New Zealand Vs Afghanistan: DKODING Key players
When New Zealand will face Afghanistan today, it will be like the battle between the front benchers and the backbenchers. They only have faced each other once, which was a one-sided affair in favour of New Zealand.
New Zealand is high on confidence while Afghanistan needs to show some top-level professional commitment.
Analysing Both The Teams
New Zealand – New Zealand’s bowling has led them to two consecutive victories in this world cup. The batsmen were not able to convert those good starts into a match-winning. Their batsmen are going to have a tough assessment against the Afghan spinners.
Afghanistan – Afghanistan is at the bottom of the table, which is not surprising. Their main problem is the batting department, which is now bigger stress in the absence of Mohammad Shehzad. Their spin trio has performed well, but fans around the world expect even more from them.
Clash of Titans
Rashid and Williamson have been in the same franchise of IPL Sunrisers Hyderabad for three years. Williamson is the best Black Cap batsman against the spin. On the other hand, leg-spinner Rashid Khan is a major threat to the batsman.
Will Kane be able to survice against Rashid’s spin attack?
Key Players from both the teams
Matt Henry (Bowler)
With 7 wickets in 2 games, Henry is currently the leading wicket-taker in this world cup. His great form combined his good speed, accuracy and the ability to move the ball both ways, he is going to be the biggest threat for Afghanistan’s batting.
Ross Taylor (Batsman)
New Zealand’s veteran batsman is the backbone of their middle order. He has scored more than 6000 runs in both the formats with an average of 45 and 48. He can play both spin and pace very well and will be a tough man to crack for Afghanistan’s spin trio.
Rashid Khan (Bowler)
People may have doubt on his real age, but even those critics have no doubt about his talent. This exceptional young lad has an average of just 15 in ODI and even better, 11 in T20I. In this world cup, he has performed fine, but he is capable of performing far better.
Another talented spinner in the squad of Afghanistan, Mohammad Nabi has performed really well in the last game. He can bat also, which would be really handy for Afghans in the absence of their best batsman.
Looking at the current form, New Zealand should win this game without much difficulty. However, with 2 defeats in a row, Afghanistan is going to come hard for sure. But if they fail to do so – they will struggle to stay course in the word cup 2019.