After two upsetting defeats, Afghanistan gear up for their third match against New Zealand.
The table-toppers on the other hand will seek to steal 2 more points in this game. New Zealand has showcased what they’re capable of doing and why they’re considered as the favourites in this Tournament. The NZ team has won both their initial matches with ease and had all its players chipping in, as and when required.
Afghanistan are currently at the bottom of the table and have lost their first couple of matches. The squad has, however, impressed everyone as they showed a positive approach towards the game and gave it all they had.
Both the teams pack players with big potential, who will be expected to play crucial roles for their teams in this match.
Afghanistan (Probable XI): Mohammad Shahzad(w), Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib(c), Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Hamid Hassan.
New Zealand (Probable XI): Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (WK), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matthew Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.
Rashid Khan vs Kane Williamson
Former team mates, now foes; Williamson and Rashid have shared the locker room before as the maestros played for the same team (Sunrisers Hyderabad) in the ever famous Indian Premier League.
They duo probably know each others strengths and weaknesses, which will be crucial for this match. However, it doesn’t change the fact that this is still a battle that is anticipated to be one of the best in terms of quality. The battle of skill, will be tested out as both the ace cards take on each other in this match.
Rashid is currently the No.1 ranked ICC All-Rounder and ranked 2nd on the bowlers list. The 20 year old is having the run of his life as he has picked a total of 128 wickets in just 60 matches with an average of just 15, in ODIs. He isn’t just a wicket taker but also a bowler with a tremendous economy rate (3.92).
Williamson, on the other hand, is ranked 2nd in the Test Rankings and 13th in ODIs, currently. The Kiwi skipper has played 141 ODIs and has scored close to 6ooo runs with an average of 45 and has a s/r of 85 in ODIs.
Najibullah Zadran vs Matt Henry
This Afghani batsman has been showing quite a character with his game. The 26 year old scored a fought-hard half century against Australia in their opening match and then went ahead with a fighting 41 against Sri Lanka, both ending in losing causes.
Najibullah has played 58 ODIs for Afghanistan, in which he has over 1300 runs, with an average of 31 and s/r of 90. The left hander will be looked upon to play a crucial knock again, to help his side register a good total.
Matt Henry is having a good run in the tournament so far as the 27 year has picked up 7 wickets in just two matches. Henry ranks currently ranks 10th in the ICC ODI bowlers list. With 85 wickets in 45 matches, Henry is a wicket taking option for the Kiwis.
With an economy of just over 5 and average of 24, Henry will be expected to upset the Afghani batting line up and continue his exceptional World Cup run.
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Team CricWizz believes that New Zealand will win this battle out right, leaving Afghanistan behind by miles.
Afghanistan might, however, fight back with their bowling options, but will fall short against the current in-form Kiwi batsmen. New Zealand will continue their winning streak and steal away easy points, to remain on the top of the table.
The Afghani spin-twins; Rashid and Mohammad Nabi, are expected to display another spinning tale and give New Zealand some competition.
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