New Zealand and Afghanistan are set to cross swords in Match No.40 of the ongoing T20 world cup tournament 2021 on Sunday, November seven at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The Kane Williamson-led Black Caps are on a three-match run when having recovered from their initial defeat against Pakistan.
While a victory would facilitate them to qualify for the semi-final, a loss would knock them out of the T20 competition because of their inferior net run rate compared to Afghanistan and India the Afghans, placed fourth, also are in a very must-win situation when they unerect to a 66-run loss at the hands of Team India.
Match – New Zealand vs Afghanistan – Match forty
Venue – Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Time – 03:30 PM IST, 10:00 AM GMT
The pitch in Abu Dhabi has been a reasonably sporting one. The batters have gotten tons of runs; however, the bowlers have additionally extracted quite a bit off the surface. Batting 1st and putting runs on the board should be the popular possibility for each group in the crunch game.
Average 1st innings score: one hundred forty-five (12 T20Is in Abu Dhabi in T20 world cup tournament 2021)
Record of Chasing teams: Won – seven, Lost – 5, Tied – 0
PROBABLE TAKING PART IN XIS
- Martin Guptill
- Daryl Mitchell
- Kane Williamson (c)
- Devon Conway (wk.)
- Glenn Phillips
- James Neesham
- Mitchell Santner
- Adam Milne
- Tim Southee
- Ish Sodhi
- Trent Boult
- Tim Seifert
- Kyle Jamieson
- Todd Astle
- Mark Chapman
- Hazratullah Zazai
- Muhammad Shahzad (wk.)
- Rahmanullah Gurbaz
- Muhammad Nabi (c)
- Najibullah Zadran
- Karim Janat
- Sharafuddin Ashraf
- Mujeeb Ur Rahman
- Gulbadin Naib
- Rashid Khan
- Hamid Hassan
- Usman Ghani
- Hashmatullah Shahidi
- Fareed Ahmad
- Mujeeb Ur Rahman
- Sharafuddin Ashraf
New Zealand and Afghanistan are yet to face one another in T20Is.
PROBABLE BEST BATTER OF THE MATCH
Kane Williamson has not quite checked out his absolute best in the current tournament. The Black Caps’ skipper has scored only eighty-six runs at an average of 28.66 and a strike rate of one hundred. Despite his lack of form, one might expect him to try to score eighty-six well against the Afghans. Williamson is aware of Rashid Khan and Muhammad Nabi’s form of bowling and his expertise might be available in handy for the Kiwis.
Is the major contributor of runs for brand New Zealand during this tournament? The New Zealand opener has scored 148 runs in four matches at a median of thirty-seven, with a strike rate of 133.33.
Maybe a strong lad WHO will hit the ball laboriously if it’s in his zone. He has accumulated ninety runs in four matches during this tournament, at a median of 22.5 and a strike rate of 116.88.
PROBABLE BEST BOWLER OF THE MATCH
TRENT BOULT (NEW ZEALAND)
Trent Boult has been outstanding for brand New Zealand in the T20 world cup tournament so far. The left-hander is presently the leading wicket-taker for the Black Caps with eight scalps from four games. The economy rate of 6.25 suggests that the speedster has been ready to keep a check on the run-scoring. The Afghan batters have to be compelled to play Boult with a touch of caution.
Has gone wicketless in the last match against India, however overall, during this tournament, he has scalped seven wickets at an associate economy of 5.93.
PROBABLE BEST ALL-ROUNDERS FOR THE MATCH
Played a rescue act in the last game against Namibia. He scored unvanquished thirty-five runs from twenty-three balls, which clothed to be a match-winning one. He has even picked up a wicket still.
He has scored the foremost runs for Afghanistan during this tournament. He has mustered 113 runs at a median of 113, with a strike rate of 132.94. The Afghan skipper still picked up a wicket.
PROBABLE BEST WICKET KEEPERS FOR THE MATCH
Rahmanullah Gurbaz may be a handy range three batters for Afghanistan. He has accumulated seventy-nine runs in four matches during this tournament, at a median of 19.75 and a strike rate of 127.41.
TODAY’S MATCH PREDICTION: NEW ZEALAND TO WIN THE MATCH.