Australia vs Afghanistan: In an attempt to guarantee a semi-final position, Australia will play an Afghanistan team that is riding high. With just Bangladesh and England eliminated, there is a wide-open competition for the final two slots in the top 4.
Six teams are vying for the last two spots in the World Cup semi-finals. Afghanistan would maintain the race and strengthen its stand with a victory. At a batting paradise in Wankhede, Hashmatullah Shahidi will support his men in giving it their all against the past champs.
While captain Hashmat has gone undefeated in the previous three victories and amassed two half-centuries, Rahmatullah Shah has scored three straight fifties.
With Warner in excellent form at the top and Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne also finding their rhythm in the middle order, Australia has a strong batting lineup.
Furthermore, Australians are far more dangerous in this game since Glenn Maxwell is probably available.
The 39th ODI match between Australia vs Afghanistan will take place on November 7th, 2023, at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai City, India.
Match Details to Note:
Match: Australia vs Afghanistan, 39th ODI
Date: November 7th, 2023 (Tuesday)
Time: 02:00 PM IST
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai City, India.
Australia lost their opening two games of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, which put them in the bottom three. Since then, they have recovered remarkably, winning 5 straight games. The five-time world champions would guarantee their semi-final position with a victory here.
In the most recent game, Pat Cummins demonstrated why he is the greatest candidate for captain across all forms by leading his team to a 33-run victory over England. When it comes to bowling, he has done a fantastic job of leading from the front.
He has been bowling with a really accurate approach. Going further in the competition, the Australians are quite promising, and the favorites should be wary of them.
Based on individual performances, their hitting has appeared a little erratic in the past few games.
Nevertheless, Australia is strong overall, covering all the bases when it comes to hitting. This team has plenty of trustworthy match-winners at every batting position.
At the Wankhede in Mumbai, on a batting-friendly field, they should be looking to dominate the Afghanistan bowling attack with Glenn Maxwell back in the lineup.
Pat Cummins (c), Steve Smith, Alex Carey, Josh Inglis, Sean Abbott, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitch Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc.
Players to watch out for:
Warner is in great form in the tournament, and though he failed to score runs in the previous match, Wankhede will be his stage to make a comeback. It is expected that he will give a fiery start to the Australian batting lineup.
Zampa single-handedly destroyed English batting and helped Australia reach the third position in the table. He took three wickets in the game with an economy of just 2.10 in 10 overs. He might be the game-changer in Australia vs Afghanistan.
Possible Playing XI:
David Warner, Travis Head, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
Afghanistan should be happy with how their World Cup campaign is going thus far. They had only won once in their previous two World Cups coming here, but they have since defeated Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and England.
Taking on Australia will not be easy but it is not impossible. The Wankhede pitch is excellent and becomes even more so when the due come into action at night.
Therefore, it is safe to conclude that Afghanistan is likely to encounter its most difficult World Cup test to date in 2023. Notwithstanding this, we also cannot undervalue Afghanistan’s batting prowess. This World Cup is full of upsets.
Their openers were good, and their middle-order has been incredibly reliable. Afghanistan might perhaps reach a competitive total if it can successfully withstand the first powerplay against the Australian pace attack, which is known for its ball movements.
The batsmen were outstanding even up against a potent Indian bowling attack, and they were even more so when they had to chase 283 against Pakistan. In order to lay the groundwork for the middle order to build upon in the middle overs, Rahmanullah Gurbaz will be essential at the top of the order.
Although this team has a lot of effective spin bowling options, the opposition has Warner, who in ODIs averages over 100 against spinners. The bowlers will have a difficult task to put Australia on the defensive approach.
Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Alikhil, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Abdul Rahman, Naveen ul Haq.
Players to watch out for:
The Afghan batsmen were outstanding even up against a potent Indian bowling attack, and they were even more so when they had to chase 283 against Pakistan. In order to lay the groundwork for the middle order to build upon in the middle overs, Rahmanullah Gurbaz will be essential at the top of the order.
Noor Ahmed is performing in every match for the team. In the last match, he took 2 wickets at an economy of 3.44. He will be the player to watch out for in Australia vs Afghanistan.
Possible Playing XI:
Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Ikram Alikhil (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Noor Ahmad
Australia vs Afghanistan Head-To-Head:
Australia vs Afghanistan have played each other twice in the ICC ODI World Cup. Throughout these two matches, Australia has won twice while Afghanistan has won none.
Australia vs Afghanistan Toss Prediction:
When playing at Wankhede, this should be obvious. The traditional adage that most teams have adhered to when playing here is to win the toss, and bowl first. On this field, even a 300+ score can be chased down, particularly in a day-night match where the due is helping the hitters.
Australia vs Afghanistan Pitch Report:
The hard-leveled surface provides consistent bounce and tempo. On this surface, batters can play pull shots flawlessly. Considering the size of the ground, they also stand a high chance of easily clearing the boundary. There will be a lot of cloud cover and a high temperature of 34 degrees Celsius.
Australia vs Afghanistan Match Report:
With consecutive wins, Australia and Afghanistan are both riding high. But given their general strength going into this game, the Australians will have an advantage. They are a considerably superior side in comparison because of their main players’ batting averages against spin and their pacers’ ability to swing the new ball and execute yorkers at the end of the innings. Our match prediction is that Australia will start as the obvious favorite.
Australia is predicted to win the match Australia vs Afghanistan at the odds of 1.18
Australia vs Afghanistan Most Recommended Player to Bet:
Warner is in great form in the tournament, and though he failed to score runs in the previous match, Wankhede will be his stage to make a comeback. It is expected that he will give a fiery start to the Australian batting lineup. He will be the most recommended player to bet for in Australia vs Afghanistan.