Asia Cup 2018, Pakistan vs Afghanistan Preview: Pakistan cricket team is set to take on Afghanistan in the super-four clash of the Asia Cup 2018 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on Friday. Afghanistan head into the match on a positive after a crushing victory against Bangladesh by 136 runs and also defeating Sri Lanka. Also Read - Two Occasions When Hardik Pandya Felt His International Career is Over
On the other hand, Pakistan have won one and lost one so far in the tournament, after inflicting a thumping defeat on Hong Kong but losing just as badly against team India. Also Read - PM Imran Khan Congratulates Sarfaraz Ahmed-Led Pakistan Cricket Team For Win in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Hails Afghanistan For Showing Grit And Determination
Pakistan will look to overcome their shortcomings from the previous fixture in order to gain victory against the in-form Afghanistan. When it comes to the head-to head meetings between the two teams, Pakistan have an immaculate record in track, losing none of the games played against the Afghans. Their last fixture was all the way back in 2014 Asia Cup, where Pakistan set a target of 248 and finished off the Blue Tigers in 176. Also Read - ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Match 36 Report: Imad Wasim's All-Round Brilliance Keeps Pakistan Semifinals Hopes Alive, Beat Afghanistan by 3 Wickets at Headingley
Here are the highlights from Pakistan vs Afghanistan match in the 2014 Asia Cup at Fatullah:
However, the Pakistani side will be wary of Afghanistan’s hot form this time, who will be looking to avenge their previous loss as they go head to head one more time at 5 pm IST on Friday.
Pakistan Possible Playing XI: Sarfraz Ahmed (C), Asif Ali or Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Usman Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik.
Afghanistan Possible Playing XI: Asghar Afghan (C), Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammad Shahzad, Ihsanullah Janat and Rahmat Shah.