai Musakanda, Sean Williams (c), Ryan Burl, Wesley Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva (wk), Donald Tiripano, Victor Nyauchi, Blessing Muzarabani
Wicket-keepers: Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Regis Chakabva
Batsmen: Wesley Madhevere, Asghar Afghan, Kevin Kasuza, Hasmatullah Shahidi
All-rounders: Sean Williams, Sikander Raja, Mohammed Nabi, Ryan Burl
Bowlers: Blessing Muzarabani, Naveen-ul-Haq, Rashid Khan, Donald Tiripano
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