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ICC World Cup Match Prediction for the Australia vs Afghanistan, this contest is coming in front of the mighty Indian crowd at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday (November 7).
Five-time world cup winners, Australia, has made a sterling comeback in this tournament after starting slowly in the beginning.
They are always a deadly team when it comes to the World Cups as they have won this campaign 5 times, most by any team in the world.
They are currently slotted at no three with four wins from 6 matches. The intimidating thing for the opposition is that they won back-to-back 4 games on the trot which gives an warning signal to the remaining oppositions.
Afghanistan on the other hand has surely punched above their weight and has sparked a surprise to many people, their victories against Pakistan and England are surely something that they must be proud of.
The biggest strength of Afghanistan lies around their spinners and whenever they have created an impact, and squeezed oppositions to a moderate score, their team has come out victorious
They are currently slotted at no six in the points table with three wins from six matches and have a pretty decent chance of top 4 if they manage to win these remaining games.
The Wankhede Surface of Mumbai is traditionally known for its batting-friendly nature but there is always some assistance for the spinners as well which can be capitalized by Afghanistan
A victory for the Aussies will make their chances of qualification stronger and a defeat for them could make things more interesting in the points table.
Australia vs Afghanistan: Head-to-head in ODIs
These two teams have met each other only on three occasions and the Kangaroos stole the show every time with their brutal domination it is quite obvious that Australia is a much better side as compared to Afghanistan constituting quality match winners.
They have also unleashed their domination against them in world cups as well having played twice and coming out victorious on both occasions.
It is quite surprising that these two teams have only met thrice in ODIs and evident that Afghanistan needs a lot of support in playing against top-ranked teams to improve their cricket.
Players to watch out for
These Aussies are known for turning their pro mode on whenever there is a World Cup around the corner. The left-hand stalwart David Warner is no different and has already scored 413 runs in this competition.
He is surely the one to watch out for on a true wicket of Wankhede. The dashing lefty announced himself in the tournament when he scored a dominant 163 on 124 balls against Pakistan and made a mockery of their bowlers at Chinnaswamy.
On a true surface of Wankhede, if he gets a good start, certainly can take this game away from the opposition. The ability to play longer innings and stay at the crease till the end is something that comes naturally to him which can be a sign of worry for opponents.
It is often said that whenever Glenn Maxwell bats, the whole world keeps an eye as he is such an elegant and destructive batter.
The 35-year-old right-hander is a treat to watch when he gets himself in the groove, the ability to play mind-blowing shots at all areas of the ground is so special about him.
He showed his destructive self against the Netherlands when he ridiculously decimated them by scoring the fastest 40-ball 100 in the World Cup.
The Wankhede surface can be tailor-made for players like him who play shots through the line and it also offers some sort of bounce which these Aussies love.
In modern-day cricket where batters have all their say with small boundaries and favorable batting conditions, the bowlers have a lot of hard work to do. Josh Hazlewood is one of those characters who has inspired people with his accuracy, and consistency in length.
The right arm quick is a serious threat to any opposition, especially with the new ball which does swing around earlier at Wankhede.
He has not set the stage on fire in this World Cup yet having only 3 wickets in the tournament but it all takes one good performance to get back all the mojo.
Australia is already shaping very nicely at the later stage of this tournament and if one of their main bowlers gets into a good rhythm, it will only make Australia more dangerous.
Rashid Khan is a superstar of not only Afghanistan but of entire world. He has proved his mettle in T20 cricket all over the world and is rated very highly around the globe.
The 25-year-old leg spinner is the heart and soul of his country and the people of Afghanistan keep a lot of hope from him.
It is visible that hopes of Afghanistan making it to the next round lie in the performance of their major triumph cards and he certainly is one of them.
He has taken 7 wickets in this tournament and has the guts to dismantle the Australian batting attack, most of these Kangaroos batters do not fancy playing leg spinners, especially the ones that come quicker through the air.
Australia vs Afghanistan: Match prediction
The 39th match of the World Cup 2023 will be an exciting one with Aussies coming into this game as favorites due to the existence of so many potential match winners.
On the other hand, Afghanistan in this competition is high on confidence after beating World Champions like England and Pakistan who were surely two of the favorites in this mega event.
We often pronounce this game with confidence and self-belief which the Afghani team would surely have plenty of at this point
The contest holds a lot of importance for Aussies as they would like to ensure and confirm their semi-final spot and the conditions of Wankhede might suit their batting.
Afghanistan takes a lot of pride in their cricket and surely it would be a statement of authority to many other nations if they manage to beat Kangaroos and make them more closer to the top 4.
Looking at the nature of the surface, it has been seen that teams batting first managed to put mammoth totals over 330 plus which puts them in a driving position.
If Aussies manage to go past the par score on that surface it would surely take the game away from Afghanistan.
For Afghanistan, it has to be restricting them to a score that could be within their range to chase. It has been noticed that Afghani batters have shown a lot of discipline in this World Cup with the bat and chased decent totals against Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Keeping all the strengths in mind it has to be Australia’s game to lose and Afghanistan would have to play out of their kin to beat 5-time world cup winners.