(Match Preview, Playing XI, H2H Record, Ground Stats, Weather Report, Pitch Report and Match Prediction)
Match Preview : (By-Vishnu)
Hello and welcome to the match preview of the 2nd ODI between Zimbabwe and Afghanistan which will be played in Harare Sports Club on 6th June.
Afghanistan won the 1st rubber couple of days ago. The game was a complete team effort from AFG however they will want their opening batsman to score more runs. The veteran Rahmat Shah and the captain Shahidi played lovely knocks with Rashid also playing a blinder in death . The bowlers did a remarkable job (especially Nabi) to restrict the hosts to 216 runs . All the bowlers bowled well but Afghanistan will want their premier spinner Mujeeb to deliver a better performance. Afghanistan will be looking to clinch the series in the upcoming match. In order to do this the team will once again have to give a good performance.
On the other hand, Zimbabwe started very well in the first ODI yet they lost it. It was the bowlers who gave them early strikes but the partnership between the two veteran Afghani batsman took the game away from them. Muzarbani bowled a lovely spell with other bowlers playing their part too but they gave more runs in the death thus allowing the opponent to post a winning total. Despite an early wicket in their innings, Zimbabwe stabled themselves with a 61-run 2nd wicket partnership. But, the middle order was completely derailed by the Afghani spinners therefore taking the game away from them. Raza was the lone warrior with a 67 runs innings yet they lost the match. Zimbabwe will be looking to deliver a much more better performance from both the departments as the second ODI will be a do or die match for them.
Afghanistan Squad : Hashmatullah Shahidi (C), Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Rahmat Shah, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Alikhil(WK), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Azmatullah Omarzai, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rashid Khan, Shahidullah Kamal, Yamin Ahmadzai and Zia-ur-Rehman
Zimbabwe Squad : Craig Ervine (C),Dion Myers, Milton Shumba, Ryan Burl, Takudzwanashe Kaitano, Wesley Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva (WK), Clive Madande(WK),Tendai Chatara, Tanaka Chivanga, Luke Jongwe, Blessing Muzarabani, Ainsley Ndlovu and Donald Tiripano
H2H Record :
Total Matches: 26
Afghanistan Won : 16
Zimbabwe Won: 10
H2H Record at Harare Sports Club :
Total Matches: 16
Afghanistan Won : 9
Zimbabwe Won: 7
Weather Report :
According to experts, during the match time the temperature will remain around 18°C and humidity will be 55%. The speed of the wind will be around 24 km/h and the sky will be clear.
Pitch report :
There will be an used surface at the Harare Sports Club. The pitch will be green but it will be a little slower however it will help the pacers to swing the ball but after the initial overs, ball will come good at the bat. The average 1st innings score here is around 235 runs and the winning percentage for the team batting second is around 52. The captain winning the toss will look to have a bat first especially after the 1st ODI.
Match: Afghanistan will win