England vs Afghanistan – While the Trans Tasmanian rivalry will dominate the first day of the Super 12, Perth will see a nearly one-sided contest. Fans may believe it is unfair to label the match as one-sided because the Afghanistan squad contains some extremely talented players.
In the recent Asia Cup, Afghanistan held Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to a low total and easily chased it down. They did the same during their previous tour to Zimbabwe, where they won the T20I series 3-0.
A lot is riding on Afghanistan’s bowlers as they take on the mighty English batting order. England’s batting lineup is deep, with many big-hitting and in-form batters.
Afghanistan will play their first T20I in Perth, where England scored 208 runs batting first earlier this month. As a result, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman will play critical roles in putting the opposition on the back foot.
The Super 12 Group 1, 14th Match between England vs Afghanistan will take place on October 22, 2022 at Perth Stadium, Perth.
Match Details to Note
Match: England vs Afghanistan, 14th Match, Super 12 Group 1, ICC Mens T20 World Cup 2022
Date: October 22, 2022 (Saturday)
Time: 4:30 PM IST
Venue: Perth Stadium, Perth
A 3-4 series win in Pakistan, followed by a 2-0 win in Australia, has given England the upper hand. They also defeated Pakistan in a warm-up match, chasing down 163 runs in just 15 overs.
With their significant contributions in the run chase, Harry Brook and Sam Curran demonstrated how valuable they can be lower down the order. England’s opening pair of Jos Buttler and Alex Hales is ideal. On their best day, the two can win the game in the powerplay.
If England decides to chase against Afghanistan, the top order can put them on top early in the innings. The middle order, which includes Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, and Liam Livingstone, is also composed of dependable and experienced T20 batters.
If Livingstone gets going, he could be another match-winner for England. Lower down the order, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, and David Willey can all score quick runs. Moeen Ali, on the other hand, is a big name in the lower middle order. The batting all-rounder has a knack for hitting sixes and adds to England’s batting lineup’s strength.
Keep an eye out for Sam Curran, Willey, and Mark Wood to make a ball impact. Buttler can experiment with his bowling attack thanks to the all-rounders in the side.
Jos Buttler(w/c), Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Tymal Mills, Philip Salt, Harry Brook
Players to watch out for:
The right-handed opener, wicketkeeper, and captain has a lot on his plate. He is, however, a very calm character with a top score of 101 in this format.
Moeen Ali was England’s captain for the seven-match series against Pakistan. He stood out with his late-inning clean hitting.
The right-arm fast bowler will be one of the tournament’s quickest bowlers. In his last three T20Is, he has taken nine wickets.
Possible Playing XI:
Jos Buttler (c & wk), Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, David Willey, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Mohammad Nabi appears to be in great form with the bat ahead of the Super 12. The captain has a wealth of experience and will play an important role. Nabi has also played plenty of T20 cricket in England, where he was a match-finisher for Kent on numerous occasions.
Afghanistan’s innings will be opened by Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Hazratullah Zazai. Zazai hasn’t been in the best of form recently, and he struggled to play his strokes freely even during the Asia Cup.
He and his partner Gurbaz struggled to get going in both warm-up matches. The players in the lower order who can deliver quick runs are a plus for Afghanistan ahead of this match.
Mohammad Nabi and Usman Ghani are Afghanistan’s key players at 6 and 7, respectively, while Rashid Khan can come in at number 8 and deliver a few quick sixes. So there is a lot of potential for finishing the innings on a high note or successfully chasing down a total.
However, Afghanistan also requires partnerships at the top or middle of the food chain. They can’t always count on the lower order to step up and get them to a par total.
Middle order players to keep an eye on include Darwish Rasooli and Najibullah Zadran. The bowling attack will be led by Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Naveen-ul-Haq.
Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz(w), Ibrahim Zadran, Darwish Rasooli, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi(c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Usman Ghani, Qais Ahmad, Mohammad Saleem Safi
Players to watch out for:
In the 2022 Asia Cup, the keeper-batter scored 84 runs off 45 balls against the eventual champions. He is a natural offensive player.
The veteran all-rounder and captain has 83 T20I wickets to his name, as well as four half-centuries in this format.
During the 2021 T20 World Cup, the leg-spinner took eight wickets, including figures of 4-9 against Scotland.
Possible Playing XI:
Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (c), Darwish Rasooli, Rashid Khan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Usman Ghani
England vs Afghanistan Top Team Batsmen
With the bat, we support England’s Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, and Dawid Malan. In T20Is, Hales has one century and ten fifties.
Our batting picks for Afghanistan are Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Usman Ghani, and Ibrahim Zadran. Ghani hit 44 not out in the final T20I against Ireland and 32 not out in a warm-up game against Pakistan on Wednesday.
England vs Afghanistan Top Team Bowlers
Our England bowling picks are Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, and Sam Curran. Curran took 2-35 in England’s win over Australia earlier this month at Perth Stadium.
For Afghanistan, we recommend Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Qais Ahmad. In T20Is, off-spinner Rahman averages 16.57 wickets per game.
England vs Afghanistan Head to Head
This will be the third T20I meeting between these two teams, with England winning the first two. Afghanistan was defeated by 15 runs in the most recent match in 2016.
England vs Afghanistan Head to Head Stats in T20s
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England vs Afghanistan Toss Prediction
Batting first teams have won 13 of the 21 domestic T20s held at this venue. England successfully defended a 208-run total in their previous T20I match at this venue. If either team wins the toss, they will be eager to bat first and put up a competitive total.
England vs Afghanistan Pitch Report
At Perth Stadium, the average first-inning score is 167 runs. In 21 matches, teams have scored more than 170 runs 13 times. We can anticipate a high-scoring game featuring some of the best power-hitting batters on both teams.
The pitch at Perth Stadium has excellent bounce and pace, making it ideal for both batters and fast bowlers. Pacers can enjoy the bounce off the pitch in the early overs, while batters can play their strokes freely and score runs with ease later on. On match day, the weather will be mostly sunny with a high of 23 degrees Celsius.
England vs Afghanistan Prediction
England’s overall T20 setup is strong, with all of their best players in the squad. England has it all, from all-rounders to big-hitting openers and match-finishers. The opposition, on the other hand, has some promising bowling attack players. And their out-of-form top batters will most likely benefit from the pitching conditions at this venue. While we expect Afghanistan to put up a good fight, England will be our match prediction favorite. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
England is the favourite to beat Afghanistan at the odds of 1.13.
England vs Afghanistan Most Recommended Player for Bet:
Jos Buttler shone in the T20I series against Australia last month. He attacked all bowlers from the start and is our pick to be England’s leading run-scorer against Afghanistan. We believe Jos Buttler will hit the most sixes in this match.