Match – Afghanistan vs Scotland – Match 17
Venue – Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Time – 07:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Star Sports Network
The pitch in Sharjah has generally been a bowlers’ paradise. Spinners have mostly dictated terms on the surface. However, Bangladesh’s game against Sri Lanka turned out to be a high-scoring affair. Batting second should be the way forward for both teams.
Average score: 144 (63 T20Is in Sharjah)
Record of Chasing teams: Won – 28, Lost – 24, Tied – 1
Probable Playing XIs
Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (C), Asghar Afghan, Gulbadin Naib, Karim Janat, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen ul Haq
Bench: Hamid Hassan, Fareed Ahmad, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Usman Ghani
George Munsey, Kyle Coetzer (c), Matthew Cross (wk), Richie Berrington, Calum MacLeod, Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Josh Davey, Safyaan Sharif, Bradley Wheal
Bench: Alasdair Evans, Dylan Budge, Hamza Tahir, Craig Wallace
Richie Berrington has been one of the most prolific run-scorers for Scotland across formats. In 69 T20Is, the right-handed batter has notched 1620 runs at an average of 33.06 and a strike rate of 128.67. He couldn’t score big against Bangladesh, but made impressive comebacks against PNG and Oman. Berrington is someone, who can alter gears as per the match situation.
Probable best bowler of the match
Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)
Rashid Khan has been a prolific run-scorer for Afghanistan ever since he made his debut back in 2015. In 51 T20Is, he has already eked out 95 wickets. His economy rate of 6.21 suggests that he can keep the batters in check. Impeccable line and lengths mean that Rashid has become a globetrotter in the T20 format. Not to forget that Rashid can also play his shots to good effect.