A gallant Afghanistan team who faced defeat against England in their opening encounter will face the Kiwis in today’s t20 world cup match. This will be a thrilling encounter as Kiwis will look to double their lead while Afghanistan will aim for their first.
Here are the match details:
- Match Date and Time: 26th October 2022, 1:30 PM IST
- Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground
- Tournament: ICC T20 World Cup 2022
Afghanistan vs New Zealand- Previews and Betting Tips
Afghanistan gave their all-in against England and dragged a low-scoring game till the penultimate over. However, they ended up on the losing side but gave a brilliant fight. Being asked to bat first, Afghanistan kept losing wickets at regular intervals. They succumbed to the likes of Sam Curran, who picked up 5/10 in his quota. Ibrahim Zadran & Usman Ghani were the only two contributors, with 32 and 30, respectively, in their low score of 112.
While defending, Afghanistan did a magnificent job pulling the match to the end. A brilliant catch by the skipper Nabi and his spell of 1/16 held the match till the end. However, they ended up losing it but won the hearts of the fans who came for an exciting game of cricket.
On the other hand, the Kiwis clinched a famous victory over the hosts. Being asked to bat first, New Zealand came out all guns blazing. In just 4 overs, Glenn Phillips and Devon Conway marched their team to 56 runs with no loss. In the end, Devon Conway’s 58-ball 92* and a sizzling 16-ball 42 by Glenn Phillips got the Kiwis to 200/3.
Tim Southee’s heroics followed after the Kiwi batting unit set the mammoth target. He bagged 3 wickets, giving away just 6 runs. In his footsteps followed Mitchell Santner, who bagged key wickets of the skipper & Marcus Stoinis and ended up with 3/31. Their bowling master class helped New Zealand win by 89 runs.
The only time the two teams met was back in November, with the match being convincingly won by the Kiwis. Ahead of this encounter, we predict New Zealand to be the winner of the match. For this encounter, we advise you to place in-gaming bets as they offer the most competitive match odds and high returns on investment. Make sure to do your research to place reliable and safe bets. Always know the pitch and weather, which has proven to be highly influential to the result of a game.
The mighty Afghans will give a tough fight and might even end up being the dark horses of this encounter. Here are some players that will do wonders for the side in this encounter. Ibrahim Zadran has been in some good knick. He has scored 290 runs in just 10 games and looks to be heading toward making a big score. Their skipper Mohammad Nabi seems to be the trump card with both bat and ball. As for as bowling is concerned, Mujeeb ur Rahman & Rashid Khan will be the lethal spin duo in action. They have bagged 23 wickets combined in competitive matches with an astonishing economy well below 6.5.
Squad: Mohammad Nabi(C), Rahmanullah Gurbaz(wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Rahmat Shah, Ibrahim Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Rashid Khan, Fazalhaq Farooqi
The Kiwis will be looking to make no such changes as they are a very strong side coming into this encounter. Despite missing out on a well-deserved 100, Devon Conway will be a key batsman to bring Kiwis the perfect start. On the other hand, Glenn Phillips has been in solid touch. He has scored 276 runs in his past 10 games. On the other hand, Martin Guptill is a known T20 specialist and will be the backbone of the batting line-up.
They have no worries in the bowling department, as the bowling pair of Trent Boult and Tim Southee will be a lethal combination. They have hundreds of wickets under their belt in their career, and their experience will come in very handy.
Squad: Kane Williamson(C), Martin Guptill, James Neesham, Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson
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Pitch and weather Conditions
With an 80% chance of precipitation, there are chances of the game being paused. Scattered showers are forecasted with humidity being as high as 80%. The temperatures will be as low as 19 degrees with slight fluctuation.
Talking about the pitch, it’s a bowler’s paradise favoring the pacers majorly. Pacers have thrived with the help of the surface and bagged plenty of wickets. However, spinners will have to work their way through the top. It will not be easy even for the batsmen, as runs don’t come easy and will have to be hard-earned.
Afghanistan vs New Zealand: Betting Tips
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