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England will play Afghanistan in their first match at T20 Cricket World Cup 2022 this weekend. The teams will play on Saturday at the Perth Stadium to kick off their Super 12 campaigns in the Cricket World Cup. 

England are the bookmakers’ favourite to win the match and to start the Super 12 in fine form. The English played well in a warm-up match to prepare for the Super 12. England are one of the favourites to win the Cricket World Cup this year. 

Afghanistan are major underdog going into the game on Saturday in Perth. Like England, Afghanistan played well in their warm-up match before the start of the Super 12. Afghanistan defeated Bangladesh by 62 runs on October 17. Unfortunately for Afghanistan, their second warm-up match versus Pakistan was cancelled due to rain. 

The weather played a part in the cancellations of several warm-up matches. England were able to play their warm-up match versus Pakistan, as they won by six wickets. England and Afghanistan have played just two times previously in T20 cricket. Afghanistan are still searching for their first victory. Can they upset the heavy favourite on Saturday in Perth?

England vs Afghanistan Betting Odds

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England are heavy favourites to win against Afghanistan. Leading sportsbooks have the English at the best betting odds of 1/8 to win the cricket match. England are in a difficult group that also features New Zealand and Australia, the two finalists from the previous T20 Cricket World Cup. 

Sri Lanka are also in the group, which will make it difficult to finish in the top two. Only the top two teams advance from the six-team group to the semifinals. 

Afghanistan are at the best betting odds of 5/1 to shock England in the first match of the Super 12. Afghanistan have never reached the final of a T20 Cricket World Cup. England reached the final on two occasions, winning once and losing once in the final match. 

England are 10/11 to win the toss and Afghanistan are also 10/11 to win the toss. You will have a 50% chance of winning the bet. Jos Buttler is 11/2 to be the player of the match for England. The captain is one of the team’s key players and will be counted on to perform well if England are to win the tournament. Buttler is 13/5 to be the team’s top batter. 

Mohammed Nabi is 9/2 to be the top batter for Afghanistan. The 37-year-old currently plays for the Karachi Kings. The all-rounder needs to have a big day with the bat to help Afghanistan claim a first-ever win against England. 

England vs Afghanistan When is the match?  

England versus Afghanistan Super 12 T20 Cricket World Cup match will take place Saturday, October 22. The match will be played at Perth Stadium in Perth, Australia. The match will begin at 19:00 (7:00 PM) local time.  

The match will begin at noon UK time on Saturday. Cricket fans can enjoy lunch and T20 cricket on Saturday afternoon.  

What is England’s T20 World Cup fixture list?  

England will play five matches in the Super 12 across Australia. Fans will have the chance to watch the English team live across the continent at different venues.  

England vs. Afghanistan – October 22 at Perth Stadium

England vs. TBC – October 26 at Melbourne Cricket Ground

England vs. Australia – October 28 at Melbourne Cricket Ground  

England vs. New Zealand – November 1 at The Gabba 

England vs. Sri Lanka – November 5 at Sydney Cricket Ground

What is Afghanistan’s T20 World Cup fixture list? 

Afghanistan will play five Super 12 fixtures, with the aim of finishing in the top two places in Group 1.  

England vs. Afghanistan – October 22 at Perth Stadium

New Zealand vs. Afghanistan – October 26 at Melbourne Cricket Ground  

TBC vs. Afghanistan – October 28 at Melbourne Cricket Ground 

Sri Lanka vs. Afghanistan –November 1 at The Gabba 

Australia vs. Afghanistan – November 4 at Adelaide Oval 

England vs Afghanistan T20 Cricket H2H

England and Afghanistan have played only two times previously. The English are unbeaten against Afghanistan in their previous meetings. 

England scored an average of 169 runs in their two matches versus Afghanistan. They scored a maximum number runs of 196 and a minimum of 142 runs in the teams’ games. 

Afghanistan averaged 103.5 runs against England in their two matches. They scored a max of 127 runs and a minimum of 80 runs per game against England in the two previous fixtures. 

England vs Afghanistan T20 Key Players  

Jos Buttler will be a key figure for England on Saturday. However, he isn’t the only player that could step up for England. Moeen Ali will also be key to the England team’s performance. The Chennai Super Kings all-rounder is at odds of 10/1 to be the team’s top batter. 

For Afghanistan, Mohammed Nabi will be central to their performance. Fazalhaq Farooqi is a young member of the squad at just 22. He only debuted for Afghanistan in 2021.

Predicted teams:  

England: Jos Buttler (c), Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes, Tymal Mills, Mark Wood 

Afghanistan: Mohammad Nabi (c), Najibullah Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Azmatullah Omarzai, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Naveen ul Haq, Rashid Khan 

England vs Afghanistan T20 Betting Tips  

England are unbeaten in two previous T20 cricket matches against Afghanistan. The English should post a victory at the end of full-time. Afghanistan won their warm-up match against Bangladesh, but the English are a far stronger team and should post a victory in the end. 

Afghanistan should struggle to get through Group 1. England will be strong in Group 1 but will have to compete with Australia, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka to get through the group. England should straight well with a win in Group 1.