Date: 10th -14th March 2021
Time: 11:00 AM (IST)
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
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Zimbabwe stunned Afghanistan with a 10-wicket emphatic victory in the first Test match. This indeed proves that this series will not be a dead rubber in terms of competition and there are a lot of things at stake. The second Test will be starting from the 10th of March and Afghanistan will be itching to level the series as they cannot win it.
Afghanistan suffered a shocking 10-wicket loss to Zimbabwe in the first Test match. Their biggest match-winner, Rashid Khan was not available for the previous match because of a finger injury. This left them in dire straits and this speaks volumes of their heavy dependence on a few players. The inexperienced batting department of Afghanistan too came under the scanner after their paltry batting performances. Ibrahim Zadran was the only player to cross the fifty-plus mark in the entire match for Afghanistan. However, Rashid Khan is expected to play in this game.
Zimbabwe were absolutely sensational in the Test match. Their experienced bowling department was in full swing and skittled the Afghanistan batters. Skipper Sean Williams scored a breathtaking in the first innings and absolutely strengthened Zimbabwe’s grip on the game. Blessing Muzarrabani took a total of 6 wickets in the entire game and is a hot-pick in this match.
Probable Playing XI
Abdul Malik, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Munir Ahmad, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afsar Zazai (wk), Asghar Afghan (c), Abdul Wasi/Rashid Khan, Amir Hamza, Yamin Ahmadzai, Zahir Khan
Prince Masvaure, Kevin Kasuza, Sean Williams (C), Richmond Mutumbami, Sikandar Raza, Wesley Madhevere, Regis Chakabva (WK), Donald Tiripano, Blessing Muzarabani, Brandon Mavuta, Victor Nyauchi
Wicket-Keepers: Regis Chakabva, Afsar Zazai
Batsmen: Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Kevin Kasuza
All-Rounders: Abdul Wasi, Sikandar Raja, Sean Williams
Bowlers: Blessing Muzarabani, Victor Nyauchi, Rashid Khan, Zahir Khan
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