Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe Test series 2020-21 – 1st Test

Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe Test series 2020-21 – 1st Test

Venue:

Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi is the home ground for the Afghanistan for the series. The home side is Afghanistan and visiting team is Zimbabwe for the series. The teams played first ever test series against each other.

1st Test:

First meeting of the series of two Test matches between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe is going to be played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.

Zimbabwe vs Afghanistan History:

This is first visit for the visiting team to play test series with the home side.

Points and Rankings:

The series is the comparison between the ninth rank (Afghanistan) and eleventh rank (Zimbabwe) team. The host is way ahead (39 points) of the visitors.

In case, the home team will lose the series with the margin of 2 defeats, then the team will lose 45 points with 2 ranks down in the position. In case of winning the series with the winning margin of 2, the home team will earn 5 points without any impact on the rankings.

If the team will lose the series with the margin of 1 defeat, then the team will lose 36 points with losing 2 ranks in the position. In case of winning the series with the winning margin of 1, the team will lose 3 points without any impact on the rankings.

Drawing the series will cause the team to lose 20 points with losing 1 position in the position.

Last 5 (completed) match results of Afghanistan are LWWL -.

In case, the visiting team will lose the series with the margin of 2 defeats, then the team will lose 3 points without impacting the position. In case of winning the series with the winning margin of 2, the visiting team will earn 24 points with improving 2 ranks in the position.

If the team will lose the series with the margin of 1 defeat, then the team will earn 2 points without impacting the position. In case of winning the series with the winning margin of 1, the team will earn 20 points with improving 2 ranks in rankings.

Drawing the series will help the team to earn 11 points with unaffected ranking.

Last 5 (completed) match results of Zimbabwe are LDLLW.

Venue Weather:

Weather forecast of Abu Dhabi shows the weather would be pretty sunny throughout the match. There is almost no chance of rain, as the precipitation percentage would be from 1% to 5%. The temperature would be around 30s during the match. The wind would be between 15 – 33 km/h.

Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium

Toss and Pitch:

Teams preferred to bat first after winning the toss, which happened 10 times out of 13 games, and the selection highly favored the teams, as the teams won 8 times and lost just once with a draw (1 draw).

Last 5 (completed) match results at the venue, when the team chose to bat first, are WWWWW.

After 2013, the teams always chose to bat first after winning the toss.

On the other hand, the teams who chose to field first, neither win and nor lose the game with 3 draws.

Last 5 (completed) match results at the venue, when the team chose to field first, are DDD – -.

Interestingly, the team, who chose to field first after winning the toss, was Pakistan only, all 3 times.

The longest streak without a draw at the venue was 5 matches between 2015 to Present.

Overall, 8 times the teams won the toss, won the matches and lost just once (1 time) with 4 draws.

Last 5 (completed) match results at the venue, while winning the toss, are WWWWW.

Particularly, for Afghanistan, the team will play the first game at the venue.

The first batting team won the matches 8 times. Whereas, the teams, who batted second, won the matches just once with 4 draws.

Last 5 (completed) match results at the venue, while the team bat first, are WWWWW.

Score:

The lowest defended total was 136 in 2017, and the highest successful chase 40 in 2013.

The first inning lowest total was 153 in 2018, and the highest total was 584 runs in 2010. For the second inning, the lowest total was 145 in 2018, whereas the highest was 598 runs in 2015. For the third inning, the lowest total was 138 in 2017, whereas the highest was 483 runs in 2011. And for the fourth inning, the lowest total was 72 (completed innings) in 2012, whereas the highest was 322 runs in 2016.

The batting average of the first innings is 40.77 and 36.67 is for the second innings. The batting average of the third innings is 38.92, and 20.94 is for the fourth innings.

Test History Between the Teams at the Venue:

Both the teams never faced each other on the venue. The upcoming encounter will be the first outing between the teams.

Teams’ Test History at the Venue:

Both the teams will play the first game at the venue.

Tentative XI for both the Teams:

Afghanistan:

The host would prefer to go with 3 pacers with a spinner combination, as the team have a spin all-rounder.

Afghanistan Eleven: I. Zadran, J. Ahmadi, R. Shah. H. Shahidi, A. Afghan, N. Jamal, A. Zazai, F. Farooqi, M. Saleem, A. Hamza, Y. Ahmadzai

Zimbabwe:

The visitors would also prefer to have combination of 3 pacers and a spinner, as the team has number of spin batting all-rounders.

Zimbabwe Eleven: P. Masvaure, K. Kasuza, W. Madhevere, R. Burl, S. Williams, S. Raza, R. Chakabva, D. Tiripano, B. Mavuta, B. Muzarabani, V. Nyauchi

*Notes: the result of the most recent match is at the left.
*Notes: D means draw in “last five series results”.