At the ICC T20 World Cup in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, Afghanistan will face New Zealand in the key two Super 12 matches. The two teams and the Indian team are still vying for the second semi-final spot.
If Kane Williamson’s men win, they will score eight points and qualify for the final four games. Afghanistan lost 66 games to India, which undermined its hopes of reaching the semi-finals. To make progress, it needs to beat New Zealand and then hope that Namibia will win the game against India.
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Even if India beats Namibia, Mohammad Nabi’s men can pass, but for that, they need a big victory to significantly increase their net running rate. However, India still gives it an advantage.
New Zealand’s batting style looks good. Its bowling balls, especially the 8 high-quality spins from Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner, are crucial in Abu Dhabi. In Abu Dhabi, a longer border is important for those who want to play big. It may be a bigger challenge for the batsman.
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On the other hand, Afghanistan will be sweating profusely from Mujeeb Ur Rahman’s health. In his absence, Captain Nabi only had to deal with four high-quality spins by Rashid Khan. His other bowlers lack discipline and cuts.
In the batting department, the openers Hazratullah Zazai and Mohammad Shahzad usually set the tone in PowerPlay with their aggressive and boundary-breaking methods. It remains to be seen whether they can do this against the speed duo of Trent Bolt and Tim Southey.
The whole of India will also pay close attention.
- Afghanistan: Muhammad Nabi (captain), Hazratullah Zazai, Ahmed Shahzad, Gurbadin Naib, Navin Ul Haq, Rashid Khan, Hamid Hassan, Rahana Ula Gurbaz, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Mujib Rahman, Hasmatura Shahman Ahmed,
- new Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Martin Guptier, Darryl Mitchell, Devin Conway, Tim Seifert (week), James Nisham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sody, Trent Bolt, Tim Sossey, Mark Chapman, Adam Milne, Kyle Jamison, Thor De Aster.
- The game started at 3.30 pm IST.