Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update – Zimbabwe and Afghanistan tour of UAE, 2nd Test

Zahir Khan can be a good budget bowling pick.

Match Details:

The second Test of the two-match Test series between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe will be played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, on 10th March, Wednesday.

This match will start at 11:00 AM IST and 10:00 AM local time. It will be streaming on Fancode.


After losing the first match of their first ever 2-match Test series, Afghanistan will try to give their one hundred per cent when they will take on Zimbabwe for the second Test. In the first Test, it was mainly their batting unit that brought their downfall.

Zimbabwe’s batting was not impressive either, but such was the dominance of their bowling unit that Afghanistan could not reach the 150-run mark in either innings. Given the last game’s results and also the current form of both teams, Zimbabwe will start this game as the favourites.

AFG vs ZIM Weather Report for 2nd Test:

Like always, the Abu Dhabi weather will be perfectly fine for a game of cricket. The temperature will be around 28 °C with the sun shining bright in all the days.

Pitch Condition/Report:

The surface here in Abu Dhabi is a balanced track. Batsmen will just need to ensure that they spend some overs to find their feet and don’t jump the gun too early.

Average first innings score:

285 (Last six matches at this venue)

Record of chasing teams:

Won – 1, Lost – 5, Tie – 0

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Injury and Availability News:

Rashid Khan suffered a finger injury and could not play the first test, but he is likely to play in the second Test.

AFG vs ZIM Today’s Probable Playing XIs:


Abdul Malik, Ibrahim Zadran, Munir Kakar, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan (c), Afsar Zazai (wk), Zahir Khan, Amir Hamza, Rashid Khan, Yamin Ahmadzai.


Javed Ahmadi, Abduk Wasi, Shahidullah Kamal, Zia-ur-Rehman, Bahir Shah Mohboob, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Sayed Ahmad Shirzad, Wafadar Momand, Nasir Jamal


Prince Masvaure, Kevin Kasuza, Tarisai Musakanda, Sean Williams (c), Ryan Burl, Wesely Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva (wk), Donald Tiripano, Victor Nyauchi, Blessing Muzarabani,


Brandon Mavuta, Richmond Mutumbami,  Richard Ngarava.

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AFG vs ZIM Top Picks for Today’s 11Wickets Match:

Sean Williams was the highest run-scorer in the last game. While almost every other batsman struggled to get going, he scored a century.

Victor Nyauchi picked up 3 wickets in each innings of the first Test. Arguably, his most important scalp was that of Ibrahim Zadran in the first innings.

Regis Chakabva can be a decent budget pick. He was Zimbabwe’s second-highest run-scorer in the last game. Coming to bat at a crucial time where the visitors were facing a collapse, he steadied the ship by scoring 44 runs.

From the same team, Wesley Madhevere is another decent budget option. While he was dismissed for a duck in the last game, Madhevere has scored 227 runs in 6 ODIs at an average of nearly 40.

Rashid Khan is likely to be back in action for this game. The mystery spinner has picked up 23 wickets in just 4 Test matches, which includes three 5-wicket hauls.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain Options – Sean Williams, Ibrahim Zadran

Vice-Captain Options – Blessing Muzarabani, Rashid Khan

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Suggested Playing XI No.1 for  AFG vs ZIM 11Wickets Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Afsar Zazai

Batters – Rahmat Shah, Kevin Kasuza, Ibrahim Zadran, Asghar Afghan

All-Rounders – Sean Williams (C), Sikandar Raza

Bowlers – Blessing Muzarabani (VC), Victor Nyauchi, Rashid Khan, Amir Hamza

12th Man Wesley Madhevere

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for AFG vs ZIM 11Wickets Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Regis Chakabva 

Batters – Ibrahim Zadran (C), Rahmat Shah, Prince Masvaure, Wesley Madhevere

All-Rounders – Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams

Bowlers – Rashid Khan (VC), Blessing Muzarabani, Yamin Ahmadzai, Zahir Khan

12th Man – Afsar Zazai

Expert Advice:

Zahir Khan can be a good budget bowling pick. He has picked up 7 wickets in just 3 Test matches and has an average of under 35.

Today’s AFG vs ZIM Probable Winners:

Zimbabwe is expected to win this match.

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Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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