A confident Afghanistan will take on UAE in the Super Six clash at Harare on Friday. Afghanistan have posted a morale-boosting win over West Indies by three wickets in the last clash. And they would start favourites when they take on UAE in the Super Six clash at Harare on Tuesday. Cricwizz takes a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the two teams ahead of the Afghanistan vs UAE clash on Tuesday.
Spin combination: Afghan fielded four spinners in the clash against West Indies and they conceded 138 in 39 overs. Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb Zadran, Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan were the architects of the win. They would look to again play to their strengths and rout UAE to move closer to their dream of securing a 2019 World Cup berth.
Batting firepower: Afghanistan are blessed with batting powerhouses in Mohammad Shahzad, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammd Nabi. Rahmat Shah played a crucial knock of 68 to help Afghanistan beat West Indies by three wickets. Afghanistan batting is slowly coming in top form.
Inconsistent batting: Afghanistan had few defeats due to their inconsistent batting. Mohammad Shahzad and Javed Ahmadi are yet to fire in the tournament. The pressure is on middle-order to bail the team out on every occasion. As the tournament progresses to the business end, Afghanistan batting needs to be on top form to keep alive their hopes of making it to 2019 World Cup.
Batting might: UAE have few batting superpowers in skipper Rohan Mustafa who is also the in-form batsman for them. Apart from Mustafa, UAE have Ashfaq Ahmed, Rameez Shahzad who struck a brilliant 112* in a losing cause, Shaiman Anwar and others. It will be more of a clash between UAE batting and Afghanistan bowling.
Bowling lacks consistency: UAE bowling has been excellent in one game and mediocre in the next. Mohammad Naveed took 5/28 in the game against PNG to bowl the opposition out for 113. But they have also conceded 300-plus twice in the tournament. Hence, UAE need to lift their bowling performance to give a strong fight to Afghanistan.
Prediction: Afghanistan will start favourites in the clash against UAE. Afghanistan have found new hope after making it to the Super Six miraculously. Our vote goes to Afghanistan.
Possible winner: Afghanistan