The Australian cricket team will take on Afghanistan in Match 39 of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 on Tuesday, November 7 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. They are placed third on the points table with ten points from seven matches. They have won five matches and have an NRR of 0.924.
The Pat Cummins-led team defeated England in the last game. They are on a five-match-winning streak. Meanwhile, Afghanistan will be heading into the game on a three-match winning streak. They defeated the Netherlands in the last game. They are placed sixth on the points table with eight points from four wins, and an NRR of -0.330. In this article, we take a look at the key player battles for the Australia vs Afghanistan match in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Key Player Battles for AFG vs AUS
David Warner vs Rashid Khan
David Warner has been in great form in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. He is Australia’s leading run-scorer and the fifth overall on the table. In seven matches, he has scored 428 runs at an average of 61.14, including two centuries and a fifty. He will be facing spin maestro Rashid Khan in the upcoming game. Rashid Khan hasn’t had a great tournament so far. He has picked seven wickets in as many games. He will be keen to turn things around against Australia.
Hashmatullah Shahidi vs Adam Zampa
Afghanistan skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi will be looking forward to the upcoming battle against Adam Zampa. The duo has faced each other once in ODIs previously. Zampa dismissed Shahidi in that game. Talking about their performance in the tournament, Hashmatullah Shahidi has scored 282 runs at an average of 70.50. Meanwhile, Zampa is the second leading wicket-taker with 19 wickets from seven games.
Marnus Labuschagne vs Mohammad Nabi
Marnus Labuschagne played a fine knock against England in their last game. He slammed 71 runs off 83 deliveries, with seven boundaries. So far, Labuschagne has scored 272 runs at an average of 38.86. He will be facing Mohammad Nabi who won the Player of the Match award for Afghanistan in their last game. He took a three-wicket haul in the match, taking his wickets tally to six in the tournament.