Afghanistan vs New Zealand, Match 13 Prediction2019-06-09
The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
Man of the Match: James Neesham
?Afghanistan has never defeated New Zealand in an ODI game so far
?Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, and Ross Taylor are in good form with the bat for New Zealand
?Matt Henry is bowling well and is currently the leading wicket-taker in the tournament and likely to trouble Afghan batsmen.
CRICBETTINGBUZZ PREDICTION: New Zealand to win this game!
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In the 13th match of the World Cup Afghanistan would face New Zealand at The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton. It hasn’t been the kind of start that Afghanistan would have wanted as they have lost both their games so far. The loss against Sri Lanka would hurt as they wasted an opportunity that was up for grabs. New Zealand, on the other hand, has been clinical so far in the tournament and has won both their games.
There is a wide gap between the two sides as far as strength and form are concerned. New Zealand is enjoying these conditions in England while Afghanistan seems to be struggling with them. It will take a lot of heart for Afghanistan to defeat the Kiwis in the next game.
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Gulbadin Naib would have been terribly upset with their loss against Sri Lanka. Their carefree approach to the game cost them two points. After having bowled out Sri Lankan side cheaply they let emotions get better of them leading to their loss. The skipper would know that the Kiwis would be a tough opposition to beat and they would be looking forward to putting up a brave show in the game.
Hazratullah Zazai and Hazratullah Zazai were the only batsmen to have done well against Sri Lanka. Mohammad Shahzad will need to put a price on his wicket and the likes of Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi and Gulbadin Naib have to work on building partnerships to win this game for the side.
The bowlers are doing well in the tournament. Dawlat Zadran has impressed and so has Dawlat Zadran. With Rashid Khan bowling at this best the team would look up to its bowlers to win the next game for the side. Skipper Gulbadin Naib and Hamid Hassan have to support the other bowlers to put pressure on New Zealand in the upcoming game.
Ikram Ali Khil, Aftab Alam, Noor Ali Zadran, Hamid Hassan, Gulbadin Naib, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Hazratullah Zazai, Rashid Khan, N Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rahmat Shah
Hamid Hassan, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Dawlat Zadran, Gulbadin Naib (c), Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Rashid Khan, Hazratullah Zazai, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Kane Williamson couldn’t have asked for a better start from his side in the tournament. After demolishing Sri Lanka in the first game they were clinical in their performance against Bangladesh. They bowled well in the last game and held their nerves when it came to their batting.
Martin Guptill and Colin Munro are looking in great form with the bat at the top and they would be looking forward to giving a good start to the side. They have a strong batting line-up in the middle with the likes of Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham and James Neesham in the side. All their batsmen are in good form and they would be looking to do well in the next game.
Their bowling performance has so far been very impressive. Matt Henry has been the pick among the bowlers. Trend Boult has also done well with the new ball and Lockie Ferguson seems to have got his form right in the game. With Colin de Grandhomme and Mitchell Santner they have a good bowling attack to challenge Afghanistan.
Expected Starting XI for New Zealand
Trent Boult, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Matt Henry, Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, KS Williamson, Lockie Ferguson, Ross Taylor, James Neesham
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
There are chances of rain at Taunton on June 08 and the weather is likely to remain cloudy for most parts of the game. The pitch has been a good one to bat on in the past and it is likely to remain the same. A score of around 300 runs is what the team batting first would eye on this surface.
The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton has been a paradise for the big hitters. It is one of the smallest grounds in the world which makes it easy for the hitters. Without support from the pitch and the weather, the bowlers have always found it tough to bowl on this surface with very little room for error.
It is expected to be a cold and overcast day at Taunton and the bowlers might enjoy bowling in these conditions with some moisture on the surface. In case of rain interruption, the side batting second would also have the advantage under the DLS system and we expect the side winning the toss to bowl first on this surface.
New Zealand has played like well-oiled machinery in the two games that they have been involved so far in the tournament. They have done well in all departments of the game. Afghanistan, on the other hand, let their emotions and exuberance get better of them in the last game against Sri Lanka. With two losses they are in a spot of bother at the moment and need to rise up to the challenge. As things stand at the moment New Zealand is overwhelming favorites to win the upcoming game.
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