NZ vs AFG Prediction: Australia thrashed West Indies in spite of the latter putting up a respectable total. South Africa while winning narrowly against England failed to qualify for the Semis due to inferior run rate. England and Australia have qualified from Group 1.
New Zealand take on Afghanistan in the afternoon game at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi in a crucial encounter. It will not only decide the fate of the two playing teams but also that of India. New Zealand will go through along with Pakistan in case they win. Afghanistan will be looking for a big win.
NZ vs AFG Cricket Betting Tips
New Zealand vs Afghanistan
Match 40, T20 World Cup
7 November 2021, 03:30 PM IST
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
The match will be broadcasted live on Star Sports Network and it can also be streamed on Hotstar App. It will be available in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada. The matches are split into four venues- Muscat, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah. T20 World Cup will be broadcasted to almost 100 countries including all cricket-playing nations.
NZ vs AFG Head to Head: New Zealand and Afghanistan have never met earlier in a T20 International.
NZ – 70%
AFG – 30%
Barring the game against Pakistan, New Zealand have looked excellent and have won comprehensively in all the games. Afghanistan have lost against India and Pakistan but have shown lots of pluck. New Zealand are slight favourites to win this game and qualify for the semifinals.
Bet365: NZ: 1.36; AFG: 3.2
Kane Williamson has been the backbone of New Zealand batting and will have to battle against the quality spinners. Apart from being an astute captain, he has scored 1891 runs in 71 innings at an average of 32.
Trent Boult is a bowler to contend with in the shortest format of the game. He was instrumental in dashing India’s hopes of putting up a fighting total. He has picked up 54 wickets in 38 matches.
Mujeeb ur Rahman is a must-have for your fantasy teams. He has had a five wicket haul earlier in this tournament. He has 31 scalps in 21 matches at an economy of under 6.
NZ 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
AFG Playing XI
Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Shahzad (WK), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Gulbadin Naib, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (C), Karim Janat, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Hamid Hassan
Abu Dhabi has produced a great batting track in the last three games. Par or above par scores have been posted in the last three matches. It is by far the best wicket to bat on in this tournament. Batters should try to make the best of the powerplay overs. Team winning the toss might elect to field first.
If NZ bats first: 160-170
If AFG bats first: 150-160
Today’s weather at Sheikh Zayed Stadium will be the same as yesterday. There will be clear blue skies and a bright sunny day ahead. The temperature in the morning hours is around 26/ 27 deg C. It will gradually heat up and the maximum temperature by mid-day is expected to be 31 deg c and will remain so for most of the match duration. However with the sun shining hard, light winds and humidity in the range of 30-40% , it will feel like 33-34 degrees. The playing conditions though a little better than the beginning of the tournament will still continue to be a bit tough in the afternoon hours.
WICKET-KEEPERS: D Conway
BATSMEN: K Williamson, D Mitchell, H Zazai
ALL-ROUNDERS: M Nabi, M Santner, K Janat
BOWLERS: Mujeeb ur Rehman, Rashid Khan, I Sodhi, T Boult
Captain choices: I Sodhi/ Mujeeb ur Rehman
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