Date: October 23, 2023
Time : 2:00 PM IST
Venue : MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
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In the 22nd match of the ODI World Cup 2023, Pakistan will play against Afghanistan at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The Men in Green have lost two consecutive matches against India and Australia recently, while the Afghans have inflicted one of the major upsets in the flagship tournament, defeating England in a comprehensive manner in their previous outing. According to their head-to-head record in ODIs, Pakistan have gotten the better of Afghanistan seven consecutive times, but there have been a few close matches amongst those too.
Pakistan's batting lineup has had an indifferent ODI World Cup 2023 thus far, with just Abdullah Shafique and Mohammad Rizwan scoring consistent runs, while the pressure on the captain Babar Azam is starting to rise. In the bowling side of things, Men in Green have struggled to curtail opposition to below-par totals, with only Shaheen Afridi finding himself in the wickets column in a regular manner.
On the other side, Afghanistan's batting lineup is heavily reliant on Rahmanullah Gurbaz to put some impetus early in the innings, while the likes of Azmatullah Omarzai and Ikram Alikhil have played the role of consolidation well. The bowling attack of the Afghans is well-rounded, with Fazalhaq Farooqi picking up key wickets at the top of the innings, while the spin trio of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Mohammad Nabi have caused difficulties for the opposition in the middle to late overs.
Pakistan: Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf
Afghanistan: Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Ikram Alikhil (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Grand League Team
- Wicket-Keepers: Mohammad Rizwan, Rahmanullah Gurbaz
- Batters: Abdullah Shafique, Babar Azam, Saud Shakeel, Hashmatullah Shahidi
- All-Rounders: Iftikhar Ahmed, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan
- Bowlers: Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
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