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Afghanistan Playing 11 vs England– ICC World Cup 2023, Match 13

Afghanistan takes on England in match 13 of the ICC World Cup 2023 in Delhi. The match starts from 2 pm IST as the Afghans are looking for their first World Cup win since 2019.

Afghanistan started this campaign with back to back losses against Bangladesh and India. They had a good opportunity to win the match against Bangladesh but played below-par cricket. Against India, they were blown away by Rohit Sharma’s breathtaking century.

Afghanistan are likely to be tested against England. Their next three matches are against England, New Zealand and Pakistan. The side has not been able to absorb the pressure and make enough inroads into opposition teams in World Cups so far.

Rashid Khan ahead of the game against India, spoke about the fact that Afghanistan not playing against high-quality teams enough is stopping their progress in World Cups. Against England, Afghanistan have only played in World Cups losing the two they played so far.

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Against India, their batters scored 272 which turned out not to be enough. A complete performance from the batters and bowlers is what Afghanistan needs against England to pose a challenge for them. In this article, we predict their likely XI against England.

Afghanistan Playing 11 vs England– ICC World Cup 2023, Match 13

Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK)

Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Image Credits: Twitter)

Gurbaz will open the batting. He scored a century in the warm-up game against Sri Lanka. Against Bangladesh, he scored 47 and scored 21 against India. He went past 1,000 runs in the last game. He has five hundreds in ODIs, the second-most by any Afghanistan batter.

Ibrahim Zadran

Aakash Chopra on Afghaniatan for ICC World Cup 2023
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Ibrahim Zadran will open the batting with Gurbaz. He was dismissed for 22 against Bangladesh. The Afghans are dependent on their openers to give them a good start and hence both Zadran and Gurbaz need to take their time. He is 56 runs short of 1000 ODI runs.

Rahmat Shah

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Rahmat Shah will bat at three. He scored 18 in the match against Bangladesh. Against India, he scored just 16. He will be playing his 100th ODI for Afghanistan on Sunday. He is among the experienced players in the side.

Hashmatullah Shahidi (C)

Hashmatullah Shahidi
Hashmatullah Shahidi (Credits: Twitter)

Shahidi will lead the side. He scored 80 off 88 balls against India and held fort at one end. However, he needs to rotate the strike and bat deep for his side. He will also need to be a lot more proactive as a skipper.

Najibullah Zadran

Najibullah Zadran
Najibullah Zadran. Credits: Twitter

The southpaw will slot in at five. He along with Mohammad Nabi are experienced middle-order batter. Zadran has played 92 ODIs and 94 T20Is for Afghanistan scoring close to 5000 international runs. He scored just two against India.

Mohammad Nabi

Mohammad Nabi PC
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Nabi will slot in at six. The experienced all-rounder needs to take responsibility with both bat and ball to guide Afghanistan to victory in the World Cup. He will be playing his 150th ODI. This is his third World Cup for Afghanistan. He scored 19 off 27 balls against India.

Rashid Khan

Rashid Khan T20I skipper
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Rashid Khan should bat at number seven. He scored just nine against Bangladesh. Against India, he scored 16 off 12 balls and took two for 57 with the ball. He is Afghanistan’s top wicket-taker in ODIs with 174 wickets from 96 ODIs.

Azmatullah Omarzai

Azmatullah Omarzai
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Omarzai can bat at eight. He is a lower-order all-rounder for Afghanistan. He batted at number five and scored 62 off 69 balls and added a century stand with his captain. He scored 22 off 20 balls against Bangladesh and bowled just two overs.

Fazalhaq Farooqi

Fazalhaq Farooqi
Fazalhaq Farooqi (Image Credits: Twitter)

Farooqi will lead the pace attack with the ball. He is Afghanistan’s most dependable seamer. He took 1 for 29 in five overs against Bangladesh. Against India, he went for 50 off his six overs.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Rashid Khan - Mujeeb Ur Rahman
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Mujeeb will be the third specialist spinner in the Afghanistan playing XI. He went wicketless against Bangladesh and India He is seven short of 100 ODI wickets. Mujeeb and Rashid will be key bowlers against England.

Naveen-Ul-Haq

Naveen-ul-Haq (PC-Getty Images)
Naveen-ul-Haq (PC-Getty Images)

Naveen concludes the likely playing XI for Afghanistan. He bowled five overs for just 31 runs against India but remained wicketless. He spoke about retiring from ODI cricket after the World Cup.

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