Afghanistan won the T20I series after whitewashing Zimbabwe in the ODI series, and they are on the verge of whitewashing Zimbabwe again in the T20I series. The final T20I of the series will be played on June 14, 2022, at Harare Sports Club.
Afghanistan defeated Zimbabwe by 6 wickets in the first T20I of the series, and they bowled brilliantly in the second T20I while defending the target to seal the T20 series against Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is currently on a four-match T20I losing streak.
The third and final T20I of the series will be crucial for Zimbabwe, who have yet to win a game while hosting this tour against Afghanistan. They will make every effort to avoid the whitewash and would like to end this tour on a high note.
The 3rd T20I between Zimbabwe vs Afghanistan will take place on June 14th, 2022 at Harare Sports Club in Harare.
Match Details to Note
Match: Zimbabwe vs Afghanistan, 3rd T20I, Afghanistan Tour of Zimbabwe 2022
Date: June 14, 2022 (Tuesday)
Time: 4:30 PM IST
Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare
Zimbabwe vs Afghanistan Team Previews
Zimbabwe has yet to defeat Afghanistan on this tour. They are 2-0 down in the T20 series and will face visitors in the final T20I at Harare Sports Club in an attempt to win at least one game while hosting Afghanistan.
Craig Ervine chose to bat first after winning the toss, but the team’s batters failed to justify the captain’s decision in the first T20I. Wessley Madhevere (32 runs off 24 balls) and Sikandar Raza (45 runs off 31 balls) both contributed crucial knocks to the 159-run total. Only Ryan Burl managed to put pressure on opponents while defending the target, taking three wickets for 14 runs, but Afghanistan won comfortably by six wickets.
Zimbabwe’s bowlers again failed to put pressure on opponents in the second T20I, allowing 170 runs in 20 overs. Except for Innocent Kaia’s 54 runs from 57 balls and Sikandar Raza’s quick 41 runs from 21 balls, no other batter could stay on the crease while chasing the target of 171 runs, and they lost the game by 21 runs.
Zimbabwe’s batting unit has struggled throughout the series, and if they are to avoid a whitewash in the T20 series, they must address their batting issues when they face Afghanistan in the series’ final T20I.
Innocent Kaia, Regis Chakabva (wk), Craig Ervine (c), Wesley Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Milton Shumba, Ryan Burl, Donald Tiripano, Tendai Chatara, Blessing Muzarabani, Tanaka Chivanga, Dion Myers, Ainsley Ndlovu, Takudzwanashe Kaitano, Clive Madande, Luke Jongwe
Predicted XI: Regis Chakabva (wk), Innocent Raia, Craig Ervine (c), Wessley Madhevere, Milton Shumba, Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Tendai Chatara, Blessing Muzarabani, Donald Tiripano, Tanaka Chivanga
Afghanistan has played excellent cricket in both the ODI and T20 series against Zimbabwe so far on this tour. They have already won both series and will play the final game of the tour on June 14th at Harare Sports Club against the hosts.
Afghanistan limited the hosts to 159 runs in the first T20 of the series thanks to an outstanding bowling performance. Nijat Masood has sent three batters to the pavilion in his four-over spell, allowing 34 runs. Hazaratullah Zazai (45 runs off 26 balls) and Najibullah Zadran (44 runs off 25 balls) led the batting unit to a 6-wicket victory.
In the second T20I, Afghanistan’s batters did well against Zimbabwe’s bowlers, scoring 170 runs thanks to Najibullah Zadran’s 57 runs from 46 balls and Captain Mohammad Nabi’s 43 runs from 22 balls. Rashid Khan led the charge in defending the total, taking two wickets for 34 runs in four overs. Afghanistan easily won the game by 21 runs.
Afghanistan has assembled an ideal T20 squad for this tour against Zimbabwe, and they have played excellent cricket thus far in the T20 series. They will try to maintain their winning streak in the third T20I and whitewash Zimbabwe once more in the T20 series.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Shahidullah Kamal, Zia-ur-Rehman, Ikram Alikhil, Riaz Hassan, Yamin Ahmadzai
Predicted XI: Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Rahmat Shah, Nazibullah Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Fareed Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi
Zimbabwe vs Afghanistan Toss Prediction
This ground has hosted 31 T20Is so far and has given batters and bowlers an advantage in a few previous matches. The teams that chose to bowl first and bat first here have won equal games. The chasing team has won five of the last ten T20Is. The general rule at this location is that whichever team wins the toss will want to bowl first and chase.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
This match will be held at the Harare Sports Club in Harare. This is Zimbabwe’s home ground, and it has previously hosted a few international as well as domestic games. This stadium has a capacity of 10,000 people.
On match day, the weather will be sunny with a 5-10% chance of rain. Maximum and minimum temperatures will be in the 22°C – 8°C range.
Zimbabwe vs Afghanistan Match Prediction
In every way, Afghanistan appears to be a strong opponent for Zimbabwe. So far in this series, they have shown good batting and bowling performances. Zimbabwe, on the other hand, has struggled in the face of Afghanistan’s bowling attack, making it difficult for them to avoid a whitewash in the T20 series as well.
Afghanistan is the favourite to beat Zimbabwe at the odds of 1.28.
- Najibullah Zadran has scored 101 runs in the last two innings for Afghanistan, making him the series’ leading run-scorer.
- Ryan Burl has led Zimbabwe’s bowling attack well in this series, picking up four wickets in the last two games.
- Afghanistan has a 5-0 lead over Zimbabwe in the last five meetings between these two teams.