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PAK vs AFG Pitch Report: The 22nd Match of the World Cup will be held in Chepauk between Afghanistan and Pakistan

Today the 22nd match of the ODI World Cup 2023 will be played between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Both the teams will clash today at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. If Pakistan wants to remain in the tournament, it will have to defeat Afghanistan on the Chepauk pitch. After losing to India and Australia in the last two matches, Pakistan will have to win this match at any cost to keep their hopes alive. Another defeat will be a huge blow to its chances of reaching the semi-finals. What will happen to Pakistan in Chepauk?

PAK vs AFG Pitch Report

This match between Pakistan and Afghanistan will be played from 2 pm Indian time. The pitch of MA Chidambaram Stadium is considered quite balanced. This helps both the batsman and the bowler. The pitch is expected to remain dry and spinners can get a lot of help here. Here, as the match progresses, the wicket becomes a little slow and it becomes very difficult for the batsmen to hit shots. On this pitch, the team winning the toss prefers to bat first. In the last match played on this ground, New Zealand won the match against Afghanistan by batting first.

The biggest threat to Pakistan

Afghanistan’s spin department is very strong which includes spinners like Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman who are capable of troubling even the world’s leading batsmen. In such a situation, it will not be easy for Pakistan to face these bowlers on the pitch of Chepauk which is suitable for spinners. Pakistan currently has four points from four matches and is placed fifth in the points table. His net run rate is -0.456 which needs improvement.

MA Chidambaram Stadium Statistics

So far 39 ODI matches have been played at MA Chidambaram Stadium. During this period, the team batting first has won 15 matches and the team batting later has won 20 matches. The average score while batting first on this ground is 235 runs. At the same time, the average score while batting later is 218 runs.

Total ODI Matches: 37

Matches won batting first: 18

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Matches won bowling first: 18

Average first innings score: 226

Average second innings score: 204

Highest total scored: 337/7 by Asia XI vs Africa XI

Highest score chased: 291/2 by West Indies vs India

Lowest total recorded: 69 all out by Kenya vs New Zealand

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Lowest total defended: 171 all out by England vs South Africa

Squads of both the teams for World Cup 2023

Afghanistan: Hashmatullah Shahidi (captain), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hasan, Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Alikhil (wk), Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Noor Ahmed, Fazalhaq Farooqui. , Abdul Rehman and Naveen Ul Haq.

Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul Haq, Abdullah Shafiq, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Salman Ali Aga, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen. Afridi and Mohammad Wasim.

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