Afghanistan vs UAE: Afghanistan posted a much needed win against West Indies in their last encounter which has kept them hanging in the tournament albeit by a thin thread.
UAE, on the other hand, were handed a humilianting loss by Scotland in their first super six game. While UAE is already out of of the tournament, they can very well be the team to jeopardise the qualification plans for Afghanistan. Both UAE and Afghanistan were part of the previous edition of CWC 2015, but are struggling to qualify for the main event in 2019. Afghanistan will lock horns with the UAE on 20th March at Old Hararians Sports Club, Harare where a loss would mean an end to their camapaign.
- Afghanistan’s confidence would have sky rocketed after their win over West Indies in the last game.
- United Arab Emirates will be under more pressure here after having lost their last two matches.
- UAE have beaten Afghanistan three times out of five in ODIs, including the most recent encounter.
Who Will Win Afghanistan vs UAE, 6th Super Six Match?
The sixth Super Sixes fixture of the ICC World Cup Qualifier 2018 will see Afghanistan clash with the United Arab Emirates. The match is scheduled to be played on March 20 at the Harare Sports Club. Live action will begin at 9:30 AM local time.
Afghanistan vs UAE: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: Star Sports, Fox Sports, Sky Sports Cricket
Live Streaming: Bet365, Hotstar, Sky Go
Nine out of the last twelve one-day internationals at the Harare Sports Club have been won by the side that has batted first. Toss, therefore, is going to be a big factor in this match and the team that wins it here is more likely to bat first.
Afghanistan in Afghanistan vs UAE
There were no injuries in the team at the time of writing. The same group of eleven from the last game is expected to take the field against the UAE.
Mohammad Shahzad, Rahmat Shah and Mohammad Nabi are the key men for Afghanistan when it comes to batting. Rahmat Shah scored a vital fifty to help his side win the game against the Windies and he will expected to play a good knock against the UAE as well. Spinners Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Nabi are the big threats in this bowling attack. Mujeeb notched up three wickets last time and the team will back him to trouble the batsmen once again.
Afghanistan had a poor start to their World Cup Qualifier campaign, facing defeats in their first three matches. They then beat Nepal in their last group-stage fixture to end their losing streak before getting the better of the West Indies in the first game of the Super Sixes round.
Afghanistan Predicted Playing 11
- Rashid Khan (c), Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Javed Ahmadi, Dawlat Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
There seems to be no injury concerns for the UAE with all their players in good physical condition. The team is unlikely to tweak the line-up that beat the West Indies in the last match.
Rohan Mustafa is UAE’s leading run-scorer in this tournament and he will be expected to lead the charge with the bat at the top. Muhammad Usman who scored 80 in the last game against Scotland is their best bet in the middle order. Mohammad Naveed has been the most successful of all the bowlers in the side with eight wickets in four matches and it will be crucial that he delivers a good bowling performance against Afghanistan.
UAE suffered a heavy 73-run loss at the hands of Scotland in their last game which also happened to be their first game of the Super Sixes stage. Prior to that in the group stage, they beat Papua New Guinea and Netherlands but lost to the West Indies and Ireland.
UAE Predicted Playing 11
- Rohan Mustafa (c), Ahmed Raza, Chirag Suri, Mohammad Naveed, Shaiman Anwar, Imran Haider, Adnan Mufti, Zahoor Khan, Muhammad Usman, Ashfaq Ahmed, Mohammad Boota (wk)
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
Afghanistan: W W L L L
United Arab Emirates: L L W L W
Afghanistan vs UAE Head-to-Head
Afghanistan and United Arab Emirates have played five one-day internationals against each other in the past with the latter leading the scoreline 3-2. These two sides last met in a 50-overs game back in 2014 at Dubai which the UAE won convincingly by 30 runs.
Afghanistan vs UAE Betting Odds
Afghanistan are heavy favorites amongst the bookmakers to win this Super Sixes match at extremely short odds of 1.16 on Williamhills. United Arab Emirates find themselves as distant outsiders at a huge price of 4.7 on Williamhills
Afghanistan vs UAE Prediction
United Arab Emirates would be down on confidence after facing crushing defeats against Ireland and Scotland in their last two matches while Afghanistan will be all charged up after having upset the West Indies in their last match. The latter also have the momentum with them as they are coming off back-to-back wins. So although the UAE may hold a slight edge in terms of head-to-head count, we feel Afghanistan have a better chance of winning this bout.
Final Verdict: Back Afghanistan to beat UAE at 1.16 on Williamhills