Finally, Zimbabwe won their first match of the tour by beating Afghanistan by 154 runs in the 2nd ODI. It was Brendan Taylor who scored a magnificent century and took the team’s total to 333 in 50 overs. Afghanistan had no chance as their batting collapsed at just 179 runs. The series is now levelled at 1-1 with 3 more games to go. Both the sides would be at their best to win the series. Let’s see the strengths of both the teams for the 3rd ODI:
Form of Rahmat and Nabi – Both these players are playing exceptionally well for their country these days. A superb century from Rahmat in the past and Nabi’s never-ending all-round performance is a big plus for the side.
Rashid Khan: Best in the worst – Though Afghanistan spent 333 runs in the previous game, Khan’s bowling was still on the top with the figures of 36 for 2 in 10 overs. With the days are passing, he is getting better and better.
Taylor’s sublime form – Brendan Taylor hit a tremendous knock of 125 in the previous match. His solid form is an advantage for the Zimbabweans and if he could continue in the remaining matches then the series can go their way.
Sikandar Raza: ‘A Real Sikandar’ – He also came back in form with stupendous innings of 92 off 74 balls. If Zimbabwe want to clinch the series, then his solid form would be crucial throughout.
Cricwizz Prediction: Afghanistan can make a comeback in the series as they must be aware of Zimbabwe’s weaknesses till now.
Who will win?
- Afghanistan (74%, 42 Votes)
- Zimbabwe (26%, 15 Votes)
Total Voters: 57
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