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UAE vs Afghanistan 1st T20 Match Prediction & Betting Tips

  • date Feb 16, 2023
  • Start Time 19:30 IST / 14:00 GMT
  • Stadium Name Sheikh Zayed Stadium - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Afghanistan AFG
142/5 (20)
146/5 (19.1)
Afghanistan won by 5 wkts

UAE vs AFG Betting Tips

  • Whenever UAE went head-to-head with Afghanistan, the battle would mostly end up in a one-sided affair. UAE in the past have been castled by the heroics of Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Najibullah Zadran and Karim Janat. However, UAE did get lucky on one occasion when their all-time legend Rohan Mustafa stepped up his game with the ball and prevented Afghanistan from getting over the line. UAE will need their senior men to stand up and deliver if they are to cause any sort of upheaval in the Afghanistan dressing room
  • Meanwhile Afghanistan would be eager to face off with UAE in their opening game and register a comfortable win and possibly a series victory too. They will appear as the most formidable sides on paper and also on the field and would be looking to play their natural game.
  • If we go by the reputation and past head-to-head encounters of both the sides, a win for Afghanistan is certainly a big probability.

UAE vs AFG Win Probability

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Our Prediction

Afghanistan are favorites to win

UAE vs AFG 1st T20 Match Prediction & Betting Tips

United Arab Emirates would take on Afghanistan in the 1st T20 match of the Afghanistan Tour of United Arab Emirates 2023. The match will be hosted in Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi at 18:00 local time.

This will be a contest between a stronger and a much weaker opponent. Although UAE have fared relatively well against associate nations like Scotland, Papua New Guinea and Oman, they have largely found themselves vulnerable against full member nation teams. With many youngsters mostly expats making their way through to the national side, UAE is biggening to look like a much improves side.

Whereas on the other hand, Afghanistan have a lot of players in their dug out who have a wealth of franchise cricket experience under their belt to dazzle the Emirates cheaply. Besides, they have given tough competition to many top T20 sides and have also pushed some team to a brink of massive upsets. 

UAE has a bunch of rising youngsters flocking into their side. So far, their performance against associate nations have been commendable. But the moment they get head-to-head with top quality sides, they are always found wanting in the field. Besides, a lack of experienced quality players is yet another drawback for the home side. Their skills and their temperament as a side will be put to test against a fairy resilient T20 side.

Afghanistan on the other hand, has a very impressive T20I win record of around 65% and have played more T20I matches comparted to their rival UAE. As far as bilateral series is concerned, Afghanistan have blown away the associate nations in full capacity and have given a tough fight to full member nations. With loads of experience under their belt as a team, coupled with talented superstars who are itching to make their presence felt, Afghanistan look a far more threatening side than the UAE.

UAE vs Afghanistan 1st T20 Match Live Streaming

TV channels: This match will be live ESPN Star and Willow TV online.

Live StreamingFans can stream the match on Fancode.

UAE vs AFG Match Toss Prediction

The surface at Sheikh Zayed stadium has the tendency to aid slow seamers in the initial period but as time progresses, the wicket gets flatter. Hence winning the toss and bowling first would not be a bad idea at all. 

UAE vs AFG, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Pitch Report

The brownish tinge pitch with some pockets of grass cover is ideal for batsmen and spin bowlers. Moreover, the wicket is flat and on the slow side, thus constituting a batting paradise. The task in hand for swing bowlers is pretty hard. It is tough to get the bounce due to the absence of grass. With patience and performance, spin bowlers can be a great asset to the team in Test matches.

Abu Dhabi Weather Report

The weather forecast for the first game indicates a partially cloudy day with no chances of rain. The temperature is expected to rise to 30 C mark and the humidity rate is expected to hover around 49%. 

Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds, and match prediction for UAE vs Afghanistan 1st T20 Match 2023

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UAE Team News & Playing 11

UAE Team News

UAE has got plenty of new faces hungry to make a mark at the highest level. But their skill and calibre are yet to be tested against strong opponents.

UAE Key Players

  • Muhammad Waseem - Waseem has been the top run getter for UAE in T20I in the last one year. He has amassed 562 runs in 14 innings and has earned himself a very healthy batting average of 40.14. Besides, his strike rate in T20 cricket is also very lethal hovering around 143 mark. Known for his handy medium pace bowling, Waseem is surely an asset for the Emirates. 
  • Vriitya Aravind - The Indian origin wicket keeper batsman is a rising young star and is also one of the leading run getters for the UAE. He is usually known to play the anchoring innings and has a steady batting average of 28 in T20I. In his short T20 career, he achieved a top score of 97* which proves that once he settles down, he can dominate the bowlers and play the long innings.
  • Karthik Palaniapan Meiyappan - The Chennai born leggie has emerged as the highest wicket taker for the UAE in T20 cricket in recent times. In his short career, the 22-year-old has bagged 22 wickets in just 14 matches at a sensational strike rate of 13. Besides he is currently averaging 15.22 with the ball and has a canny economy rate of just under 7 RPO.  

UAE Team Form

UAE have won only 1 out of their last 5 games. Their solo win came against Namibia in the First Round Group A match leading up to the ICC T20 World Cup 2022.

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UAE Predicted Playing 11

Chundangapoyil Rizwan (c), Vriitya Aravind (wk), Adhitya Shetty, Muhammad Waseem, Aayan Afzal Khan, Basil Hameed, Ahmed Raza, Karthik Palaniapan Meiyappan, Vishnu Sukumaran, Alishan Sharafu, Rohan Mustafa

UAE vs AFG Prediction
UAE vs Afghanistan Match Prediction

Afghanistan Team News & Playing 11

AFG Team News

Afghanistan’s record in bilateral T20 competitions against associate nations is nothing short of outstanding. Besides, they have beaten full member nations such as Bangladesh on a few occasions already and have firmly got their eye on this series.

AFG Key Players

  • Ibrahim Zadran – Known for his consistent style of batting, Zadran has been the highest run scorer for Afghanistan. In last year alone, he has piled up 367 runs at a phenomenal average of 36.70. Besides he has so far registered his highest score of 64* in a winning cause.  
  • Hazratullah Zazai – A tall, hulking presence at the crease, Zazai has the potential to deflate any bowling line with his ballistic batting skills. He innings of 162* against Ireland is his highest T20 score till date which resulted in an embarrassing loss to Ireland. Besides, his strike rate is round about 140 and maintains a healthy average of 31.19.
  • Rashid Khan – The T20 stalwart needs no introduction as he in is in the form of his life. Crafty leg spinner and a useful lower order pinch hitter, Rashid delivers both with the bat and the ball. In last one year he has picked up 19 wickets at an average of 23.26. With a lethal striker rate of 13.7 and a jaw dropping economy rate of 6.25 RPO, Khan can not only make batters feel uncomfortable at the crease but can also breach the defences of high-quality batters from around the world.

AFG Team Form

Afghanistan has not won a single game in their last 5 outing and had a very poor T20 world cup campaign down under. However, with so many match winners in their side, we cannot write off Afghanistan as a team and expect them to make a remarkable turnaround. 

Afghanistan Predicted Playing 11

Hashmatullah Shahidi(c), Gulbadin Naib, Ibrahim Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Rahmat Shah, Rashid Khan, Zia-ur-Rehman, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad

UAE vs AFG Team Form in Last Five Matches



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UAE vs Afghanistan Head to Head

Both teams have clashed on 5 occasions and in 4 instances, Afghanistan has convincingly triumphed over UAE. Rohan Mustafa’s magic with the ball helped UAE register their maiden and their only T20 win against Afghanistan

UAE vs AFG Head to Head Stats in T20

  Matches Played UAE Won AFG Won Tie No Result
Overall 5 1 4 0 0

UAE vs Afghanistan Betting Odds

The contest appears to be a one-sided game on paper. Afghanistan has all the experience and firepower they need to overpower UAE on all fronts. We expect Afghanistan to steamroll UAE at their home turf in a thumping fashion.

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UAE vs AFG Top Team Batsmen

The in-form Muhammad Waseem, Vriitya Aravind and the veteran Rohan Mustafa are our favourite batting picks for the UAE. They have consistently scored runs for their side in recent times and have a much better batting records compared to the rest of the inexperienced team mates. Besides, they are young and have a long way to progress in their international careers. 

Ibrahim Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai and Mohammed Nabi are our top batting picks for Afghanistan. They have formidable amount of exposure under their belt both in international as well as franchise cricket. These batters are battle hardened and have delivered for their side on a number of situations under pressure. Besides, their T20 figures are far more impressive than their UAE counterparts.

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UAE vs AFG Top Team Bowlers

Karthik Palaniapan Meiyappan, Junaid Siddique and Basil Hameed are our favourite bowling picks from UAE squad. The trio have bagged a staggering 44 T20I international wickets last year alone. Besides, they have a bowling strike rate as of 13, 18.2 and 12.7 respectively. Meiyappan and Siddique have both taken a 4-wicket haul once and have the canny ability to pick key wickets whilst keeping the flow of runs down.

Without a doubt, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammed Nabi as our favourite bowling picks from Afghanistan dugout. Mujeeb is a highly unorthodox spinner and can mix it up very well to keep the batsman guessing. He already has a 5 wicket haul to his name and is bowling average is around 17 which makes him a very tricky customer with the ball. On the other hand the spin bowling all-rounders have also put up some brilliant performances with the ball recently. Rashid, who has already picked up 3 T20 hattricks can deliver for his side again and brutally supress the UAE batting line up. On the other hand his spin bowling counterpart Nabi, also has a very impressive bowling record. He has 84 T20I wickets to his name with a remarkable strike rate of under 25.

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🏆 UAE vs Afghanistan Prediction

An easy win for Afghanistan is surely on the cards and that too by a substantial margin. Although UAE has some added home advantage, we do expect them to put up a fair amount of resistance. But that mere resistance would not be enough to knock the spirited Afghanistan team that has troubled high quality T20 sides in recent times.

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Posted On 16th February 2023 09:48:00 AM
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