The middle-Asian derby is promising to be hot. Both teams were automatically sent to the Super-12 round due to a high rating: the Pakistani team was 3rd, while the Afghanistani squad was 7th before the T20 World Cup started.
Even though both squads won their previous matches, there were crucially different opponents. Thus, the Pakistan team won in another rivalry against India and overcame New Zealand, bowling first in both matches and leaving room for manoeuvring. Instead, after batting first, Afghanistan smashed Scotland (who won all three games in the previous stage) by scoring astonishing 190 runs. At the same time, their bowlers then destroyed opponents, letting them run only 60 times.
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If we look at the net run rate (NRR), the advantage of the Afghanistani team is crucial and promising. However, the level of the opponents isn’t comparable. Betting on the victory of Afghanistan seems to be an excellent choice with a coefficient of 3.4, while 1.33 for the opponent win is too risky. We can assume that Pakistan will bowl first again this time and won’t let their neighbours score more than 140 runs. In this regard, the total runs under 302.5 seem to be a nice choice with 1.83 too. Want to read more cricket predictions and don’t miss the attractive odds? Subscribe to cricket14.in and receive the latest updates to your email.