Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions: ICC Cricket World Cup, 2023 - Pakistan vs Afghanistan - 22nd Match - 23 Oct
The 22nd match of the ICC Cricket World Cup will take place between Pakistan and Afghanistan on the 23rd of October, 2023 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.
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Pakistan Form Guide:
Pakistan are currently placed at the 5th position on the points table with 2 wins to their credit.
The top run scorer for Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup is Mohammad Rizwan with 294 runs to his name.
The top wicket taker for Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup is Shaheen Afridi with 9 scalps under his belt.
Pakistan have lost their previous high scoring thriller of a match against Australia by 62 runs.
Australia batted first and they posted a massive total of 367 for 9 in 50 overs. Openers David Warner and Mitchell Marsh played beautifully and scored 163 and 121 runs respectively. After their dismissals, the Australian batting couldn't unleash themselves in the last few overs, courtesy a good bowling by Pakistan in the death overs. For Pakistan, Shaheen Afridi picked up 5 wickets for 54 runs.
During the chase, Pakistan started off very well. Imam ul Haq and Abdullah Shafique scored 70 and 64 runs respectively to ignite hope for a successful chase. Babar Azam was dismissed quite early into the innings. The partnership between Saud Shakeel and Mohammad Rizwan threatened to take the game away from the Aussies but Pat Cummins removed Shakeel at the right time. Adam Zampa then mopped up Pakistan's innings as he picked up 4 wickets. Pakistan were bowled out for 305, losing the match by 62 runs.
Afghanistan Form Guide:
Afghanistan are currently placed at the 9th position on points table with 1 win to their credit.
The top run scorer for Afghanistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup is Rahmanullah Gurbaz with 159 runs to his name.
The top wicket taker for Afghanistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup is Rashid Khan with 6 scalps under his belt.
Afghanistan have lost their previous match against New Zealand by 149 runs.
New Zealand batted first and they posted a total of 288 for 6 in 50 overs. The start wasn't ideal and they lost 4 wickets for just 110 runs. Glenn Phillips and Tom Lathan then took the responsibility of taking their team to a respectable total. They scored 71 and 68 runs respectively as New Zealand got to 288 in 50 overs of play.
During the chase, Afghanistan lost both their openers cheaply. The middle order also kept losing wickets in regular succession and Afghanistan never really looked in the game. For New Zealand, Mitchell Santner and Lockie Ferguson picked up 3 wickets each as Afghanistan were bowled out for 139, losing the match by 149 runs.
Let’s have a look at the squads:
Afghanistan squad: Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Alikhil, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Abdul Rahman, Naveen ul Haq.
Pakistan squad: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Mohammad Rizwan, Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Salman Ali Agha, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Wasim.
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? – Afghanistan
Who will win?- Pakistan
Top Batter (Runs Scored) – Babar Azam (Pakistan), Azmatullah Omarzai (Afghanistan)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) - Shaheen Afridi (Pakistan), Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)
Most Sixes – Iftikhar Ahmed (Pakistan), Azmatullah Omarzai (Afghanistan)
Player of the Match- Babar Azam (Pakistan)
Team Scores Batting first – Pakistan 290+, Afghanistan 250+
Match Handicap: Pakistan
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In-Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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