The Afghanistan U19 and Zimbabwe U19 are set to battle out against each other in Match 24 of the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2021/22. The AF-U19 vs ZIM-U19 encounter is scheduled to take place at Diego Martin Sporting Complex, Diego Martin, Trinidad on Saturday 22 January. Afghanistan Under 19 had a dominating win over PNG Under 19 in their first game by 135 runs. However, they were defeated by archrivals Pakistan U19 by 24 runs in their next game. Batting first Pakistan scored an average total of 239 with Izharulhaq Naveed picking up 3 wickets. In reply, Afghanistan remained short of the target as they could only put 215 on the board.
Zimbabwe Under 19 is also in the same scenario as Afghanistan Under 19. They started this tournament with an impressive win over PNG Under 19 by 228 runs. However, in the second game against Pakistan, they were outplayed quite easily by their opponents. Batting first, PK-U19 posted a total of 312 on the board with Alex Falao getting a five-wicket haul. In reply, the ZIM-19 batsmen could not handle the pressure and got bowled out for just 200. Brian Bennet was the top scorer for the team with 83 runs. It’s a must-win game for both sides to progress to the next round.
Time: 6:30 PM IST and 9:00 AM Local Time
Venue: Diego Martin Sporting Complex, Diego Martin, Trinidad
Where to watch: Star Sports Network and Disney+Hotstar
It’s a belter of a track for batting at the Diego Martin Sporting Complex. The batsman would be looking to score big on this track. However, there will be opportunities for the spinners in the game later. The team winning the toss would like to bat first and score 270+
Conditions will be pleasant throughout the AF-U19 vs ZIM-U19 contest. The temperature will be hovering around 22-24 degrees Celsius. There will be no interruptions in the game as the weather will remain clear. Clouds may come in the evening.
Top Picks for AF-U19 vs ZIM-U19 Dream 11
Ijaz Ahmadzai has scored 84 runs in 2 matches in this tournament at an average of 42 with the highest score of 45. He can be a good pick for your fantasy teams.
Suliman Safi has added 78 runs in 2 matches in this competition with the best score of 62. The skipper can be a game-changer for Afghanistan U-19.
Emmanuel Bawa has a century to his name in this tournament. In 2 matches, he has scored 105 runs at an average of 52.5 at a strike rate of 101.94. He is the most important batsman for the Zimbabwe team.
Brian Bennett has struck 106 runs in 2 matches in this tournament at an average of 53 with the best score of 83. In addition to this, he has also picked up 2 wickets.
Dream 11 Fantasy Team 1 For AF-U19 vs ZIM-U19
Batters – Allah Noor, Matthew Welch, Emmanuel Bawa (vc), Suliman Safi
Bowlers – Izharullahq Naveed, Noor Ahmad, Victor Chirwa
All-rounders – Brian Bennett, Ijaz Ahmadzai (c), Connor Mitchell
Wicket-Keeper – Mohammad Ishaq
Dream 11 Fantasy Team 2 For AF-U19 vs ZIM-U19
Batters – Bilal Sayeedi, Emmanuel Bawa, Suliman Safi (c)
Bowlers – Izharullahq Naveed, Noor Ahmed, Alex Falao
All-rounders – Brian Bennett (vc), Naveed Zadran, Ijaz Ahmadzai, David Bennett
Wicket-Keeper – Mohammad Ishaq
Probable XI for AF-U19 vs ZIM-U19
AF-U19: Bilal Sayeedi, Nangyalai Khan, Allah Noor, Suliman Safi (c), Ijaz Ahmadzai, Mohammad Ishaq (wk), Khaiber Wali, Izharullahq Naveed, Noor Ahmad, Bilal Sami, Naveed Zadran
ZIM-U19: Matthew Welch, Steven Saul (wk), Emmanuel Bawa (c), David Bennett, Brian Bennett, Connor Mitchell, Tashinga Makoni, Victor Chirwa, Tendekai Mataranyika, Mcgini Dube, Alex Falao
Who will Win- Match Prediction
Looking at the current form and team combination, AF-U19 is expected to win this game. However, the ZIM-U19 is also capable enough to do an upset and knock out AF-19 from this tournament.
Disclaimer: The team is built upon the author’s understanding, analysis, and instincts. You can choose your team by considering the points above and making your own decision accordingly.