T20 world cup 2021 Pak vs Afg: After two consecutive victories, Pakistan will try to take a hat-trick of victory against Afghanistan.
The skills and maturity of Afghanistan’s impressive batsmen will be put to the test in Group 2 of the Super 12 of the T20 World Cup in the face of a strong Pakistan bowling attack buoyed by two successive victories here on Friday.
Wins over India and New Zealand have boosted Pakistan’s morale but there has been a sudden change in their performance which Afghanistan can take advantage of.
The Babar Azam-led side will certainly start as the winning contenders in the match but Afghanistan cannot be taken lightly.
Afghanistan is capable of challenging any team in the presence of batsmen and world-class spinners.
Afghanistan’s batsmen dominated Scot’s bowlers in the previous match with their powerful shots but now they face an attack which is considered to be the most dangerous in the competition.
Afghanistan batsmen cannot play bad shots in front of Pakistan bowlers, but they have to bat carefully.
If Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, and Najibullah Zadran are adept at hitting shots all around the field.
Then world-class spinners like Rashid Khan and Mujeeb-ur Rahman make Afghanistan a very balanced team.
For Afghanistan, winning the toss and batting first would be the best option as Rashid and Mujeeb have the ability to curb even the best batsmen in the world.
After that, the batsmen can strategize according to the conditions.
They don’t lack the spirit but they don’t have the experience to handle the pressure of big matches.
The way Shaheen Shah Afridi, Hasan Ali, and Harris Rauf have troubled the batsmen so far, it can be said that Afghanistan’s batsmen will be tested hard against this trio of Pakistan’s fast bowling.
Apart from this, experienced off-spinners Muhammad Hafeez, Imad Wasim, and Shadab Khan in Pakistan’s spin department have made the challenge very tough for Afghanistan.
In such a situation, if Afghanistan has to win the match, then its bowlers will have to put pressure on the Pakistani batsmen.
Captain Azam and Muhammad Rizwan have played a good role in Pakistan’s top order so far.
A third successive win will boost Pakistan’s hopes of reaching the semi-finals as they will then face relatively weaker teams like Scotland and Namibia.