Afghanistan will face Zimbabwe on Saturday afternoon in a shootout for a place in the main draw of the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 in India.
Zimbabwe, which is a Full Member, is reportedly not the favorite with media reporting that the odds of winning are stacked in Afghanistan’s favor.
Afghanistan is currently ranked ninth in the world, with Zimbabwe in 11th position.
Afghanistan has so far been on top form and beaten Hong Kong and Scotland in the run up to Saturday’s match while Zimbabwe’s performance so far in this tournament has been rated as sloppy – despite them having beaten both Scotland and Hong Kong in their previous match.
The winner of Saturday’s match will move up to the Super 10s alongside England, Sri Lanka, West Indies and South Africa.
Reports indicate the man Zimbabwe will need to watch out for, based on recent form, is Mohammad Shahzad. He smashed 61 from 39 balls in Afghanistan’s opening win against Scotland, and then came up with 41 off 40 balls against Hong Kong.
But the win over Hong Kong was largely attributed to Mohammad Nabi’s four-wicket haul.
Shahzad meanwhile, has scored 209 runs, including a 67-ball 118, in four T20Is, and made 413 runs from 10 One-Day Internationals against Zimbabwe – number Zimbabwe are sure to be wary of.
Shahzad will definitely be the main draw, but Noor Ali Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Asghar Stanikzai and Najibullah Zadran can also hold their own in Afghanistan’s batting line-up.
The match will be broadcast live on Lemar TV from 2pm Kabul time.