At the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday, Australia will take on Afghanistan in the 39th fixture of the World Cup 2023. As the tournament gets closer to the semi-final stages, both teams will be eyeing a win and making it to the semi-final stage.
With 5 consecutive wins, Australia is currently in the third spot in the point table with a net run rate of +0.924. They have almost made it to the semi-final stage and a win here will confirm their participation.
Afghanistan is standing at the 6th spot in the point table with 4 wins and a net run rate of -0.330. They have been shining a light in this World Cup and have an outside chance to qualify for the senis as well. The top bookmakers in India have amazing World Cup odds with them.
In the last 5 ODIs, Zampa has scalped 18 wickets in the tournament.
The betting tip is...
Adam Zampa to pick 3.5+ wickets in the game
Afghanistan has proved itself by registering big wins against teams like England, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. They are now up against one of the biggest challenges on Tuesday. Afghanistan scored a comfortable win against the Netherlands in the previous fixture.
Bowlers controlled the game from the beginning and restricted the opposition to a low score. Mohammad Nabi picked up 3 wickets in 9.3 overs at an economy of 2.95. Noor Ahmad contributed with two wickets in the game.
On the batting front, the opening partnership between Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran failed to give the team a good start. However, Rahmat Shah (52 off 54) and skipper Hasmatullah Shahdi (56 off 54) gave the winning momentum to the team.
Rashid Khan, Rahmanullah Gurbaz & Mohammad Nabi will be the key players on Tuesday for the team.
Predicted Lineup: Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Ikram Alikhil (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Noor Ahmad
After witnessing loss in their first two fixtures in the tournament, Australia has made a strong comeback and now they are on the verge of qualifying themselves for the semi-final stage. A win against England will give them a major boost in confidence for the rest of the tournament.
Batting first, the partnership between David Warner (15 off 16) and Travis Head (11 off 10) was broken at an early stage. It was Steve Smith (44 off 52) and Marnus Labuschagne (71 off 83) who provided the required momentum to the team. A partnership between Cameron Green (47 off 52) & Marcus Stoinis (35 off 32) gave a push to the overall score of the team.
The bowlers were at the top of their performance. Adam Zampa picked 3 wickets at an economy of 2.10 in 10 overs. Starc, Hazlewood, and Cummins contributed with two wickets each.
Adam Zampa will be the key player for the Aussies as he has picked up 2 consecutive 4-wicket hauls and 3 wickets in the previous game. He will get the support of the Wankhede pitch and is inclined towards spin bowling.
Mitchell Marsh is doubtful for his appearance but according to reports he is expected to join the team at Wankhede on Monday.
Predicted Lineup: David Warner, Travis Head, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
A win against Australia in the World Cup will be a dream come true for Afghanistan considering the recent political deferences between the two teams. However, it is not going to be an easy task to stop the Aussies as they have the winning momentum.
Aussies are confident and they have some of the world-class players to help the team to continue their winning streak. We predict a win for Australia on Tuesday against Afghanistan.