Australia will face Afghanistan in their next match of the 2023 Cricket World Cup on November 7. Both teams will take the field at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai at 2:00 p.m. IST. Australia has had a terrible start to the campaign with two defeats in as many matches. However, they won all five matches afterwards, which allowed them to qualify for the semi-finals. Opener David Warner (428 runs in seven matches) and spinner Adam Zampa (19 wickets in seven matches) have been their standout performers so far.
On the other hand, Afghanistan have been quite impressive with their overall heroics, performing against all odds to record four wins from seven matches. Hashmatullah Shahidi (282 runs) and spin duo Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman (seven wickets each) are the architects of their memorable campaign.
While a victory would confirm Australia’s passage to the semi-finals, Afghanistan will look to continue their fine form against the five-time champions and cause another upset.
AUS vs AFG pitch report
The pitch at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium is balanced with decent attendance for both batters and bowlers.
The team that wins the toss may decide to bat first, as the seamers might move under the lights as the game progresses. The average first inning score on this site over the last 20 matches is 260 points.
Rhythm or rotation?
Pacers have taken 83% of the total wickets at this venue and hence, the fast bowlers will look to make the most of the conditions on offer at the Wankhede Stadium.
AUS vs AFG weather report
The temperature at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium is expected to be around 34 degrees Celsius and 51 per cent humidity.
AUS vs AFG Fantasy 11 Prediction: Top picks for captain and vice-captain David Warner: Australia’s opening batter has been in fantastic form, amassing 428 runs in seven matches at an average of 61.14 and a strike rate of 111.74. He also scored two and a half centuries, with a career-best 163 against Pakistan.
Hashmatullah Shahidi: The Afghan skipper has scored 282 runs in seven matches and is his team’s highest run-getter in the competition. He has registered three fifties and his overall average and strike rate stand at 70.50 and 75.40 respectively.
Adam Zampa: With 19 scalps so far, the leg-broke bowler is the leading wicket-taker in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. He has taken at least three wickets in each of his previous five matches and will be supported to continue his good form against Afghanistan.
Mitchell Starc: The left-arm seamer can prove effective against Afghanistan’s top order, especially in the powerplay phase. Starc has accounted for nine wickets in seven matches so far at an economy of 6.36.
AUS vs AFG teams
Australia:Pat Cummins (c), David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Travis Head, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Cameron Green, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa, Alex Carey, Sean Abbott, Glenn Maxwell
Afghanistan: Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Azmatullah Omarzai, Ikram Alikhil (w), Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Noor Ahmad, Riaz Hassan, Abdul Rahman, Najibullah Zadran
Team AUS vs. AFG Fantasy 11
Wicketkeepers: Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Drummers: David Warner, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Travis Head, Steve Smith
Bowlers: Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Rashid Khan
Versatile players: Marcus Stoinis, Azmatullah Omarzai
Captain: David Warner
Vice-captain: Adam Zampa
Australia-Afghanistan head-to-head record in ODIs
Australia and Afghanistan have faced each other three times in ODIs, with the Australians winning each time.
The highest score in these three encounters was 417/6 for Australia while the lowest was 142/10 for Afghanistan.
Australia has won twice batting first and once while chasing in these encounters between the two teams.
Australia vs Afghanistan Prediction
Australia have won in all three instances against Afghanistan in the past and hence enter this competition as favorites to win and seal the semi-final berth of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
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