ICC CWC 2019 Afghanistan vs New Zealand 13th Match Preview Prediction

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ICC CWC 2019 Afghanistan vs New Zealand 13th Match Preview Prediction – While one seeks redemption, the other wants to strengthen their hold at the top of the table. New Zealand has been fantastic in this world cup. While they beat Sri Lanka comprehensively in their first match, Afghanistan got beaten by Sri Lanka in their second game in what should have been an easy go. The loss against Sri Lanka might have brought out the jinx in their batting and over-dependence on Rahmat Shah and Nabi in their batting. When they clash in their next matches, New Zealand would want to win and establish their grip at the top of the table while Afghanistan would want to re-energize themselves with a win under their belt.

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ICC CWC 2019 Afghanistan vs New Zealand 13th Match Preview Prediction

Afghanistan Team Preview

Afghanistan’s clear inexperience in dealing with close matches was up for a show in the match against Sri Lanka where they lost the match from being in a commendable position and they must learn how to compose themselves in such situations. And when you are playing a world cup, the situations might grow to be grimmer in the future. For Afghanistan, not everything seems to be working in favour and New Zealand is a team which is known to hammer their opposition where they are mostly weak.

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The batting did not look impressive at all as they crumbled against a pace-heavy Sri Lankan side. If this is their weaker point as New Zealand bowlers would come out charging as they did against a hapless Sri Lankan side. While batting first they must score in excess of 300 runs to have any chance in the match. This match would also decide whether Afghanistan gets redemption or their chances look dull. For that to happen, the batters would have to step up their game and bat more overs. One great inning from Shahzad is pending and maybe it’s the next match he is looking up to. They must come out of the shadow of Rahmat Shah who by far has been the best batsman of Afghanistan in the limited over cricket. Nabi too would want some runs under his belt as required by the senior most pro in the side. Other batsmen too must take credit in batting as well.

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ICC CWC 2019 Afghanistan vs New Zealand 13th Match Preview Prediction

The bowling looks sharp under the able guidance of Rashid Khan and former captain Mohammad Nabi who took four wickets against Sri Lanka while being impressive against Australia as well. the team management would not want to make many changes in the side to make them settle into the squad.

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Team: Gulbadin Naib (capt), Aftab Alam, Asghar Afghan, Dawlat Zadran, Hamid Hassan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Rashid Khan, Samiullah Shinwari

Probable XI: Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Gulabdin Naib, Najibullah Zadran/ Asghar Afghan, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Hamid Hasan/Aftab Alam

New Zealand Team Preview

New Zealand has come into this match with a renewed zeal of finishing what they couldn’t do in the last edition of the world cup. Their dedication can be proved by the results in the first two matches against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. One can argue that these teams are not the best ones in the tournament or not even in the Indian Sub-continent but their drubbing of Sri Lanka in the first game tells a different story. However, they came very close to a loss against a rebellious Bangladeshi side which seems to ride some other spirit this world cup.

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ICC CWC 2019 Afghanistan vs New Zealand 13th Match Preview Prediction

The New Zealand side would look to further strengthen their batting as their middle order failed to capitalize against spin. If it wasn’t for Ross Taylor, they might have lost two points against Bangladesh. The middle order must come off age now at a time when the teams have started to grow in confidence barring South Africa which has descended into a hole of obscurity.

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Team: Kane Williamson (capt), Tom Blundell (wk), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.

Probable XI: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Blundell (wk), Colin De Grandhomme, Mitchel Santner, Jimmy Neesham, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult.

Match: AFG vs NZ, Match 13, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

When: Saturday, June 08, 2019 12:30 PM GMT

Where: The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton

Average 1st inning score: 219

Average 2nd inning score: 194

Highest Total: 373/6 (50 Ov) by IND vs SL

Lowest Total: 101/10 (40.3 Ov) by SLW vs RSAW

Highest Chased: 231/5 (41 Ov) by ZIM vs KEN

Lowest Defended: 269/10 (48.3 Ov) by AUSW vs RSAW

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