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Cricket World Cup 2023: AUS vs AFG Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: Australia vs Afghanistan, Cricket World Cup 2023 (Australia vs Afghanistan)

Date: November 7, Tuesday, 2.00 PM IST

Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Australia is scheduled to face Afghanistan in the 39th match of the ODI World Cup 2023 on Tuesday at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Australia has been successful in five out of their seven games, positioning them in third place on the points table. Afghanistan, on the other hand, has secured victories in four out of seven matches, currently holding the sixth position in the rankings.

Australia’s start in their recent match against England was shaky, losing two wickets for 38 runs in the first six overs. However, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne steadied the ship with a 75-run partnership before Adil Rashid dismissed Smith and Josh Inglis in quick succession. Labuschagne top-scored with 71 runs off 83 deliveries, while Cameron Green added 47. Australia reached a total of 286 runs in 49.3 overs.

During the chase, England’s batting order struggled, and they were eventually dismissed for a total of 286 runs, resulting in a 33-run defeat. Adam Zampa was the most successful bowler for Australia, taking three wickets for a mere 21 runs in his 10 overs.

Afghanistan, in their most recent game, put on a dominant performance, successfully chasing down a target of 181 runs set by the Netherlands in just 31.3 overs. Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi both contributed half-centuries to the victory. During the first innings, Mohammed Nabi played a key role by taking three wickets.

Ahead of the next game of Cricket World Cup 2023, here is everything you need to know to maximise your chances of winning cash prizes on MPL fantasy.

Australia team news and predicted XI

Team news: Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh are returning for this game, and it remains to be seen who are the two players who will make their way out. Steve Smith was reportedly suffering from vertigo, so he could be one among the two who will be benched.

Squad: Pat Cummins (c), Steve Smith, Alex Carey, Josh Inglis, Sean Abbott, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitch Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc.

Predicted XI:  1 David Warner, 2 Travis Head, 3 Mitchell Marsh, 4 Steven Smith/Marnus Labuschagne, 5 Josh Inglis (wk), 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Marcus Stoinis, 8 Pat Cummins (c), 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood

Afghanistan team news and predicted XI

Team news: Afghanistan are unlikely to make any changes to their playing XI. They don’t have any unavailability concerns either.

Squad: Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Alikhil, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Abdul Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq.

Predicted XI: 1 Rahmanullah Gurbaz, 2 Ibrahim Zadran, 3 Rahmat Shah, 4 Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), 5 Azmatullah Omarzai, 6 Ikram Alikhil (wk), 7 Mohammad Nabi, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Mujeeb Ur Rahman, 10 Naveen-ul-Haq, 11 Fazalhaq Farooqi

Pitch report and weather update 

The Wankhede Stadium has proven to be a batting paradise during the World Cup, with impressive first-innings scores of 399, 382, and 357 already recorded in the tournament. The venue has witnessed some high-scoring and exciting encounters, making it a favourable location for batsmen.

The weather in Mumbai will be warm and sunny with a maximum day-time temperature of 34 degrees Celsius. Rain is not forecast.

Head-to-head record for AUS vs AFG, match 39, Cricket World Cup 2023

Australia are unbeaten against Afghanistan in ODIs, having won all the three matches played between the two sides.

Five players to watch out for 

Here we list five players you can pick in your fantasy team for AUS vs AFG, match 39, Cricket World Cup 2023

Adam Zampa – bowler, Australia

Adam Zampa is the top wicket taker for Australia in the 2023 World Cup and also the second leading wicket taker in the tournament. Zampa has taken 19 wickets in seven games while also maintaining an impressive economy rate of 5.52. Against England in the previous game, he picked up three wickets while conceding only 21 runs. Zampa has overall played 92 ODIs for Australia, from which he has 161 wickets and at an economy rate of 5.53.

Rashid Khan – bowler, Afghanistan

Rashid Khan is yet to deliver as per the standards he has set for himself. Yet, he is the top wicket taker for Afghanistan with seven wickets in as many games. With the bat, he has not got much opportunities. This is a must-win match for Afghanistan if they still want to hope for the semi-finals, and Rashid will be hoping to deliver a match-winning all-round performance.

David Warner – batsman, Australia

David Warner is the leading run-scorer for Australia in the tournament so far, and overall the fifth leading run-scorer, with 428 runs in seven matches at an average of 61.14. He has scored two centuries and a fifty. With the kind of experience Warner brings to the table, he is a good pick for your MPL team’s captaincy for this game.

Marnus Labuschagne – batsman, Australia

Another batsman from the Australian team you can pick in your MPL fantasy team is Marnus Labuschagne, who has scored 272 runs in seven matches at an average of 38.85. He comes into this game on the back of a 71-run knock against England and will be looking to replicate the same in this do-or-die match. Labuschagne has played 45 ODIs for Australia, amassing 1540 runs at an average of 37.56.

Hashmatullah Shahidi – batsman, Afghanistan

The Afghanistan captain is leading from the front with the bat. He is the team’s top run-scorer with 282 runs in seven matches at an average of 70.50. He was unbeaten in all of his last three innings – 56* against Netherlands, 58* against Sri Lanka and 48* against Sri Lanka.

MPL XI for AUS vs AFG, ODI World Cup 2023

AUS vs AFG – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The Australia vs Afghanistan ODI will be televised on the Star Sports Network in India. You can also watch the game on the Disney + Hotstar app as well as the Jiocinema app. The match will begin at 10.00 AM IST on October 10.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks.

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.


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