The UAE and Afghanistan are going to battle it out in the first T20I at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi for the 1st T20I.
Furthermore, this is going to be a very thrilling match for the fans as both teams have a huge fanbase.
Looking at past encounters, then the UAE has the upper hand over Afghanistan in T20Is.
Therefore, they will be pretty sure of winning the first game on the 16th against Afghanistan.
Afghanistan will have to up its ante against the UAE if they want to win this game.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan has won only one T20I game against the UAE while the hosts have won two.
Thus, a great game awaits in Abu Dhabi on the 16th of February.
Match: UAE vs Afghanistan, 1st T20I
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Date: 16th February 2023
Time: 7:30 PM IST
The pitch at Sheikh Zayed Stadium is a balanced one for both batters and bowlers. Moreover, the team who wins the toss here will look to bat first. Additionally, pacers will have a little bit of help in the initial overs. In the middle overs, spinners will look to dominate. An overall view says that it is a batting-friendly pitch. That’s why the first T20I between these two sides will see a high-scoring game.
Full Squads for United Arab Emirates vs Afghanistan, 1st T20I
United Arab Emirates
Alishan Sharafu, Ansh Tandon, CP Rizwan, Muhammad Waseem, Aayan Afzal Khan, Basil Hameed, Fahad Nawaz, Rohan Mustafa (c), Sanchit Sharma, Zawar Farid, Vriitya Aravind (wk), Junaid Siddique, Palaniapan Meiyappan, Muhammad Jawad Ullah, Akif Raja, Zahoor Khan
Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Sediqullah Atal, Azmatullah Omarzai, Gulbadin Naib, Karim Janat, Rahmat Shah, Shahidullah, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Afsar Zazai (wk), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Abdul Rahman, Bilal Sami, Fareed Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Nangeyalia Kharote, Naveen-ul-Haq, Nijat Masood, Noor Ahmad, Rashid Khan (c), Zahir Khan
Probable Playing XI for United Arab Emirates vs Afghanistan, 1st T20I
United Arab Emirates
Vriitya Aravind (wk), Fahad Nawaz, Ansh Tandon, Alishan Sharafu, Basil Hameed, Muhammad Waseem, Rohan Mustafa (c), Aayan Afzal Khan, Junaid Siddique, Palaniapan Meiyappan, Akif Raja
Afsar Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Najibullah Zadran, Ibrahim Zadran, Karim Janat, Rahmat Shah, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Azmatullah Omarzai, Fareed Ahmad, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rashid Khan (c)
From past records and team combinations, the UAE look the probable winners of this match.
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