Abu Dhabi: Shocking everyone with their performance so far in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021, Afghanistan will look to win against New Zealand at any cost here on Sunday. This win will keep their hopes of reaching the semi-finals alive. The same situation will happen for New Zealand, as a loss in this match will close the doors of the semi-finals for New Zealand.
In this match of Group Two, to be played at 3.30 pm at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, two teams will play on the field, but the Afghanistan team will get full support from Indian fans at the stadium. In fact, now the Indian team’s hopes of reaching the semi-finals depend on Afghanistan’s win against New Zealand, so this match will be very important for Afghanistan and New Zealand as well as India. If Afghanistan wins this match then everything will come down to net run rate. Then the Indian team will also play their last match against Namibia accordingly.
However, when it comes to New Zealand and Afghanistan, both the teams have played good cricket so far. While Afghanistan has won two out of four matches, New Zealand have won three out of four matches and three wins have come in a row. New Zealand’s experienced opener Martin Guptill, captain Kane Williamson, Darryl Mitchell and Glenn Phillips are looking in fine form.
On the other hand, Afghanistan is bowling well as usual, but this time their batting has also shown strength. Openers Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Shahzad, Rahmanullah Gurbaz and captain Mohammad Nabi himself are batting well. Lower-order batsman Karim Jannat also played an undefeated innings of 42 off 22 balls in the previous match against India. Afghanistan’s bowling, however, looked a bit weak with Mujeeb ur-Rahman missing the last two matches due to injury. Whether or not Mujeeb will make a comeback in the crucial match against New Zealand remains uncertain, although the team will have the services of charismatic spinner Rashid Khan and captain Mohammad Nabi. There is no doubt that it will be difficult for the New Zealand batsmen to play the spin of these two bowlers.
This will be the first T20 International match between the two. Talking about the record, while New Zealand has lost only one T20 match at the Abu Dhabi ground, Afghanistan has won nine out of 12 matches played here and lost three. Afghanistan has a lot of experience playing in Abu Dhabi.
Mohammad Nabi (Captain), Rashid Khan, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Karim Janat, Hazratullah Zazai, Gulbadin Naib, Usman Ghani, Naveen-ul-Haq, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Hamid Hasan, Najeebullah Zadran, Shahid Hassan , Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Farid Ahmed.
New Zealand :
Ken Williamsup (captain), Todd Astle, Trent Bolt, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Adam Milne, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Michelle Sentner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee.