NZ vs AFG LIVE – T20 World Cup LIVE: On Sunday as New Zealand takes on Afghanistan at 3.30PM – India will pray & root for victory for Mohd Nabi’s team. Reason, if Aghanistan lose to Kane Williamson’s Kiwis squad, India will also exit the T20 World Cup & if Aghan team wins, India will enter the Semifinals of T20 World Cup. Follow NZ vs AFG LIVE Updates on InsideSport.in
NZ vs AFG LIVE: India to pray & root with bated breath for Afghanistan’s win vs New Zealand: Follow LIVE Updates
New Zealand vs Afghanistan LIVE: Not only the fans but Virat Kohli’s Indian squad is also set to be glued to their television sets to check the result of the match.
“If Afghanistan lose, we will pack backs and go back to home. Yes, we will keep a tab on the game”, said Ravindra Jadeja in post match conferecne.
If Afghanistan manage to turn the tables on Kane Williamson & Co, it will keep alive their slim chances while boosting that of the Indians (on 4 points currently), who would need to win their last match with a good margin.
However, if the Kiwis secure a win, India’s final league game on Monday against Namibia will be rendered inconsequential.
Can Afghanistan surpise Kiwis? New Zealand will head into the match high on confidence after having eased to victory against Namibia on Friday. Jimmy Neesham and Glenn Phillips rose to the occasion after the top-order failed to fire and set up a challenging total which proved too much for the Namibian batters.
The Kiwi bowlers’ experience and skills have been on show in the tournament and they would pose problems for the Afghan batters too and could decide the fate of Sunday’s contest.
Onus on Afghanistan batsman: The Afghanistan batters have come up with consistent performances which have helped the spin-heavy bowling unit go about their job with confidence. But they would be up against an attack that includes Trent Boult, Tim Southee and the pacy Adam Milne, apart from the spin duo of Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner, which has troubled the batters right through the tourney.
If the Afghan batters can put up a sizeable score, then the bowling unit with Rashid Khan at the forefront could be more than a handful. The absence of Mujeeb-ur-Rahman owing to injury could weaken the bowling department but given the Kiwi batters’ struggles against spin, a huge task awaits them.
T20 World Cup LIVE – NZ vs AFG LIVE: How the New Zealand batters handle the middle overs when star spinner Rashid Khan would be in operation would have a huge say on how the match pans out and a good start by the powerful Martin Guptill and Daryl Mitchell could prove crucial as would skipper Williamson’s contribution.
Though New Zealand and Afghanistan battle it out in Abu Dhabi, the Indian team in Dubai and its fans will be praying that the fellow Asian nation does it a favour by scripting a memorable victory to see their chances of surviving further in the marquee event.
Afghanistan: Mohammed Nabi (captain), Hazratullah Zazai, Ahmed Shahzad, Gulbadin Naib, Naveen ul Haq, Rashid Khan, Hamid Hasan, Rahamnaullah Gurbaz, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Fareed Ahmed, Usman Ghani.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Devon Conway, Tim Seifert (wk), James Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Mark Chapman, Adam Milne, Kyle Jamieson, Todd Astle.
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