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Afghanistan will take on Zimbabwe in the first Test of the two-match Test series at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on 2nd March.

The match between the two will start at 11:30 AM IST. Sony Six will broadcast the match in India, and it can also be streamed live on the Sony LIV app.

Preview: Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe, 1st Test

Zimbabwe will be touring UAE to lock horns with Afghanistan in a Test series. For the two Tests, Zimbabwe has announced a 15-man squad which includes a few experienced players and youngsters. Due to health concerns, many Zimbabwe cricketers will not be a part of the upcoming tour. Senior batsman Brendan Taylor and Craig Ervine are out of the tour, so Sean Williams have been selected to lead the team. Other players who will not be able to make up for the series are Chamu Chibhabha, Tendai Chatara and PJ Moor. Due the absence of these senior players, a few other players – Tarisai Musakanda and Ryan Burl have been rolled for the UAE tour.

Afghanistan comes into the game on the back of a 3-0 ODI win against Ireland in UAE. Afghanistan’s Asghar Afghan and Mohammad Nabi have delivered spectacular performances in their ODI series against Ireland. Also, Javed Ahmadi is expected to perform elegantly in the upcoming clash. The Afghans will likely be in the need of aligning their bowling lineup as Rashid Khan is set to miss the first Test after picking up a finger injury in the PSL.

Pitch report

The pitch at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium offers a flat batting track, and the bowlers are likely to get some assistance from the wicket.

Weather report

The weather at the Shaikh Zayed is forecasted to be clear for the entire match. The temperature will be looming around 22 degrees Celsius during the match.

Average first innings score

The average first innings at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium for Tests in 363.

Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe Probable XI

Afghanistan Probable XI

Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Nasir Jamal, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Javed Ahmadi, Afsar Zazai, Yamin Ahmadza, Wafadar Momand, Zia Ur Rahman Akbar, Amir Hamza

Afghanistan complete squad

Asghar Afghan (C), Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afsar Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Javed Ahmadi, Nasir Jamal, Rashid Khan, Amir Hamza, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Abdul Malik, Munir Ahmad Kakar, Shahidullah Kamal, Bahir Shah Mohboob, Sayed Ahmad Shirzad, Saleem Safi, Zia Ur Rahman Akbar, Yamin Ahmadza, Wafadar Momand

Zimbabwe Probable XI

Sean Williams(C), Prince Masvaure, Tarisai Musakanda, Sikandar Raza Butt, Kevin Kasuza, Wesley Madhevere, Regis Chakabva, Blessing Muzarabani, Wellington Masakadza, Brandon Mavuta, Donald Tiripano

Zimbabwe complete squad

Sean Williams (C), Prince Masvaure, Ryan Burl, Sikandar Raza Butt, Brandon Mavuta, Tarisai Musakanda, Kevin Kasuza, Wesley Madhevere, Richmond Mutumbami, Blessing Muzarabani, Wellington Masakadza, Donald Tiripano, Regis Chakabva, Richard Ngarava, Victor Nyauchi.

Wicketkeeper: Afsar Zazai, Regis Chakabva

Batsmen: Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Prince Masvaure, Tarisai Musakanda

All-rounders: Sean Williams, Rahmat Shah

Bowlers: Yamin Ahmadza, Wafadar Momand, Brandon Mavuta

Man of the match prediction

Skipper Asghar Afghan could be the man of the match in the next game.

Winner prediction

Zimbabwe last toured Pakistan in November 2020, where they lost the three-match ODI series by 1-2. In their T20 series against Pakistan last year, Babar Azam and Co were dominant over the visiting side in all three games. On the other hand, Afghanistan hosted Ireland in a three-match ODI series, where the Afghans won all the three matches. Also, the Zimbabwe squad is full of new faces, while most of Afghanistan’s star players will be present in the next clash. So, the favorites for the upcoming game are Afghanistan.

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Last Updated on March 1, 2021

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