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New Zealand vs Afghanistan, ICCWCT20 2021, Today Match Prediction

Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE

125/2 in 18.1

6.88 Team Logo

124/8 in 20.0

6.20
SCORECARD

Toss Winner - Afghanistan won the toss and chose to bat first

New Zealand beat Afghanistan by 8 wickets

THE FINAL NAIL ON THE COFFIN FOR GROUP 2 QUALIFICATION

  • New Zealand have 6 points from 4 matches with 3 wins in their last 3 matches.  
  • Afghanistan have 4 points from 4 matches and a massive NRR of +1.481.
  • Afghanistan and New Zealand face off for the first time in the T20Is.

New Zealand will win the match

Tournament: ICC Mens T20 World Cup 2021 | Format: T20 | Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE | Toss: To Bat

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Name
ENG
AUS
RSA
SL
WI
BAN
M
Won
Lost
Tied
NR
PTs
NRR
5
4
1
0
0
8
2.464
5
4
1
0
0
8
1.216
5
4
1
0
0
8
0.739
5
2
3
0
0
4
-0.269
5
1
4
0
0
2
-1.641
5
0
5
0
0
0
-2.383

ICC T20I World Cup`s Super-12 phase has come towards the finish with the last 3 matches and three teams (New Zealand, Afghanistan, & India) vying for the last spot in the semi-finals. New Zealand are well placed in the qualification race and a win will help them qualify for the semi-finals and close the door for the other teams. Afghanistan can qualify if they manage to win this match and India does not surpass them in terms of the NRR. And Afghanistan has better NRR than New Zealand so they will be eliminated if Afghanistan win this match. India will hope Afghanistan will win this match so they could have a chance going into their final super-12 match.

New Zealand Preview

New Zealand posted a good score of 163 runs from 87/4 as their fifth wicket partnership of 79 runs off 36 runs by the duo of Glenn Philips (39 runs) and James Neesham (35 runs). All their top-4 batters got starts with 15+ scores. Kane Williamson, martin Guptill, and Henry Nicholls have played good knocks to help their team win so far.  

Tim Southee and Trent Boult were economical and picked up 2 wickets each in the match. Mitchell Santner, James Neesham, and Ish Sodhi chipped with one wicket each as they bundled the opposition for 111/7 to win by 52 runs. Their bowling unit has been in good from and rhythm performing well as a unit in all matches so far.

Top players to bet on:

Glenn Philips – Phillips has scores of 33 & 39* in the last 2 matches and has played a crucial role in massive partnerships in both matches to lead their batting unit. We expect him to play yet another crucial knock in this match too.

Trent Boult – Boult has 8 wickets at an economy rate of less than 6 RPO in the 4 matches. He can be a deadly if the balls seams or swings early in the match and can set the tone of the match.

New Zealand Predicted Playing XI:

Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway (wk), Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult

New Zealand Key Players From Previous Game Of ICC Mens T20 World Cup 2021

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
G Phillips
39
21
1
3
185.71
J Neesham
35
23
1
2
152.17
K Williamson
28
25
2
1
112
Bowlers
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
T Southee
4.0
0
15
2
3.75
T Boult
4.0
0
20
2
5
M Santner
4.0
0
20
1
5

New Zealand Actual Playing XI:

Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, Devon Conway, James Neesham, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Adam Milne, KS Williamson, Martin Guptill, Ish Sodhi, TG Southee

Afghanistan Preview

Afghanistan ended with 144/6 in the steep chase of 211 runs in the last game. Mohammed Nabi (35 runs) and Karim Janat (42 runs) were the only players who looked comfortable at the crease. Hazaratullah Zazai, Mohammed Shehzad, and Najibullah Zadran must stand up with the bat to give them a good chance to win.

Afghan bowlers were thwarted all over the park for 210 runs in the 20 overs. Gulbadin Naib and Karim Janat picked up a wicket each. Rashid Khan will be expected to play a key role in this match and Afghan will hope Mujeeb Ur Rehman will return to the playing XI.

Top players to bet on:

Mohammed Nabi – Nabi has scores of 35, 32, 35* & 11* in the 4 matches played so far. He will look to continue his purple patch with the bat and can also give some vital overs with the ball in hand.

Rashid Khan – Rashid Khan is the trump card for Afghanistan in bowling and he has 7 wickets in 4 matches so far. He will look to trouble the kiwi batters in the middle overs to help his team win.

Afghanistan Predicted Playing XI:

Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Mohammad Nabi (c), Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Sharafuddin Ashraf/Mujeeb ur Rehman, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Hamid Hassan

Afghanistan Key Players From Previous Game Of ICC Mens T20 World Cup 2021

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
K Janat
42
22
3
2
190.91
M Nabi
35
32
2
1
109.38
R Gurbaz
19
10
1
2
190
Bowlers
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
G Naib
4.0
0
39
1
9.75
K Janat
1.0
0
7
1
7
M Nabi
1.0
0
7
0
7

Afghanistan Actual Playing XI:

Mohammad Nabi, Hamid Hassan, Karim Janat, Naveen-ul-Haq, Hazratullah Zazai, Rashid Khan, M Shahzad, Gulbadin Naib, Najibullah Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rahmanullah Gurbaz

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Weather Conditions

Abu Dhabi will have bright sunny weather with early 30 degrees on the match day. We expect no weather disturbances and dew might play a big role in the match.

Venue Details

Abu Dhabi is the best of the three pitches in the UAE and the last 3 matches played at here has scores of 189, 189, & 210 respectively. Batters will enjoy the ball coming onto the bat here. We expect scores in the range of 160-180 runs in this match.

Toss: To Bat

Afghanistan have predominantly opted to bat first while New Zealand have opted the other way around. Both teams might prefer to bat first as 4 out of last 5 matches are won by teams batting first.

New Zealand have a quality batting line-up with good contributions from the top-3 and their lower order have steered them to good totals despite collapse in the middle. They have a very settled bowling attack with good combination of pale and spin.  Afghansiatn batters have been little too aggressive early taking the attack to the opposition. And Spin is their strength with Rashid Khan their bowling spearhead. We expect New Zealand to win this match but Afghanistan might have an upper hand if the pitch helps the spinners even slightly.

New Zealand will win the match

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Author: Dhinesh Kumar