AUS vs AFG Live score, T20 World Cup: Afghanistan win toss, opt to field; no Aaron Finch

Australia vs Afghanistan Preview: The defending champions Australia need to win big to keep themselves alive in the T20 World Cup. The hosts need to make huge net run rate gains against Afghanistan to have any hope of reaching the semi-finals. But, even if Australia achieve both the things, it may not be enough. England could progress to the last-four instead if they beat Sri Lanka tomorrow.

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To compound Australia’s challenge, they could well be without skipper Aaron Finch. He spent almost all of Thursday’s training session on the sidelines, in conversations with senior players and coaching staff. He had claimed to be 70-30 to play and those odds dropped significantly as the day wore on. If he doesn’t play, Matthew Wade could step in as captain.

Afghanistan had entered the tournament as potential dark horses. But those hopes were dashed by rain and two poor batting performances against England and Sri Lanka. Watch out for Rashid Khan who plays for Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League. He has been unplayable at the venue in the BBL and the Aussies would be better off being watchful against him.


Australia Squad: David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Matthew Wade(w), Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Kane Richardson, Cameron Green, Ashton Agar, Steven Smith

Afghanistan Squad: Rahmanullah Gurbaz(w), Usman Ghani, Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi(c), Rashid Khan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Mohammad Saleem Safi, Darwish Rasooli, Naveen-ul-Haq, Qais Ahmad

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