Afghanistan v Zimbabwe 1st T20I – 17/03/2021

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March 17, 2021
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
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Afghanistan v Zimbabwe 1st T20I Preview – Betting Tips, Latest Odds, Predictions – 17/03/2021

Zimbabwe put up a fight to draw the Test series that preceded this.

Afghanistan will want to assert their dominance early in these T20Is and not give Zimbabwe anything to hold onto.

Discover our free cricket betting tips for this match.

Afghanistan v Zimbabwe 1st T20I Betting Tips
Best Bet Sikandar Raza to be Zimbabwe’s top batsman at 4.5 with bet365
Value Bet Rashid Khan to be named player of the match at 5.5 with 22Bet
Longshot Bet Ryan Burl to be Zimbabwe’s top bowler at 6.0 with bet365

Afghanistan v Zimbabwe 1st T20I – Match Preview

Zimbabwe showed their battling qualities in the Test series that came before this T20I contest.

They had an inexperienced side but fully deserved to win the first Test after a fine bowling display.

However, Afghanistan fought back and should have far too much in this particular format.

Where: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

When: Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Start time: 15:30 IST (10:00 GMT)

Pitch conditions: This venue did offer something to Zimbabwe’s youthful pace attack early in the Test series but eventually became more spin-friendly as the pitch slowed. Expect slower conditions for this one as well.

Weather conditions: It will be hot and dry in Abu Dhabi for this one. There is no chance of rain delays and temperatures will remain well above 30 degrees.

Afghanistan v Zimbabwe 1st T20I – Latest Odds

Afghanistan are the favourites to hit back and get the win. They are priced at 1.25 with bet365.

Zimbabwe are available at 4.0 with the same betting site.

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Afghanistan v Zimbabwe 1st T20I – Team News

  • Rashid Khan – The Afghanistan spin star will be key to his side’s dominance and it would be n surprise if he was too much to handle for the Zimbabwe batsmen.
  • Mohammad Nabi – The experienced all-rounder enjoyed an impressive PSL season before this and brings added depth to this team.
  • Majeeb ur Rahman – The spinner is pushing for a place in the squad. He continues to improve and will have conditions in his favour if he gets picked.
  • Sean Williams – The Zimbabwe skipper led his side brilliantly with a century in both Tests. He will be vital to their chances in these tough T20Is.
  • Ryan Burl – The Zimbabwe leg-spinner enjoyed a decent Test series and will be targeting more wickets in the T20Is. Conditions should suit him.
  • Blessing Muzarabani – The pacer was a real threat at this venue in both Test matches and has the ability to make things happen for Zimbabwe as he showed in the white-ball series with Pakistan before this.

Afghanistan v Zimbabwe 1st T20I – Betting Tips and Predictions

Afghanistan should have too much for Zimbabwe when it comes to this format.

The visitors will have been buoyed by how they did in the Test series but are rightly a big price to come out on top.

While there is no value in Afghanistan’s outright winner price, there are other appealing markets to look at for this one.

Raza to be Zimbabwe’s Top Batsman

He may have been the star for Zimbabwe in the Test series, but it could be worth taking on Sean Williams in this format.

Due to his fine tons in the longest form of the game, he is the short-priced favourite to be Zimbabwe’s main man once more.

However, Sikandar Raza also bagged a few runs of his own and can relish a return to this format.

The 85 he knocked in the first innings of the second test highlight his form and he looks a good selection at the prices.

He can be backed at 4.5 with bet365 to be his team’s top batsman.

Rashid Khan for Player of the Match

Rashid Khan is understandably a very short 2.25 shot to be Afghanistan’s top wicket-taker in this match.

However, a good way of finding value could be by backing him to be man of the match instead.

Should Khan rip through the Zimbabwe batting line-up as his odds suggest then he will be close to taking the top player award, especially if he can add a few runs with the bat on top.

He is priced at 5.5 with 22Bet to get the award.

Burl is a Decent Longshot Bet

Ryan Burl took wickets in the recent Test series and can cause more problems on a slowing pitch in this first T20I.

He enjoyed a decent return in recent Zimbabwe regional cricket and seems to be making things happen in Abu Dhabi.

His price of 6.0 with bet365 is too big given the form he is in at present.

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