Afghanistan Tour of UAE 2023: UAE vs Afghanistan – 2nd T20I Preview and Updates

Afghanistan has taken an early lead in the three-match series, defeating hosts UAE by 5 wickets in the first game. The Afghans didn’t put on as good a show as they would have liked, with their batsmen struggling in the run chase. The visitors will want to go for the kill and win the series in two games straight.

Afghanistan has a strong record against the United Arab Emirates. They have only ever lost to them once before. The conditions are ideal for their spinners, which is a significant advantage for the side. The United Arab Emirates will need to put the loss behind them and focus on this game.

The 2nd T20I between UAE vs Afghanistan will take place on February 18th, 2023 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.

Match Details to Note

Match: UAE vs Afghanistan, 2nd T20I, Afghanistan Tour of UAE 2023

Date: February 18, 2023 (Saturday)                                            

Time: 7:30 PM IST

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

UAE vs Afghanistan

UAE vs Afghanistan

UAE (Match Odds – 5.70):


The team of Chundangapoyil Rizwan had chances in the previous game. They got off to a good start with the bat but were unable to put up a big total. The UAE captain will be pleased with his bowlers’ performance in the previous game. Rizwan will want his players to play aggressively and level the series with their backs against the wall.

Muhammad Waseem and Vriitya Aravind performed admirably in the previous game. The team will need a strong performance from them. Chundangapoyil Rizwan is a seasoned player who will need to anchor the innings alongside Basil Hameed and Rohan Mustafa in the middle order. The team will also value a strong performance from Aayan Afzal Khan and Zawar Farid near the end of the innings.

The bowlers caused problems for the Afghans in the previous game, and the new ball pair of Sanchit Sharma and Junaid Siddique will have to bowl tight spells. The side will rely on Zahoor Khan, Muhammad Jawadullah, and Afzan Khan to perform well in the middle overs. Mustafa and Farid spice up this bowling attack.

Full Squad:

Vriitya Aravind(w), Muhammad Waseem, Chundangapoyil Rizwan(c), Basil Hameed, Rohan Mustafa, Aayan Afzal Khan, Zawar Farid, Sanchit Sharma, Junaid Siddique, Zahoor Khan, Muhammad Jawadullah, Akif Raja, Ansh Tandon, Karthik Meiyappan, Alishan Sharafu, Fahad Nawaz

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Possible Playing XI:

Chundangapoyil Rizwan (c), Muhammad Waseem, Vriitya Aravind (wk), Rohan Mustafa, Basil Hameed, Aayan Afzal Khan, Zawar Farid, Sanchit Sharma, Junaid Siddique, Zahoor Khan, Muhammad Jawadullah

Afghanistan (Match Odds – 1.14):


Rashid Khan will be pleased with the first-game victory, but the Afghan captain would have preferred a better performance from his batsmen. In the previous game, they struggled to rotate the strike zone and score runs. The bowlers did an outstanding job on a spin-friendly surface, and he is looking forward to winning the series in two games in a row.

Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Hazratullah Zazai, who missed the previous game, will look to score runs here. Ibrahim Zadran struggled as well, and he will need to score runs in the middle order alongside Afsar Zazai and Karim Janat, who both performed well in the previous game. The team bats deep, and they can expect Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, and Azmatullah Omarzai to score runs.

The Afghans put on a good showing with the ball in the previous game, and the team will look for early strikes from Fazalhaq Farooqi and Azmatullah Omarzai. Rashid and Mujeeb ur Rahman will take advantage of the conditions and try to trouble the Emirati batters. Naveen-ul-Haq and Janat round out the team’s strong attack.

Full Squad:

Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Afsar Zazai(w), Karim Janat, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan(c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Gulbadin Naib, Rahmat Shah, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Zahir Khan, Nijat Masood, Noor Ahmad

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Possible Playing XI:

Rashid Khan (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Afsar Zazai (wk), Karim Janat, Azmatullah Omarzai, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

UAE vs Afghanistan Top Team Batsmen

Our top batting picks for the UAE are Muhammad Waseem, Vriitya Aravind, and captain Chundangapoyil Rizwan. They have consistently scored runs for their team and appear to be in good form lately. The trio piled up the majority of the runs for their team in the first game, allowing UAE to reach a respectable total.

Our top batting picks for Afghanistan are Karim Janat, Afsar Zazai, and Najibullah Zadran. The trio is known for their explosive strike rates and ability to shift gears late in the game. These batters are battle-tested and have delivered for their team in a variety of high-pressure situations. Furthermore, their T20 statistics are far superior to those of their UAE counterparts.

UAE vs Afghanistan Top Team Bowlers

Our top bowling picks from the UAE squad are Zahoor Khan, Junaid Siddique, and Muhammad Jawadullah. They demonstrated their bowling abilities in the previous game, keeping the Afghan batters at bay. Siddique bowled exceptionally well and struck two crucial blows in the powerplay overs to put Afghanistan in trouble. Before Karim Janat stole the show, Zahoor and Jawadullah both got timely wickets.

Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Azmatullah Omarzai are without a doubt our top bowling picks from Afghanistan. Omarzai bowled at a quick pace, putting significant pressure on the UAE batsmen with his impeccable line and length. He was eventually rewarded for his tight bowling with a well-deserved wicket. His figures of 1/16 in 3 overs prevented UAE from running away with the game. Rashid Khan’s two consecutive wickets in the 15th over changed the course of the game, allowing Afghanistan to restrict UAE to a score below par. Mujeeb went wicketless but bowled with a tight economy of 6.33 RPO, preventing UAE batters from freeing their arms.

UAE vs Afghanistan Head to Head

Both teams have clashed six times, with Afghanistan thrashing UAE left and right five times. Though Rohan Mustafa’s magic with the ball helped UAE sneak in with a lucky win on one occasion, they need many more players to step up and counter Afghan aggression.

UAE vs Afghanistan Head to Head Stats in T20s

Matches Played UAE Won AFG Won Tie NR
Overall 6 1 5 0 0

UAE vs Afghanistan Toss Prediction

Few teams have won games while defending totals at this venue. It’s not the easiest track to bat on early in the game. Both captains will consider this at the toss, and the winner will most likely choose to bowl first on this wicket.

UAE vs Afghanistan Pitch Report

The Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi is a large venue, but the lightning-fast outfield helps batsmen play their strokes. With nothing on the surface, it is a difficult venue for fast bowlers. Spinners have had success here because the ball turns sharply.

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There will be some clouds over Abu Dhabi on February 18, but they will have no effect on the game. The track has been slightly slower in recent games, so batsmen must be cautious on this surface and become accustomed to the conditions. The team that bats first in this game will try to score 180 runs.

UAE vs Afghanistan Prediction

The United Arab Emirates got off to a shaky start in the series. Their batsmen failed to accelerate the score and were unable to break the tie in the final game. They must bat more freely in order to score runs and put Afghanistan under pressure. Afghans have a strong spin-bowling attack and a good record at this venue. It will put them ahead of the United Arab Emirates. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!

Afghanistan is the favourite to beat UAE at the odds of 1.14.

UAE vs Afghanistan Most Recommended Player for Bet:

Rashid Khan, Afghanistan’s captain, bowled very well, with figures of 2/34 in his four overs preventing UAE from accelerating through the middle overs. Our top pick for Afghanistan’s top wicket-taker against the UAE is the leggie.

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