Afghanistan Vs Scotland, Match Preview
Scotland are finally in the Super 12s. They played some spirited Cricket in the first round, and succeeded only to find tougher challenges ahead. Afghanistan know how Scotland feel. They have also experienced the feel of rising through the ranks only to face tougher sides. Afghanistan is an inspiration for many associates as they managed to rise through the ranks very quickly.
Afghanistan is primed as the favorites for the contest. They have some of the best bowlers in the World, but the batting line-up is a concern. Ahead of them are Scotland, who are living the associate journey which Afghanistan got through recently. They have momentum on their side, and there has been some spirited performances from Scotland. They will be keen to make a statement in the World Cup, and look very balanced.
Afghanistan Vs Scotland, Team News
In Mohammad Shahzad, and Hazruthullah Zazai make a strong opening pair. They were devastating in the warm-up games, but beyond them the batting looks a little light. They have Nabi, and some other big names in the middle, but the top-order will be heavily relied upon. The bowling attack looks fixed with three spinners.
Scotland have had new heroes each game, and the team looks well rounded. The side could come unchanged from the one used in the first round.
Afghanistan Vs Scotland, Predicted XIs
Afghanistan (probable): 1 Hazratullah Zazai, 2 Mohammad Shahzad (wk), 3 Rahmanullah Gurbaz, 4 Najibullah Zadran, 5 Asghar Afghan, 6 Mohammad Nabi (capt), 7 Karim Janat, 8 Gulbadin Naib, 9 Rashid Khan, 10 Mujeeb Ur Rahman, 11 Naveen ul Haq
Scotland (probable): 1 George Munsey, 2 Kyle Coetzer (capt), 3 Matthew Cross (wk), 4 Richie Berrington, 5 Calum MacLeod, 6 Michael Leask, 7 Chris Greaves, 8 Mark Watt, 9 Josh Davey, 10 Safyaan Sharif, 11 Brad Wheal
Afghanistan Vs Scotland, Players to Watch out for
Rashid Khan is one of the best T20 bowlers around the World. He is the most sought after Cricketer, but the star leg-spinner has struggled with his share of problems of late. Khan stepped down from captaincy moments after the squad was announced, and there was some chaos briefly. He is in good form, and will want to put all the negativity behind him once the game begins.
Davey has been pretty handy with the ball in the tournament. He is controlling the scoring rate, and has also picked up key wickets. He has had a slow start to his career, back in 2010, but is finally picking up. With Afghanistan reliant on their top-order, his overs are crucial to break Afghanistan’s back bone.
Afghanistan Vs Scotland, Pitch Report
The Sharjah surface was slow during the first round and IPL. However, things seem to look a little different now. The game between Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh saw a better surface, helping batters more. There is a little more bounce and carry. Dew will be factor, and with the small boundaries, batting second is the better choice.