Pakistan vs Afghanistan World-Cup 2023: Battle of Spin Dominance in Chennai

Pakistan vs Afghanistan World-Cup 2023: Battle of Spin Dominance in Chennai
Pakistan vs Afghanistan World-Cup 2023: Battle of Spin Dominance in Chennai
Pakistan vs Afghanistan World-Cup 2023: Battle of Spin Dominance in Chennai
Pakistan vs Afghanistan World-Cup 2023: Battle of Spin Dominance in Chennai

Pakistan vs Afghanistan World-Cup 2023: Battle of Spin Dominance in Chennai

Pakistan vs Afghanistan World-Cup 2023: Battle of Spin Dominance in Chennai.image/PTI

Clash of Titans in Chennai

After enduring tough losses in their previous two encounters, Babar Azam-led Pakistan will look to return to winning ways when they meet Afghanistan in Chennai on Monday. Pakistan currently occupies the fifth spot on the points table, while Afghanistan is placed last, having won just one match out of the four they’ve played so far. While Pakistan does appear as favorites on paper, things may not be as easy on the field given the Chepauk track, which has a reputation for assisting spinners.

The Spin Challenge

Going by this factor and Afghanistan’s promising spin attack led by Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Mohammad Nabi, a mighty test awaits for Babar Azam and Co. at Chepauk. Afghanistan, on the other hand, will be high on confidence having already stunned defending champions England earlier in the tournament.

Key Stats Ahead of the Game

As both teams prepare for the clash, let’s take a look at some of the key stats ahead of the game.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD OVERALL

Pakistan holds the edge over Afghanistan in the overall head-to-head record in ODIs. The two sides have met seven times previously, and Pakistan has emerged victorious on all occasions.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD WORLD CUP

The two sides have met once in the showpiece event, which was in the previous edition held in England. Then both sides had engaged in a low-scoring thriller, which Pakistan eventually won by three wickets.

LAST 5 MEETINGS:

Pakistan has emerged victorious in the previous five contests, the most recent being the three-match ODI series, which was played in Sri Lanka ahead of the Asia Cup.

Current Form

Afghanistan: LWLLL

Pakistan: LLWWL

Chennai’s Lucky Charm for Pakistan

Did you know? Pakistan has only ever played two ODIs in Chennai, both against India. They won each time, in 1997 and 2012.

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