Afghanistan has lost both of their games in the World Cup 2019 series so far. In their previous outing, the squad was beaten by Sri Lanka. The loss was considered a very disappointing result for the Afghanistan team as they looked dominant throughout the match and chances were quite high to win the match. Now the Afghanistan squad will be playing against New Zealand at County Ground in Taunton today around 6.00pm.
FACTS ABOUT NEW ZEALAND vs AFGHANISTAN-
What is it?
- New Zealand vs Afghanistan match at the ICC World Cup 2019 at County Ground in Taunton.
When is it?
- New Zealand vs Afghanistan will take place tomorrow at Saturday June 8.
What time does it start?
- The match begins at 6.00 pm IST.
This is comparatively small stadium for playing World Cup 2019 but this adds to the match scoring excitement as the short boundaries should be enough for a high scoring match. The stadium seems to be all clear in the today’s upcoming match-where the teams are highly in confidence of facing off each other and defeating the odd one out. The Stadium seems to be in favour with batting line up. The team which gets to bat first will be scoring a high target for the competing one.
Things are going to be much tougher for Afghanistan in this upcoming fixture since New Zealand is a much stronger side. Both the batting and bowling line-up is strong for New Zealand side and this may nervous the Afghanistan for once.
Players like Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Colin de Grandhomme, and Jimmy Neesham are all very good ODI players which completes the team.
Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, and Matt Henry are the three fast-bowlers for New Zealand with Tim Southee being a very useful reserve if needed looking at the match conditions.
For Afghanistan, batting is the biggest concern and this can be a big issue with their wins in this match as the last match was entirely lost due to the same.
It was always going to be tough for Afghanistan to recover from that start and even though Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, and Gulbadin Naib fought bravely, they could not get a defendable win in their previous fixture.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI AFGHANISTAN-
Mohammad Shahzad, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Gulbadin Naib (c), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam
PROBABLE PLAYING XI NEW ZEALAND-
Kane Williamson (C), Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tim Southee, Colin de Grandhomme, Colin Munro, Mitchell Santner.
FANTASY POWER 11 TODAY MATCH PREDICTION-
Where both the teams have sentenced at least one match each in the ICC WORLD CUP 2019 so far, it is a tough call to watch them defending each other and playing together in the World Cup. New Zealand is clearly a better side when the two teams are compared and it will take a huge effort from the Afghans to prove it the other way round. With a strong batting lineup and a terrific bowling attack, New Zealand squad is still one of the favorites to emerge on top in the today’s encounter.
We bet the New Zealand’s team to get away with today’s fixture.