The action swiftly shifts to Group B in the 20-20 World Cup as Afghanistan begin their campaign against in-form Scotland on Monday (October 25). Afghanistan had to go through a lot ever since the Taliban swept to power yet the team shut the outside noise and did well to beat a top team like West Indies in the warm-up game.
Skipper Mohammad Nabi shone brightly with the ball and gave away just two runs in his four overs. The all-rounder also picked three wickets and supported the batters well to thump West Indies by 56 runs. That victory has given the team the confidence to do well against top teams. Also playing in the UAE would help them as they have played most of their cricket on such low and slow wickets
Apart from that, the batting looks good with batters Mohammad Shehzad and Hazratullah Zazai demonstrating their hitting abilities against West Indies. So the team looks solid but they can’t take Scotland lightly.
The team breezed past their opponents in Qualifiers with relative ease and have surprised the onlookers. Their upset victory over Bangladesh was by far their best performance. All-rounder Chris Greaves has been the real X factor player and has made an impact in three games.
All-rounder Richie Berrington also brings a vast amount of experience with the bat and ball. He also scores his runs and at a brisk strike rate and would be a key batter at the top along with skipper Kyle Coetzer. Scotland have so far been impressive and will look to keep up with the same momentum going ahead.
The match will take place at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, where of late batting has not been easy. Considering Afghanistan have good spinners, Scotland might want to bat first.
The forecast predicted for October 25 is sunny and the temperature would hover between 32 to 33 degrees Celsius.
Playing Combination Afghanistan
Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Karim Janat, Asghar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (c), Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq
Playing Combination Scotland
George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer (c), Matthew Cross (wk), Richie Berrington, Calum MacLeod, Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Josh Davey, Safyaan Sharif, Bradley Wheal
Matches- 6, Afghanistan – 6, Scotland – 0, N/R- 0
Afghanistan vs Scotland Broadcast Details
Match Timings – 07:30 PM IST
TV – Star Sports Network
Live Streaming – Disney+Hotstar