After whitewashing hosts Zimbabwe in the 3-match ODI series, Afghanistan are now on the verge of a clean sweep in the T20Is. Having taken an unassailable 2-0 lead, Afghanistan will take on hosts Zimbabwe in the third and final ODI on Tuesday, June 14. The match is scheduled to start from 4:30 PM IST at the Harare Sports Club.
Playing a T20I match in Zimbabwe for the first time after October 2015, Afghanistan won the first T20I by six wickets before following it with a 21-run win in the second T20I. Notably, Zimbabwe have won just one T20I match against Afghanistan till date. Also, Zimbabwe are tenth on the list of ICC T20I rankings for teams. Zimbabwe are occupying the 12th spot.
As we gear up for the third T20I, I have brought you the best three betting tips from the ZIM vs AFG third T20I head-to-head encounter.
Mentioned below is the top team bet from the ZIM vs AFG head-to-head contest.
Afghanistan have scored over 42.5 runs in both their previous T20I matches against Zimbabwe but they lost three wickets while doing so in the second T20I. Afghanistan in their last five matches have registered scores of 51/ 3, 57/0, 34/1, 29/4 and 23/3 in the first six overs. It's clear that Afghanistan has found it difficult to score against a quality opposition like Bangladesh and New Zealand.
Afghanistan are used to the Zimbabwe conditions and the Bangladesh bowlers, but they are most likely to score under 42.5 runs this time. Zimbabwe bowlers are also very much aware of the Afghanistan batters. That's the same reason why they picked three wickets in the first six overs of the previous match. Openers Hazratullah Zazai and Rahmanullah Gurbaz scored 45 off 26 and 33 off 36 in the first match. In the second match, Zazai scored 18 off 13 and Gurbaz one off four. Usman Ghani, the next man in was almost dismissed for 2 off 6. Zimbabwe bowlers are clearly getting better with their plans and they are expected to come all guns blazing in their quest to play for pride in Tuesday's dead rubber. Scoring over 42.5 runs in the first six overs will be difficult for Afghanistan in the third T20I.
If you feel the same, head over to Pari Match to grab the odds of 2.62 and place your bet on Afghanistan to score under 42.5 runs in the first six overs from the ZIM vs AFG head-to-head encounter.
Sikandar Raza and Hazratullah Zazai are my top two player betting tips for the ZIM vs AFG third T20I. Have a look at it for reaping the best returns.
Just like we predicted, Sikandar Raza top-scored for his team in the first T20I with 31-ball 45 as his team posted 159/8 after getting reduced to 66 for four in nine overs at one stage. In the second T20I as well, he scored 41 runs off just 21 balls. Raza is currently the second highest run-scorer in the series with 86 runs at an average of 43. On Tuesday it's very likely that Sikandar Raza will comfortably score over 14.5 runs against Afghanistan in the third and final T20I.
The all-rounder Sikandar Raza top-scored for his team with 145 runs at an average of 48.33 in the 3-match ODI series. He was the second highest run-scorer after Afghanistan's Rahmat Shah who scored 198 runs. Raza hit 67, 40 and 38 matches in his three outings at the Harare Sports Club, which will also host the T20I series.
However, the right-hander had struggled in the 5-match T20I series in May this year. The 36-year-old, who has scored 685 runs at an average of 15.22 in 49 T20I matches, could score only 75 runs from four innings at an average of 18.75. However, Raza has bounced back to form. Also, the Pakistan-born carries an average of 29.09 from 12 matches against Afghanistan. He has scored 320 runs against Afghanistan with a top score of 59. His last five T20I innings against Afghanistan have seen him score 45, 41, 41*, 15 and 22.
Considering Sikandar Raza's current form and his decent T20I record against Afghanistan, we expect him to score at least 14.5 runs against Afghanistan in the first T20I. If you feel the same, proceed to Pari Match and pick the odds of 1.87 for Sikandar Raza to score over 14.5 runs from the ZIM vs AFG head-to-head encounter.
Afghanistan opener Hazratullah Zazai is the third highest run-scorer in the tournament with 73 runs in two matches at an average of 36.50. He scored 45 off 26 in the first match, and 28 off 13 in the second match.
Overall, the 24-year-old has played a total of 24 T20Is and scored 800 runs at an average of 36.36. He has one hundred and three fifty to his name in the format. In his last three T20I innings, the southpaw has scored 28, 45 and 59*.
Hazratullah Zazai averages 29.25 against Zimbabwe. In his four matches against Zimbabwe, he has scored 117 runs. In all likelihood, Hazratullah Zazai appears to be scoring over 21.5 runs in the third T20I. Our affiliate partner Pari Match is offering the odds of 1.87 for the same. Move on to the official website of Pari Match and place your bets on Hazratullah Zazai to score over 21.5 runs from the ZIM vs AFG third T20I head-to-head encounter.
Afghanistan to score under 42.5 runs in six overs @ 2.62 (Pari Match)
Sikandar Raza to score over 14.5 runs @ 1.87 (Pari Match)
Hazratullah Zazai to score over 21.5 runs @ 1.87 (Pari Match)
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