AFG Playing 11: The Afghanistan team will clash with the New Zealand team in their 5th fixture of T20 World Cup 2021. If they manage to win this game by a big margin, they are expected to make a strong case for themselves to enter the semifinals.
In the last fixture, they lost by 66 runs against the Indian team and would have a large scope of improvement in certain areas. The opposition posted a total of 210 runs on the board, with the Afghanistan bowlers having no answers to their skills. Then the batters tried hard but could only score 144 runs, with the key contribution of Mohammad Nabi and Karim Janat.
The Afghanistan team have been average in their performances in the T20 World Cup 2021. They have won against Namibia and Scotland, and were impressive against Pakistan, but displayed dismal performance against India. Now, it will be the turn of the New Zealand who will face them in the most crucial fixture of the Group 2.
If the Afghanistan team wins by a fine margin of runs, they will surely open the doors for the Indian team. While a big margin win will keep them in the hunt for being the second semifinalist from this group as well. The spinner Mujeeb Ur Rehman is expected to join the Playing 11 by replacing Sharafuddin Ashraf.
AFG Playing 11 (likely)
Afghanistan Squad: Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Karim Janat, Asghar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (c), Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Hamid Hassan, Fareed Ahmad, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Usman Ghani
WATCH NZ vs AFG LIVE on Star Sports TV Network and Disney+ Hotstar app. The Afghanistan team will be a confident side with many match winners in the squad. They are expected to play well and also secure victory in this match against New Zealand. The pitches in Abu Dhabi will be assisting the spinners in their cause, and players like Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rehman will be vital to the Afghanistan team. The cricket fans can watch New Zealand vs Afghanistan Match 40 of T20 World Cup on Disney+Hotstar, which is expected to be a close encounter between evenly contested teams.
1. Najibullah Zadran
The middle order batsman has been impressive in the tournament with his contribution. He has the ability to rotate the strike well and accelerate the team’s run rate in the final overs of the match. In 4 matches of the tournament, Zadran has scored 99 runs.
2. Mohammad Nabi
The captain of Afghanistan team will be looking to be proficient yet again with the bat and be handy with the ball. In the last fixture, Nabi scored 35 runs and has looked quite confident about his approach of taking the game deep and finishing well. Nabi has accumulated a total of 113 runs in T20 World Cup 2021.
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3. Naveen Ul Haq
The pacer can be one of the finest performers of this fixture due to his variations. In pitches like Abu Dhabi, the players having expertise in cutters are likely to be more useful. In 4 matches, Naveen Ul Haq has 5 wickets, but has to leak less runs.
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4. Rashid Khan
The best bowler of the Afghanistan team for the past 1-2 years can be the vice captain of your team due to his consistency. Rashid has been terrific to keep picking wickets and containing runs and helping the team to win the matches. He has a total of 7 wickets in the tournament.
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