AFG vs PAK – 2nd T20i Prediction 26 Mar 2023
On Sunday, the Sharjah Cricket Stadium will host the second game of the three-match T20I series between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
- In the first match, Afghanistan outperformed Pakistan, causing them to face a harsh reality check.
- The decision by the Pakistan Cricket Board to name a second-string squad could potentially backfire, as their batters seemed to struggle against the Afghan bowlers.
- Rashid Khan-led Afghanistan made an impressive start to the series, clinching a six-wicket victory in the first match and taking a 1-0 lead.
AFG vs PAK – 2nd T20I – Venue Details
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Date: March 26th 2023
Time: 20:00 (local)
AFG vs PAK – 2nd T20I – Team Previews
Pakistan will be seeking redemption in the second T20I against Afghanistan after their humiliating loss in the first match. This is Pakistan’s first-ever three-match T20I series against Afghanistan, and it got off to a rough start for them.
Despite winning the toss and opting to bat first, Pakistan’s batting line-up failed to deliver, scoring a meagre 92 runs before being bowled out. Fast bowler Ihsanullah, making his debut, impressed with his pace and took two wickets in his first over. Although Afghanistan lost some quick wickets during their chase, they were able to secure a six-wicket victory.
Pakistan will likely bring in Shan Masood and Iftikhar Ahmed for the second T20I to strengthen their batting order. Meanwhile, Ihsanullah’s impressive debut performance has made him a key player to watch out for as he can consistently bowl at speeds of 145 plus.
Afghanistan heads into the second T20I against Pakistan with their confidence high after registering their first-ever win over Pakistan in international cricket. One of the key players in the previous match was Mohammad Nabi, who made a significant impact by taking two wickets for 12 runs and scoring an unbeaten 38 off 38 balls during the chase.
Despite being reduced to 45 for four, Afghanistan was able to secure an easy victory thanks to Nabi and Najibullah Zadran’s crucial partnership of 53 runs for the fifth wicket.
With Fazalhaq Farooqi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Mohammad Nabi taking two wickets each, Afghanistan’s bowling attack proved to be too much for Pakistan’s batters. As Afghanistan looks to clinch their first-ever series victory against Pakistan, they are expected to field an unchanged team for the second T20I at Sharjah.
AFG vs PAK – 2nd T20I – Probable Playing XI’s
Afghanistan: Najibullah Zadran, Ibrahim Zadran, Azmatullah Omarzai, Karim Janat, Mohd Nabi, RH Gurbaz, Rashid Khan (Cap), Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Naveen-ul-Haq, GB Naib.
Pakistan: Saim Ayub, Mohd Haris, Abdullah Shafique, TY Tahir, Azam Khan, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan (Cap), F Ashraf, Naseem Shah, Zaman Khan, Ihsanullah.
AFG vs PAK – 2nd T20I – Pitch Report and Toss Prediction
Considering that the average first innings score at the venue is only 141 and 22 out of the 40 matches played at the venue have been won by the team batting first, we should expect a low-scoring game. This is especially true when we take into account the scores from the previous game.
AFG vs PAK – 2nd T20I – Match Prediction
Pakistan will not want to lose a series to Afghanistan in any format of the game and should be able to force a decider.