The T20 series of 2022

T20 World Cup 2022: Ultimate Match Guide – Australia vs Afghanistan

Nov. 4, 2022

Key Fantasy Factors in play - AUS vs AFG

  • Adelaide - good batting deck
  • Injury scares for Aaron Finch and Tim David
  • Cameron Green could open and bowl a few overs
  • Rashid Khan's home ground in BBL
  • Fareed Ahmad could be dropped for Naveen-ul-Haq
  • Steve Smith can come in, but might only bat lower down the order
What works in Adelaide
  • Bowling full both with the new and old ball
  • Full length pace variations for pacers
  • Opening batters
  • Wrist spin
What doesn't work in Adelaide
  • Raw straight lines pace at back of length
  • Finger spin
This will be one of the tournament's best batting decks, making it ideal for David Warner to regain his form. Warner, arguably the greatest T20 batter in cricket history, came into this tournament on a roll, but has only managed scores of 5, 11, and 3 so far. You don't want to make the mistake of leaving him out on this deck, especially given his track record against legspin, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and in general, spin. D Warner vs Mujeeb Ur Rahman in T20s: Balls - 35, Runs - 61, Outs – 0, SR - 174 It could be his day if he can escape Fazalhaq Farooqi's early 2-over burst. D Warner vs L Pace in 20 overs cricket in Ov 1-4 since 2017: B - 238, R - 236, Outs - 12, Avg - 19.7, SR - 99.1 With the workload management of Marcus Stoinis and Mitchell Marsh always being a factor, Glenn Maxwell and, if selected in place of Aaron Finch, Cameron Green become important picks. Green will face Mujeeb up front, but if there is one deck in Australia where he can win, it is this one in Adelaide. A stroke of luck, followed by him rolling his arm over with the ball, could result in the pace bowling all-rounder scoring a game-changing 50 points. Stoinis is a risk in this game, especially if Australia chases: given the injury scare in the previous game, they may not bowl him. He could be useful just with the bat if Australia bats first. And, as we stated in the previous game, trust Adam Zampa. Legspin can be effective with the massive straight boundaries on this deck, and Afghanistan has a plethora of batters who are vulnerable to the bowling style, especially when they need to score quickly. Choose Rahmanullah Gurbaz for Afghanistan to avoid wasting a wicketkeeping slot on Matthew Wade, who bats at No.7 for Australia. At the same time, however, have Wade in one-third of your grand league lineups to ensure you don't miss out on a great wicketkeeping day where all he does is take three catches and one stumping to deliver a 50-point performance. Rashid Khan's BBL home ground, as well as his batting, make him a no-brainer today. As we predicted in our tournament preview, Afghanistan's best batting option is Ibrahim Zadran, but don't overlook Usman Ghani, who is now opening the innings in place of Hazratullah Zazai and can score 20-25 runs.

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Base Team: David Warner, Cameron Green, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Rashid Khan Differentials: Adam Zampa (40.5%), Cameron Green (2%) Top C/VC options: D Warner (20%), G Maxwell (38%) Differential C/VC options: A Zampa (5%)
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