T20 World Cup, New Zealand vs Afghanistan (NZ vs AFG) Live Score Online Updates: If Afghanistan manage to turn the tables on New Zealand, it will keep alive both their and India's slim chances.
T20 World Cup, New Zealand vs Afghanistan Live Score Online Updates: New Zealand will lock horns with Afghanistan in a Super 12 Group 2 match in a bid to advance to semi-finals in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
The Kane Williamson-led side have a do-or-die contest in front of themselves as a win at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium would send them to the last four, while a defeat could knock them out from the tournament. If Afghanistan manage to turn the tables on New Zealand, it will keep alive both their and India’s slim chances of qualification. While New Zealand come on the back of an impressive win over Namibia, the Mohammad Nabi-led team were thrashed by India in their last outing.
T20 World Cup, New Zealand vs Afghanistan LIVE Score:
Ish Sodhi, New Zealand spinner: “So far in the tournament, we’ve all had a lot of small contributions that have worked out really well for us over the past three games, especially. And we’re just trying to remind ourselves what those strengths are. And we’re very aware of the threat that Afghanistan bring. But if we do the basics really well and keep building on what we have been doing well we’ll give ourselves a good chance. [Their attack is] spearheaded by Rashid Khan, and obviously, Mujeeb Ur Rahman is phenomenal as well. Mohammad Nabi is a very cagey off-spinner and bowls well through the powerplay too. That’s definitely where their threat lies with their bowling attack. And I’m sure all the batsmen during the scouting meeting have taken it into consideration, as well as the threat they bring with the bat.”
Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afghanistan batter: “Our spinners are really good, like especially in these conditions, Dubai. We have played a lot of cricket here and we have the benefits. But against the big teams we should bat well. Also the batsmen should take responsibility to play well against them.”
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If New Zealand win, they guarantee themselves a top-two finish and make it to the semi-final. If Afghanistan win, they, New Zealand and potentially India will be tied on points and net run rate will decide who finishes second.
New Zealand (Probable Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway (w), Glenn Phillips, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchel Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
Afghanistan (Probable Playing XI): Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Shahzad (w), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (c), Sharafuddin Ashraf/Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Karim Janat, Naveen-ul-Haq, Hamid Hassan
Hello and welcome to the live commentary and updates of the Super 12 Group 2 match between New Zealand and Afghanistan. Both the teams are still in contention for a place in the semi-finals. Or will it be India who makes it?
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