The Pakistan team is all set to take on Afghanistan in Match 21 of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 on Monday, October 23 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. They started off the tournament well winning their first two matches. However, they have lost their way a bit, suffering two consecutive losses. The Babar Azam-led team will be keen to make a comeback in the upcoming game.
On the other hand, Afghanistan lost to New Zealand in their last game. They have lost three matches and won one so far. They defeated England by 69 runs in Delhi, on the back of the spin twins’ great performance. In this article, we take a look at the key player battles as Pakistan takes on Afghanistan in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Key Player Battles for PAK vs AFG
#Imam-ul-Haq vs Mohammad Nabi
Veteran Afghanistan spinner Mohammad Nabi has an upper hand over Imam-ul-Haq ahead of the upcoming clash in the ICC ODI World Cup. 2023. The duo have faced each other in four ODI matches. Nabi has dismissed Imam-ul-Haq twice, conceding 64 runs in 93 deliveries, at a strike rate of 68.8. The Pakistan batter has managed 2 fours and a six but hasn’t really got going against Nabi.
#Mohammad Rizwan vs Rashid Khan
Mohammad Rizwan has been in great form in the ongoing ICC ODI World Cup 2023. He is the leading run-scorer so far scoring 294 runs at an average of 98.00. He slammed an unbeaten century in Pakistan’s record chase against Sri Lanka earlier in the tournament. Afghanistan will bank on Rashid Khan to stop the Rizwan juggernaut. Rizwan hasn’t been dismissed by Rashid in ODIs yet, however, he has a strike rate of only 42.3 against the spinner.
#Rahmanullah Gurbaz vs Shaheen Afridi
Rahmanullah Gurbaz is Afghanistan’s leading run-scorer in the ongoing ICC ODI World Cup 2023. He has scored 159 runs at an average of 39.75, including an 80 against England. He will be facing Shaheen Afridi in the upcoming match. The pacer has dismissed him once in three matches, conceding just 26 runs at a strike rate of 59. It will be an exciting contest between the two.