England will take on Afghanistan in the second match of the Super 12 stage at ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 at the Perth Stadium on Saturday (October 22).
England and Afghanistan have faced each other twice in the T20 World Cups (2012 and 2016), and on both occasions, the English side managed to register victories. Both teams would be eyeing a win and getting their campaign off to a flying start.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, there are 30-40% rain chances in Perth, most likely in the afternoon. Since the match is in the evening, there are high chances fans could see a full 40-overs contest.
The track at Perth stadium is likely to be bouncy and offer decent support to batters. Fans can expect a high-scoring contest.
England: Jos Buttler (captain & wk), Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes/ David Willey, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Afghanistan: Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Darwish Rasooli, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (captain), Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi
Current form (last five completed T20Is, most recent first):
England – WWWWL
Afghanistan – LLLWW
*W – Win; L – Loss
What they said:
“I think we’re a dangerous team who have players who can win games on their own, and that’s a huge thing in T20 cricket,” said England captain Jos Buttler ahead of the match.
“Nowadays, with the way that analysts, analysing games with regards to technology and that sort of stuff, I don’t think there’s much you can say that isn’t available,” said Afghanistan’s head coach Jonathan Trott.