High-flying Pakistan face the shortest format’s most dangerous side, Afghanistan, in their third game of the T20 World Cup on Friday. (Watch this cricket match live with crickwick.com.)
The match, 24th overall, will be played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai.
Pakistan have started their tournament with a bang winning their two most crucial group matches against India and New Zealand on Sunday and Tuesday.
While the game against India became pretty much one-sided, the one against New Zealand tested their batting and bowling strengths to the core. Pakistan came out triumphant after a testing night, beating the Kiwis by 5 wickets in a low-scoring affair.
These back to back wins will boost their confidence sky-high, but Green Shirts would need to keep their feet grounded to face the blue storm, Afghanistan who defeated Scotland by a massive 130 runs in their T20 WC opener.
Head to Head
Interestingly, both sides have not locked horns much in this format, and both are equally unpredictable. The only T20 match played between the two neighbouring countries in 2012 was won by Pakistan.
In addition to that, Pakistan and Afghanistan have only played four ODI games, all won by Pakistan.
With history on their side, Pakistan would look to extend their lead. Afghanistan, riding high on the back of their in-form bowling and a very strong bowling attack, would like to rewrite history.
Both sides have a perfect balance to their squad and both are likely to maintain their winning combinations.
Pakistan (expected XI) – Babar Azam (cap), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Imad Waseem, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Haris Rauf.
Afghanistan (expected XI) – Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (capt), Asghar Afghan, Gulbadin Naib, Karim Jannat, Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
The high-voltage game will be played on October 29 in Dubai. The game will start at 7 pm Pakistan time.
Pakistan vs Afghanistan live streaming, live telecast details
Watch Pakistan vs Afghanistan match live on PTV Sports. It will also be live-streamed on Daraz App. You can also track the match at Crickwick.com.
Worldwide Live Streaming Details
|Pakistan||ASports HD, PTV Sports|
|India & sub-continent||Star Sports 1, 2, 3, HD, and DD Sports|
|Bangladesh||Ghazi TV (GTV)|
|Sri Lanka||SLRC (Channel Eye)|
|United Kingdom||Sky Sports|
|South Africa||Super Sports|
|New Zealand||Sky Sports NZ|
|Malaysia||Fox International Channel|
|Hong Kong||Star Cricket|
|Singapore||Star Cricket, Star Hub, Singtel|