Date: 25th October 2021
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
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Scotland and Afghanistan are set to face each other in the seventeenth game of the World T20 Cup on October 25, 2021. Scotland were dominant in the first round as they won all three matches. They registered a phenomenal win against Bangladesh in their opening game owing to a superb all-around performance from the side. Scotland then won against PNG and Oman to book their place in the Super 12 Group stage. On the other hand, Afghanistan lost to South Africa in the first warm-up game and then defeated West Indies in the second match.
Scotland will aim to keep their winning momentum going and make a winning start in their Super 12 Group stage as well. George Munsey, Richard Berrington and Kyle Coetzer are the top batting picks from the side. Additionally, Chris Greaves and Brad Wheal looked in great form in the qualifiers and can be a handful for the Afghanistan batters.
Led by experienced all-rounder Mohammad Nabi, Afghanistan will look forward to make a statement after all the controversies back home. Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq and Mujeeb-ur-Rahman will be the key bowlers and can be excellent captain choices to try in grand leagues. Having smashed fifties in the warm-up game against Windies, Mohammad Shahzad and Hazratullah Zazai will be eager to continue their terrific form. Besides, Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Najibullah Zadran can also contribute with the bat and help in fetching some fantasy points.
Afghanistan are the favorites to win. The wicket in Sharjah is expected to be slow and spin-friendly. As a result, Scotland batters will have a hard time facing the Afghan spin trio of Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb-ur-Rahman.
Probable Playing XI
George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer (c), Matthew Cross (wk), Richie Berrington, Calum MacLeod, Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Josh Davey, Safyaan Sharif, Bradley Wheal
Mohammad Shahzad, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Karim Janat/Asghar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (c), Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Fareed Ahmad, Hamid Hassan
Wicketkeepers: Mohammad Shahzad, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Matthew Cross
Batters: Hazratullah Zazai, George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer
All-rounders: Mohammad Nabi, Richard Berrington, Chris Greaves
Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Safyaan Sharif, Josh Davey
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