Afghanistan vs Australia Prediction: Aussies can overpower opponents

 | Saturday 22nd June 2024, 10:41am

Saturday 22nd June 2024, 10:41am

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Despite more issues with the weather, Australia secured a win in their first Super 8s clash with a 28-run success over Bangladesh. Victory over Afghanistan in Kingstown on Sunday (01:30, Sky Sports Cricket) should then seal the Aussies’ place in the semi-finals.

Mitch Marsh’s men remain unbeaten in the tournament and they appear to be growing in confidence, as Australia seek a second World T20 title. Read below for my Afghanistan vs Australia prediction and all the latest team news.

Afghanistan vs Australia Betting Tips

  • Highest Opening Partnership - Australia @ 8/13
  • Australia Top Run Scorer - Travis Head @ 11/4

Team News

Afghanistan go into Sunday’s game having lost their last two matches – the final group game to West Indies and the opening Super 8s clash with India.

The selectors made one change for the India defeat, with left-handed batter Hazratullah Zazai replacing all-rounder Karim Janet. Hazratullah made just two runs and Janet could be recalled for this clash.

Australia made two changes for their opening Super 8s opener, dropping seamer Nathan Ellis and spinner Ashton Agar and bringing in experienced pace duo Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.

With Cummins named Man of the Match against Bangladesh, after taking 3-29, he is expected to keep his place for the Afghanistan encounter.

Afghanistan vs Australia Odds

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Australia are the strong 2/11 favourites to win Sunday’s Super 8s fixture and maintain their unbeaten record.

Underdogs Afghanistan can be backed at 18/5 to win and keep alive their semi-final hopes.

Highest Opening Partnership - Australia @ 8/13

In what is David Warner’s international swansong, the Australian opener appears determined to go out on a high with another trophy to add to the collection.

The 37-year-old has averaged 42.25 in his five innings to date and smashed an unbeaten 53 in the DLS win over Bangladesh.

Warner and Travis Head have opened throughout the tournament and the Aussie pair have averaged 35.4 in five matches.

In stark contrast, Afghanistan’s openers have made 13-0-8 for their first wicket in their last three matches.

Australia - highest opening partnership vs Afghanistan at 8-13

Australia Top Run Scorer - Travis Head @ 11/4

Warner has been impressive but he is not Australia’s leading runscorer in the event - that tag goes to his opening partner.

Travis Head has made 179 runs in his five innings in the tournament, including a quickfire 34 in the group game win over England.

The South Australian has scored 31-68-34*-34-12 to date, making him the fourth-highest scorer in this year’s World T20.

Head averages 32.11 in T20 internationals and has scored less than 22 just once in his last 12 performances in the shortest format.

That run of scoring has seen the 30-year-old, who scored 567 runs in this year’s Indian Premier League, move up to fifth in the world T20 batting rankings.

Travis Head top Australia run scorer v Afghanistan at 11-4

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