ENG vs AFG: Afghanistan playing XI vs England, Match 13, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 – Predicted
Afghanistan will face England in their next game in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 on Sunday.
It hasn’t been a start that Afghanistan would have hoped for in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 in India. After the end of the first two games, they are sitting at the bottom of the table. Afghanistan lost their opening game against Bangladesh by six wickets, and it was followed by an 8-wickets thrashing by Indians in Delhi.
Now they will have an even bigger challenge in front of them. Afghanistan are set to play against defending champions England on Sunday at the Arun Jaitely Stadium in Delhi. It will be hard for them to stop English batters in Delhi. We will talk about the predicted playing XI for Afghanistan in Delhi.
ENG vs AFG: Afghanistan’s Predicted playing XI vs England
1. Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk) :
The form of Rahmanullah Gurbaz is very important for the team’s success. He has scored 47 and 21 but hasn’t played a big innings at the top so far, and that is why Afghanistan have struggled. But he will look to make the most of the next innings and score a big hundred.
2. Ibrahim Zadran :
Ibrahim Zadran is another big player for Afghanistan at the top. He is also a consistent performer for Afghanistan and has been scoring runs. He has scored 44 runs in two innings but hasn’t gotten going yet. But he can be a player to watch out for because he has the tendency to score big centuries.
3. Rahmat Shah :
Rahmat Shah is an important wicket in this batting-line-up but has not clicked yet. The right-hander has been a match-winner on this team. He is one of the most experienced batters in this team, which is why he is part of this team. His team will hope that he can perform as per his stature and make an impact.
4. Hashmatullah Shahidi (c) :
Afghan captain, Hashmatullah Shahidi, was the top-scorer in the last game against India in Delhi. After starting the innings slowly, he picked up the pace and smashed an 88-ball 80, with eight fours and one six. He played some great shots and will gain confidence from that innings to do well against the defending champions at the same venue.
5. Najibullah Zadran :
Najibullah Zadran is a dasher in the middle-overs. He can take on spin and pace in any situation, which is why he will be a big wicket in this line-up. Zadran can be the most impactful player with the bat because he can play some quick cameos that can change the course of the game.
6. Azmatullah Omarzai :
Azmatullah Omarzai was promoted in the game against India and showed what he got with the bat. He smashed a quick 62 runs when his team was struggling. Omarzai can do something similar against England with the short boundaries. He is also a decent bowler and can bowl at a useful medium pace if required.
7. Mohammad Nabi :
The veteran all-rounder, Mohammad Nabi, will be the player to watch out for. He is a quality spinner who can bowl in any situation. But more than that, his team will need him to fire with the bat because, with the experience he has, Nabi can take on any bowling attack.
8. Rashid Khan :
Rashid Khan will be the player to watch out for against England. His role will become crucial with the bowl. He took both Indian wickets in the last game. Rashid has the ability to take wickets in the middle, and if he can succeed against England, he can restrict them from scoring big runs.
9. Mujeeb Ur Rahman :
Mujeeb Ur Rahman has performed below par so far, but he can be the bowler to watch out for against England. He bowls in the power-play and also in the middle, which gives the team a good balance. English batters have struggled against quality spin, and Mujeeb can certainly exploit that area.
10. Naveen-ul-Haq :
Naveen-ul-Haq has been the pick of the bowlers for his team in both games. Though he has picked up only one wicket, he is the only bowler with an economy of six runs per over. Naveen is a pretty smart bowler and showed great variety against India in the high-scoring game. He will look to use slower ones against England to deceive the batters.
11. Fazalhaq Farooqi :
Fazalhaq Farooqi suffered a thrashing in the last game against India. Rohit Sharma took him apart but he is more capable enough to bounce back. The left-arm pacer must have learn from the mistake he made against India and will look to rectify it against England. He will be the key player for his team and can take some early wickets with the new ball to put pressure on England in the power-play.