We are at the business end of the tournament, Australia will go up against Afghanistan in the 38th match of the T20 World Cup 2022 in Adelaide. Australia have 5 points from 4 games so far and is stationed at the third position in Group 1 points table due to their negative net run rate.
Their game against England was abandoned due to rain but they went on to get brilliant wins against Sri Lanka and Ireland. Aaron Finch and Tim David had hamstring issues in their previous game and are yet to get a green signal. David Warner needs to step up with the bat and will be crucial in taking Australia off to a good start in the powerplay.
Marcus Stoinis too was injured but has recovered and is fit to play this encounter. It’s not just a must-win game for Australia but they also need to win it by a good margin to stay alive in the tournament.
Afghanistan has been one of the most unfortunate teams of this T20 World Cup so far. They have only two points under their name and both of them are due to washed-outs against New Zealand and Ireland. They lost their first game against England despite a valiant effort in a low-scoring encounter. In their last game, Afghanistan suffered a defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka, which knocked them out of the hunt for Semis. Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Mujeeb Ur Rahman will be key for the team’s prospects against the Aussies.
Hazratullah Zazai has been ruled out of the tournament and Gulbadin Naib has replaced him in the squad. Rashid Khan is also out injured and will be replaced by Qais Ahmed.
AUS vs AFG: Head-to-Head:
Australia and Afghanistan are yet to feature against each other in T20Is, this will be their first encounter in the shortest format.
AUS vs AFG: Pitch Report
Adelaide Oval has a batting-friendly surface with the average first innings score above 150 runs. There will be some lateral movement on offer for the fast bowlers and spinners could prove to be handy in the middle over. The team batting first will look to bat first and set a total on the board.
AUS vs AFG: Squads:
Afghanistan: Mohammad Nabi (c), Najibullah Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Azmatullah Omarzai, Darwish Rasooli, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Ibrahim Zadran, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Naveen ul Haq, Qais Ahmad, Rashid Khan, Salim Safi, Usman Ghani, Gulbadin Naib.
Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Tim David, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.