T20 World Cup 2021 Match 24, Afghanistan vs Pakistan: Preview, Probable XIs, match prediction, live streaming, weather forecast, and pitch report

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T20 World Cup 2021, Afghanistan vs Pakistan: Effervescent Pakistan will take on a ferocious Afghan clan in another nerve triggering clash today in match 24 of the T20 World Cup 2021 at the grounds of Dubai.

Brimming with confidence after two consecutive wins, Pakistan’s sharp bowling attack will test the patience & capability of Afghanistan’s big hitters when both teams come into a face-off today at Dubai International Cricket stadium. The ‘men in Green’ has emerged stronger in the ongoing tournament after registering two stunning wins over India & New Zealand however the unpredictability factor that haunts this bunch of spirited cricketers is something from which the Afghan clash could take benefit. But after registering exemplary wins over two of the best teams of World Cricket, Pakistan will head into this clash as one of the favorites. However, you cannot underestimate the power of Afghanistan’s clan who has registered the highest margin victory over Scotland in their previous clash.

Currently boasting their highest NRR in the marquee event, the interesting combination of powerful strikers & top-class spinners make Afghanistan a team to beat in the ongoing tournament. Their batters need to play with caution & aggression against Pakistan’s lethal bowling attack.

While their big guns Hazartullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, and Najibullah Zadran have the power to smash the ball all-round the stadium, their vicious world-class spinners Rashid Khan and Mujeeb-Ur Rahman possess the capability of rattling their opponents batting line-up right from the word go. Not to forget Afghanistan is currently the team with the highest NRR on the T20 World Cup 2021 Points Table. Looking at the strength & records of both the teams we cant expect a cutthroat contest today at Dubai Cricket Stadium.

Bowling first would be the best option for Afghanistan’s squad as they comprise Rashid & Rahman who have the ability to rattle even the world’s best batters within a matter of few minutes. However, their batters lack experience in handling high-pressure matches & Pakistan’s bowlers could capitalize on this point to keep Afghanistan batters at bay in today’s clash. The way pacers Shahin Afridi, Hasan Ali, and Haris Rauf have troubled the batters thus far, it would be very difficult for Afghan batters to stay calm & pile up runs in this crunch fixture. On top of that, the experience of off-spinner Mohammed Hafeez and the artifice of Imad Wasim & Shadab Khan is enough to make Pakistan’s bowling attack more deadly for Afghanistan’s batters to deal with it.

Looking at the strengths & weaknesses of both the teams, Afghanistan’s world-class spinners should exert pressure on Pakistan’s batters if they want to end up at winning terms in today’s clash. On the other hand, if Pakistan wants to dominate the furious Afghan clan then they need to deliver ace their game with the bat. Their in-from top order comprising Babar Azam & Mohammad Rizwan who are in good form needs to step up & perform.

If the top order fails to create a mark with the bat then the onus will be on Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Hafeez to glide their team to a respectable total in front of brunt Pakistan’s clan. If Pakistan manages to clinch this match then their chances to qualify for the knockout stage would be double as from this group they will have to face Scotland & Namibia who doesn’t seem to be a threat for the ‘men in Green’.

On the other hand, the belligerent Aghanistan squad will walk into this clash with high confidence following their highest margin win over Scotland. They are in the best of their form & will surely try to capitalize on their previous win against Pakistan in today’s clash.

Whether ‘men in Green’ will be able to continue its exemplary performance or Afghanistan would smash Pakistan’s squad? All the questions will be answered today on the field at the Dubai Cricket Ground.

Match Details

Match: T20 World Cup 2021, Match 24, Afghanistan vs Pakistan

Date & Time: October 29, 2021; 7:30 PM.

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

 Pitch Report

Pacers would enjoy bowling on this pitch early during the innings as the pitch will offer extra swing & bounce. Thus batters will have to score runs cautiously during their innings on this bouncy pitch.

Weather Forecast

A clear day is on the cards, so a full game of 40 overs without interruptions can be expected.

Probable XIs

Afghanistan

Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Asghar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Mohammad Nabi (c), Rashid Khan, Gulbadin Naib, Naveen-ul-Haq and Mujeeb ur Rehman.

Pakistan

Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, and Haris Rauf.

Match Prediction

Both the teams will march into this clash on the back of scintillating wins. Pakistan has clinched two wins from two matches they have played while Afghanistan has clinched one game they have played so far. Both the teams look competent consisting of a strong line-up thus team performing well will win this game.

Prediction: Pakistan to win the game.

TV and live streaming details

TV: Star Sports Network.

Live Streaming: Disney+ Hotstar

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