New Zealand vs Afghanistan – Match Preview: New Zealand will face of Afghanistan in the 21st match of the T20 World Cup 2022 Super 12 on Wednesday, October 26, from 1:30 PM IST onwards at the MCG.
Williamson-led New Zealand coming up from a massive victory against the defending champions Aussies. Meanwhile, on the other hand, Afghanistan is coming from a defeat against England in their opening encounter of the tournament.
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New Zealand vs Afghanistan: Super 12 Match Preview
Match: New Zealand vs Afghanistan – Super 12 Group 1 (Match 21)
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, MCG.
Date & Time: October 26, 2022 at 1:30 PM (IST)
Where to Watch Live: Star Sports Network and JIO TV.
Pitch Report: New Zealand vs Afghanistan
The Melbourne Cricket Ground’s pitch usually offers some nice pace and bounce but the batters do get value for their shots. The long boundaries mean that the batters should be fit enough to do a lot of running. The wicket has some nice carry and the pacers will find help from the pitch.
So, basically, it is a sporting wicket for both the batters and bowlers. Melbourne has experienced a few spells of rain in recent times and the forecast for this game isn’t encouraging as well. Let’s hope for some mercy from the rain gods and we get a full game.
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Head-to-Head Stats: (T20 World Cup)
Matches Played: 01
Won by New Zealand: 01
Won by Afghanistan: 00
New Zealand started off their T20 World Cup campaign with a huge victory against the Aussies. However, now Kane and his men will be looking to keep the momentum forward. The batters outplayed the Australian side in the last game. Finn Allen(42) and Devon Conway(92) both played crucial knocks in their 89 runs victory against the Aussies.
Meanwhile, Tim Southee and Mitchel Santner were the standout bowlers in the game as both picked three wickets each. Rest three bowlers, Boult, Rashid, and Sodhi also returned with wickets. The all-around performance of the Kiwi side results in a huge net run rate boost. Now, they will face Afghanistan at the MCG, will they be able to keep their momentum going?
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Meanwhile, for Afghanistan, it’s time for a comeback after a defeat in the opening encounter. The reason for the failure of the Afghan side was batting. Batsman gradually failed to score runs in the first innings and as a result, they lost the game. The bowlers did their best to restrict the England batters till the end was phenomenal.
Every Afghan bowler took a wicket each but that wasn’t enough to restrict the English side. Nabi and his men will be now eyeing to get back into winning ways so as to stay alive in the knockout race. Will they be able to challenge the in form New Zealand side? We will surely look into it at the MCG on Wednesday.
New Zealand vs Afghanistan: Super 12: Possible Playing XI
Devon Conway (wk)
Kane Williamson (C)
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk)
Mohammad Nabi (C)
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Super 12: Fantasy Cricket Dream11 Team Prediction: New Zealand vs Afghanistan:
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