It’s time for the clash between Afghanistan and New Zealand in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. When both the teams met in the 2015 World Cup, it turned out to be a one-sided affair.
New Zealand is soaring high on confidence on the back of two consecutive wins in the starting two encounters against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
On the contrary, Bangladesh is low on confidence having lost both their starting games against Australia and Sri Lanka. Also, they have faced a major blow in Mohammed Shahzad’s injury ahead of the important clash. The wicket-keeper opener has been ruled out of the whole tournament due to a knee injury.
So, will it be the same one-sided affair or Afghanistan will cause an upset with their game?
Rahmat Shah, Gulbadin Naib (c), Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Ikram Ali Khan (wk), Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hazratullah Zazai, Noor Ali Zadran, Hamid Hassan and Mujeeb ur Rahman.
Colin Munro, Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Tom Blundell (wk), Martin Guptill, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee (vc), Kane Williamson (c), Jimmy Neesham, Tom Latham (wk), Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor
Rahmat Shah, Gulbadin Naib (c), Ikram Ali Khan, Hazratullah Zazai, Rashid Khan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Hamid Hassan, Dawlat Zadran/Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ali Zadran
Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), James Neesham/Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson
Captain- Ross Taylor
Ross Taylor scored crucial 82 against Bangladesh to help his side cope up from early dismissals and was later chosen as player of the match. Also, the veteran has scored 675 runs in 12 innings at an average of 75.00 in 2019 alone.
Vice-captain – Mohammad Nabi
Mohammad Nabi is the game changer for Afghanistan. He bagged 4 wickets in his 9 overs spell against Sri Lanka in the previous game and was amongst the four batters who managed to score in double digits.
WK – Tom Latham
Batsmen – R Taylor, K Williamson, Najibullah, Rahmat Shah, C Munro
All-rounders – M Nabi
Bowlers – M Henry, Trent Boult, L Ferguson, Rashid Khan
Captain choices – K Williamson, R Taylor, M Nabi