AFG vs ZIM Dream11 Prediction, Probable Playing XI, Top Picks: 1st T20I

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AFG vs ZIM Dream11 PredictionProbable Playing XI, and Fantasy Cricket Tips. Afghanistan and Zimbabwe will play against each other in the 1st T20I of the three-match series at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.


After being defeated in the first match, Afghanistan made a good comeback and leveled the series by winning the second match. They will be now focusing on winning the T20 series, and they have players who have played a lot of T20 tournaments across the world.

The young wicket-keeper batsman, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, will open the innings for Afghanistan and has been scoring runs consistently in the T20 format. His opening partner Usman Ghani is also a decent striker of the ball. Karim 

Janat started as a bowler but was promoted up the order at No.3 due to his quick scoring abilities. In the middle-order, the experienced players, skipper Asghar Afghan, all-rounder Mohammad Nabi and the finisher Najibullah Zadran, will play a crucial role. 

The bowling unit is also well equipped with a mixture of experience and raw talent. The No.1 T20I bowler Rashid Khan, Nabi, and Sharafuddin Ashraf will handle the team’s spin department. The team also has good pacers in Naveen Ul Haq, Karim Janat, and Fareed Ahmad.

Afghanistan has been performing well in T20I’s, and they have a perfect chance of winning this series.


Even though Zimbabwe lost the last test, they have put up a good fight in the Test series, and many of them are expecting the same kind of intensity from them in the T20I series.

The experienced all-rounder Sean Williams will be leading the side and generally bats at No.3 for his team. Either Tinashe might open the innings for Prince Masvaure might debut in the T20I format. 

Wesley Madhevere and Sikandar Raza will be essential players who will handle the middle-order. Madhevere is a young all-rounder who has been impressive in the short span of his career, whereas Raza is also an all-rounder and has been playing cricket for a long time.  

The bowling attack is not much experienced, and the pace attack will be handled by Blessing Muzarabani, Donald Tiripano, and Richard Ngarava. But they can manage it by using their spinners, who are very good at picking up wickets, especially Sikandar Raza, Madhevere, and Williams.

It will be difficult for Zimbabwe to play against a team like Afghanistan in T20I’s, but if they show the same intent as in the Test series, they can also win the series.

Match Details

Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe 1st T20I, 2021

Date: 17th March 2021

Time: 03:30 PM IST

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.

Live score

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AFG vs ZIM Head-to-head

Total Matches Played: 9

AFG Won: 8

ZIM Won: 1

No Result: 0

Pitch Report

Average first innings score: 137

Average second innings score: 128

(The average score is based on 44 matches played here at this venue)

The pitch here is considered to be generally on the slower side. There have been very few high-scoring games here. Even though the pitch here is slower, the teams chasing tend to have more success at this venue. Spinners will play a crucial role.

(The chasing team at this venue has won 25 out of the 44 matches)

Weather Forecast

The weather will be clear skies, and there is no chance of rain during the match.

AFG vs ZIM Dream11 Team News

  • If there is any news regarding any player, then it will be updated.

Probable Playing XI


Rahmatullah Gurbaz (WK), Usman Ghani, Karim Janat, Asghar Afghan (C), Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Amir Hamza Hotak, Rashid Khan, Fareed Malik, Naveen-ul-Haq.

Bench: Ibrahim Zadran, Afsar Zazai, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Fazal Haq Farooqi


Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Kevin Kasuza, Sean Williams (C), Wesley Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Regis Chakabva (WK), Donald Tiripano, Wellington Masakadza, Richard Ngarava, Blessing Muzarabani

Bench: Prince Masvaure, Faraz Akram, Brandon Mavuta, Tarisai Musakanda, Richmond Mutumbami, Victory Nyauchi, Milton Shumba.

Top Picks for AFG vs ZIM Dream11 Team


Rashid Khan:

(48 M, 163 R, 14.82 A + 183 O, 89 W)

Rashid Khan is a right-arm leg-break bowler and can be handy with the bat down the order. He is currently the No.1 T20I bowler and a very good Captain choice in AFG vs ZIM Dream Team.

Mohammad Nabi:

(77 M, 1317 R, 21.95 A + 256.4 O, 69 W)

He is one of the team’s experienced players and is an all-rounder who is equally good with both bat and ball. Nabi will play a crucial role in the team’s middle-orde.

Rahmatullah Gurbaz:

(10 M, 332 R, 33.20 A)

He is a young wicketkeeper-batsman and opens the innings for the team. Gurbaz plays aggressively and provides an excellent start to the team.

Asghar Afghan:

(69 M, 1224 R, 20.75 A)

Skipper is a right-handed batsman and is a decent striker of the ball. Afghan provides stability to the team with his batting.

Karim Janat:

(24 M, 168 R, 12.92 A + 82 O, 24 W)

He is a right-arm medium-fast bowler and bats at any position based on the requirement of the team. Janat is mainly known for being consistent at picking up wickets.

Naveen Ul Haq:

(5 M, 19 O, 10 W)

He is a young right-arm fast bowler and bowls at a decent pace. Naveen has played only 5 matches but has managed to show consistency in his short career.

Najibullah Zadran:

(60 M, 976 R, 31.48 A)

Zadran is a left-handed batsman and plays attacking cricket. He is best in the role of a finisher.


Sean Williams:

(42 M, 882 R, 23.84 A + 132 O, 32 W)

Skipper Williams is a left-handed batsman and generally bats at No.3. He can also bowl a few overs of spin if required. S Williams is also very good Captaincy choice in AFG vs ZIM Dream11 Team.

Sikandar Raza:

(36 M, 442 R, 13 A + 56 O, 12 W)

Raza is an all-rounder and equally good with both bat and ball. He is one of the experienced players on the team.

Wesley Madhevere:

(5 M, 107 R, 26.75 A + 8 O, 1 W)

He is a young all-rounder and has performed well so far in the five matches he has played. Wesley can play big shots in the middle-order.

Blessing Muzarabani:

(9 M, 34 O, 13 W)

He is a Right-arm fast-medium bowler. He took 13 wickets in 9 T20I matches.

Donald Tiripano:

(13 M, 92 R, 13.14 A + 42.3 O, 11 W)

Tiripano is a right-arm medium-fast bowler and can also score some runs down the order. 

Wellington Masakadza:

(13 M, 42 O, 13 W)

He is a left-arm orthodox bowler. Wellington Masakadza has been picking up wickets consistently.

AFG vs ZIM Dream11 Prediction

R Gurbaz

W Madhevere, U Ghani, H Shahidi

S Raza (Vc), S Williams (C), M Nabi, K Janat

D Tiripano, Naveen-ul-Haq, Rashid Khan

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection

  • Rashid Khan
  • Sean Williams
  • Mohammad Nabi
  • Rahmatullah Gurbaz
  • Sikandar Raza

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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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