Two group stage wins should ideally mean just two
group stage wins. But in a tournament where they stand to play five more matches,
and at least three, the post-match celebration was not as clear with their
clinical and clean performances on the field.
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Huddles, selfies, smiles - it all pointed out that a win over New Zealand meant more than just a win for this side. Coming into the showpiece event with thunder in the background, Pakistan now finds itself in a comfortable position, even after the kind of start they are touted as one of the favorites.
They have displayed tactical knowledge and fine application to familiar conditions in the UAE to outperform possibly their two strongest competitors in the group. And now comes a familiar challenge - not living up to its previous reputation of surprisingly underperforming. The slip-up could happen early Friday when they take on Afghanistan.
The Mohamed Nabi-led side may be coming into the tournament on the back of their turmoil, but the way they separated Scotland in the previous game after winning the warm-up match shows they meant serious business. Was and will be 'V' warns every other team participating in the competition.
He is familiar with the conditions in the UAE and his natural approach fits well on the slower pitches. With the performances of their spinners in the form of their aggressive openers - Mohammad Shahzad and Hazratullah Zazai - they should stand strong enough to pose a threat to Pakistan.
While the starters may not be great runners, the rest of Afghanistan's hitters - specially Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Najibullah Zadran - can test Pakistan's fielders at the big Dubai ground. Pakistan was flawless on the field against India, and against New Zealand, they were equally sloppy and spectacular.
Despite being the favorites to qualify from the group, Pakistan still has an obstacle or two ahead - with a big start in Afghanistan on Friday. Babar Azam has warned his team to control their emotions and focus on the next challenge. But will it be that easy for them?
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Afghanistan vs Pakistan match details
The match will be played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, the United Arab Emirates from 7:30 pm on Friday, October 29.
What to expect: The Due has played an important role in Dubai and will continue to do so, inspiring teams to like to chase in the competition. However, Afghanistan has had enormous success batting first and setting goals, winning 20 of the 24 matches since the last World T20.
The two teams Squads are as follows:
Afghanistan: Mohammad Nabi (Captain), Rashid Khan, Najibullah Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Usman Ghani, Naveen-ul-Haq, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Mohammad Shahzad, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Gulbadin Naib, Karim Janat, Hamid Hassan, Fareed Ahmed.