Venue Details & Pitch Report - Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi

Average First Innings Score at Delhi in ODIs: 237

Batting First vs Batting Second at Delhi in ODIs: Win Bat 1st - 48%, Win Bat 2nd - 52%

AFG-ENG Players in the top 10 leading run-scorers list in ODIs: None

AFG-ENG Players in the top 10 leading wicket-takers list in ODIs: None

Ground Dimensions: The venue has straight boundaries of (70m) and short square boundaries (63m, 64m). ThirdMan-CowCorner (55m, 68m) and FineLeg-DeepExtraCover (56m, 74m).

Pitch Report: In the recent IPL season, the wicket at Delhi was mostly batting-friendly and chase-friendly.

In the recent pitches used during the World Cup matches, the wicket was flat, where runs flowed throughout the match and there was a nice covering of grass as well. Expect some seam and assistance for the fast bowlers. However, it is expected to be dominated by the batters. 

Predicted Playing XI - Afghanistan vs England, Match 13, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

Afghanistan: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (C), Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Naveen-ul-Haq

        Bench: Ikram Alikhil, Noor Ahmad, Riaz Hassan, Abdul Rahman

England: Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(C&WK), Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Reece Topley, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood

       Bench: Harry Brook, David Willey, Gus Atkinson, Moeen Ali

Fantasy Notes (AFGHANISTAN) - Afghanistan vs England, Match 13, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Prediction

Points to Consider

  • When Afghanistan played their last match vs India at this ground, we saw that it was a flat and great batting-friendly wicket. Against a strong batting unit like England, the Afghans will need to post a huge total on board to have any chance in the game.
  • England batters should feast at this ground which has proven to be high-scoring so far in the World Cup. If they bat first, it will be a risk not to load up on their batters as all of the batters have the potential to end up with a good score. 
  • On the other hand, if England is chasing, their top order will be expected to do much of the scoring and the lower order batters might have little to no impact with the bat. 
  • According to reports, Chris Woakes was down with an illness but has returned to training. If he does not play, David Willey might replace him in the XI, which will provide England with a left-arm pace trio of Willey, Curran, and Topley.
  • Mark Wood can be a good differential C/VC option due to his express pace bowling type which will trouble the Afghan batters. In the last match at Delhi, Jasprit Bumrah picked up 4 wickets and cleaned up the lower order of Afghanistan. 
  • Ibrahim Zadran vs Left Arm Pace; In ODIs: Inns - 8, Outs - 4, Avg/SR - 9/44; In T20Is: Inns - 12, Outs - 5, Avg/SR - 11/124. With atleast 2 and atmost 3 left arm pacers set to feature for England, this makes the Afghan opener vulnerable at the top of the order. 

Fantasy XI - Afghanistan vs England, Match 13, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Prediction

WK: Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow

BAT: Joe Root, Dawid Malan, Hashmatullah Shahidi

AR: Azmatullah Omarzai, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone

BOWL: Mark Wood, Rashid Khan, Reece Topley

C/VC: Dawid Malan, Joe Root

Differentials: Liam Livingstone (31%), Naveen ul Haq - bowl 1st (8.9%)

C/VC Alternatives: Jonny Bairstow, Mark Wood

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