AUS vs AFG Match Preview

After a sedate start, Australia has bounced back smartly over the last couple of weeks, winning 5 matches on the trot. A win here will ensure that the team will finish in the top 4 and qualify for the playoffs.

Since the Wankhede Stadium offers an excellent batting surface, Australia will depend on its batsmen to get to a match-winning total. David Warner will be the key batsman at the top of the order. He is in brilliant form and is also the leading run-scorer for the team.

His opening partner, Travis Head, is also capable of scoring brisk runs during the Powerplay. Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne, who are yet to reach their peak form, got some runs under their belt in the last match and that should give them some confidence heading into this game. Mitchell Marsh too returns to the squad, adding extra arsenal to the middle order.

Coming to the bowling, Adam Zampa has bowled some excellent spells in this tournament and will once again be the key bowler for his team. Zampa picked up 4 wickets in the last match and is now the leading wicket-taker of the tournament. The pace trio of Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, and Pat Cummins is picking up steam and will look to get early wickets.

Afghanistan has played remarkably well in this World Cup. With 4 wins in 7 matches, Afghanistan has the same number of points as New Zealand and Pakistan. Although they are 6th on the table, the team, for the first time in its history, has a real shot at making it to the knockouts in cricket’s biggest tournament. However, Afghanistan will need to play out of their skins to make that happen.

More often than not, Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran have given the team a good start with the bat. However, Afghanistan’s biggest strength in this tournament has been the middle order. Hashmatullah Shahidi has led his team from the front and is the top-scorer for the team with 281 runs.

Shahidi has scored 3 half-centuries in his last 6 innings. He has received excellent support from Rahmat Shah and Azmatullah Omarzai. The latter has also fared well with the ball, picking up 5 wickets. He will be joined by Fazalhaq Farooqi and Naveen Ul-Haq in the pace department, both of whom have picked up 6 wickets each.

The spin attack will be the key for them in this match. Mohammad Nabi bowled a brilliant spell in the last match, picking up 3 wickets. Mujeeb ur Rahman and Rashid Khan have been quite disciplined in the middle overs, scalping 7 wickets each. 


Weather Report

The weather will remain cloudy and hazy, with temperatures of over 30 degrees Celsius. However, there is no forecast for rain. 


Pitch Report

The Wankhede Stadium is a batting paradise and has seen an average first-inning score of 380 in the 3 matches of this tournament. All the 3 games were won by teams batting first and that continues to be a good option. Any loose deliveries will be dispatched with ease. There is very little grass on the surface and the bowlers will have to depend on a good line and length to pick wickets. 


Notable stats

Ibrahim Zadran: Solid Up Front

Ibrahim Zadran is the most successful batsman for Afghanistan in 2023. He has scored 710 runs at an average of 41.73 and his knocks include 5 half-centuries and a century. 

Team News

Mitchell Marsh is likely to be available for this match. 


AUS vs AFG Probable 11

AUS Playing 11

  • David Warner
  • Travis Head
  • Steve Smith
  • Marnus Labuschagne
  • Mitchell Marsh
  • Josh Inglis (Wk)
  • Cameron Green
  • Pat Cummins (C)
  • Josh Hazlewood
  • Mitchell Starc
  • Adam Zampa

AFG Playing 11

  • Rahmanullah Gurbaz
  • Ibrahim Zadran
  • Rahmat Shah
  • Hashmatullah Shahidi (C)
  • Azmatullah Omarzai
  • Ikram Alikhil (Wk)
  • Mohammad Nabi
  • Rashid Khan
  • Mujeeb Ur Rahman
  • Naveen ul-Haq
  • Fazalhaq Farooqi
This is not the official playing 11 for the match. This is a prediction of the expected playing 11 for each team based on the writers analysis.

Dream11 Prediction

We are backing Australia to win this match. While Afghanistan’s performance in this World Cup has been very inspiring, we feel that they are no match for the mighty Australians. Also, Australia has never lost any international fixture in any format against Afghanistan, and we expect them to maintain that record. 


Top Picks

David Warner: Warner is in red-hot form in this tournament and has scored 428 runs at a strike rate of 111.74. He has scored 2 centuries and a half-century in his last 4 innings.

Adam Zampa: Adam Zampa is the leading wicket-taker of this tournament. He has picked up at least 3 wickets in each of his last 5 outings.

Azmatullah Omarzai: Omarzai is shaping up as a genuine all-rounder for Afghanistan. He has scored 234 runs at a strike rate of 99.15 and has also picked up 5 wickets. 


AUS vs AFG Dream11 Team 1

Keeper: R Gurbaz

Batters: D Warner (C), T Head, H Shahidi, I Zadran, M Labuschagne

All-rounders: A Omarzai

Bowlers: A Zampa (VC), Rashid-Khan, M Starc, P Cummins

AUS vs AFG Dream11 Prediction - OCB Team Prediction