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The Asia Cup 2022 race is heating up as the tournament is in its Super Four stage with two encounters that have already taken place so far. Let us take a look at tomorrow’s encounter involving Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Afghanistan suffered a loss in their first Super 4 encounter against Sri Lanka where the Lankan Lions chased down the target of 175 runs against the Afghans. In the first phase of Asia Cup 2022, Afghanistan had a great win against Sri Lanka which was the first game in the tournament which highlighted the batting and bowling prowess of the side. Later, they showcased how far they have come as a side in terms of their cricket by getting a dominating win against Bangladesh.
Afghanistan has lots of X factors with bat and ball, with Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rehaman amongst the wickets. Najibullah Zadran , Hazarthullah Zazai, and Rahamanullah Gurbaz have struck great form and have been among the runs. Afghanistan will want to comeback to winning ways against Pakistan.
Pakistan have been in great form so far in the Asia Cup and gave it back to India by winning the Super Four game after losing to India in the 1st stage. Pakistan totally annihilated Hong Kong and got through to the Super four and won a close game against the arch-rivals to get there first super 4 points.
Mohammed Nawaz has starred both with the ball and the bat for Pakistan with 3 wickets against Hong Kong and a game changing 42 against India. Mohammad Rizwan has been in the form of his life and scored a superlative 71 which orchestrated a great run chase against India. With Rizwan likely to be ruled out with an injury, It is time for Babar Azam to find form and get back amongst the runs.
The fast-bowling group of Pakistan have been breathing fire and have been amongst the wickets. They would look to continue their form right through the tournament. The batting has been good too with Asif Ali and Khusdil Shah who have got crucial runs for the side. Pakistan will look to continue their winning momentum against Afghanistan.
Najibullah Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Mohammad Nabi (c), Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rehaman,
Fazalhaq Farooqui, Azmatullah Omarzai, Naveen ul Haq, Usman Ghani.
Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan/Haider Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Iftikar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Asif Ali, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Harris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Shadab Khan.
The Dubai pitch has more bounce and is good to bat on. So it will most likely be a high scoring encounter and there will be assistance for both the pace bowlers and the spinners as well.
Match: Pakistan vs Afghanistan, Super Four, Match 4, Asia Cup 2022
Date and Time: September 7th, 2022, Tuesday, 07:30 PM IST
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium
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