New Zealand and Afghanistan will lock horns in the T20 World Cup Group 2, in what is a must-win match for both of them. The match will take place at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi on Sunday, November 7, at 3:30 pm IST (2:00 pm local time).
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New Zealand are on a three-match winning streak and are just a win away from reaching the semifinal. As for Afghanistan, they suffered a heavy defeat against India most recently but are still in contention with two wins in the four played so far.
Between the two, the Black Caps are by far the stronger side – let’s back them in our New Zealand vs Afghanistan betting tips and predictions.
New Zealand are heading into this match after a 52-run victory over Namibia this week. Batting first, the Kiwis posted 163-4 on the back of a concerted effort by all their opening batters.
Martin Guptill and Daryl Mitchell added 37 runs between them while the likes of Kane Williamson, Glenn Phillips, and James Neesham each scored 25+ runs.
With the ball, Trent Boult and Tim Southee made life difficult for Namibia with two wickets each. Mitchell Santner, Neesham and Ish Sodhi also got a wicket each on the tricky pitch of Sharjah.
New Zealand are currently placed second in Group 2 with six points and a net run rate of +1.277. Their NRR is still behind India’s and Afghanistan’s – both of whom are with four points each. This effectively means a loss for the Kiwis will knock them out of the competition but a win will seal the semifinal berth – irrespective of how India’s game goes.
Pakistan have already qualified for the final four which means there is no room for error here. All things considered, the Black Caps have the upper hand here. They have the experience, momentum, and a highly capable squad that has played more international cricket against quality teams than their Afghan counterparts.
New Zealand’s Likely XI
Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson, Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
Afghanistan Team News
Even though Afghanistan are still in the race to reach the semis, the equation for them is much more tricky with certain factors beyond their control.
For one, they will need to upset the giants that are New Zealand (and preferably with a much higher margin so they enhance their net run rate further). Secondly, they would hope for India to lose to Namibia (highly unlikely) or at least, win that match but not in a way that boosts their NRR.
Of course, this is easier said than done – Afghanistan’s two wins in the Group 2 Super 12 have come against the lowly-ranked nations of Scotland and Namibia. They have fallen to India and Pakistan – both of whom are highly-capable teams. So by the looks of it, New Zealand are likely to follow suit here.
That said, Afghanistan have racked up more cricket fans in the last few days than they had before. Even though a win over the Kiwis doesn’t guarantee a semifinal spot, it makes life easier for India – this is precisely what the whole nation is rooting for.
Most recently, Mohammad Nabi’s men fell to India by 66 runs in a brave attempt to chase down a target of 211 runs. Afghanistan made it as far as 144-7 with Karim Janat and Mohammad Nabi scoring the most runs.
For the upcoming game, it is yet to be seen if Mujeeb Ur Rahman is fit to play. The talismanic bowler has missed the last two matches and his presence in the team will go a long way in dealing the upset.
Afghanistan’s Likely XI
Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Shahzad, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Sharafuddin Ashraf/Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Hamid Hassan
Venue & conditions
We are in Abu Dhabi for this one where the conditions seem to be better primed for bowling. Seamers can benefit from the swing and batters will need to be careful in defending their wickets.
Being a day match, dew will have little role to play. And looking at how the games have gone here so far in Super 12, batting second seems to be the norm. However, if the first-inning score is upwards of 160 runs, then it is possible to defend the target.
2019 ODI World Cup runners-up, World Test Championship winners and now – a win away from reaching the semis in the T20 World Cup 2021 – New Zealand have established themselves at the forefront of international cricket.
This is a team that plays cricket as a unit and more often than not, relies on team effort rather than individual brilliance. They are nicely stacked in all segments – be it batting or bowling.
New Zealand’s experienced bowling line-up of Boult, Southee, Santner, and Sodhi can make life very difficult for Afghan batters – similarly, their batsmen can also handle any situations as evident and still score big runs.
However, Afghanistan have got all the support they need in the world and motivation is high for them to deliver the upset. It is a tall order and they have got the goods too, in the likes of Hazratullah Zazai, Rashid Khan, and others. It’s just that it is going to be incredibly difficult for them.
Expect an entertaining game of cricket.
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Martin Guptill is the highest runscorer for New Zealand this World Cup with 148 runs in four matches.
His 93 against Scotland was highly impressive and it seems that he is just getting started. The 35-year-old is one of the most experienced batters in the team and can very well repeat those heroics against Afghanistan too. In other words, it’s a bet worth backing.