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AFG vs NZ Preview ICC CWC 2019: New Zealand eye hat-trick of wins

Kane Williamson's side is at the top of the World Cup 2019 Points Table after successive wins against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Afghanistan is still in search of its first win in World Cup 2019

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Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib and New Zealand skipper Kane Willaimson
Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib and New Zealand skipper Kane Willaimson

Eyeing a third win in a row, New Zealand will start as clear favourites against Afghanistan when the two sides meet in the 13th match of the ICC World Cup 2019 at the on Saturday. Kane Williamson's side is at the top of the World Cup 2019 Points Table after successive wins against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

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The Black Caps cruised to a 10-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in their opening game, but had to toil hard for a two-wicket victory against Bangladesh on Wednesday at The Oval in London. On the other hand, Gulbadin Naib's Afghanistan received an early jolt after their opening batsman and wicket-keeper was ruled out of the World Cup due to a knee injury. The batsman has been replaced in the squad by 18-year-old but it remains to be seen how the youngster perform in the big league.

Afghanistan received a seven-wicket thrashing at the hands of Australia in Bristol before they were skittled out for 152 inside 33 overs chasing a victory target of 202 against Sri Lanka in Cardiff.

For the Kiwis, veteran Ross Taylor's form will be a huge boost but Williamson will want his other batsmen to arrest the slide they encountered against Bangladesh while chasing a modest 245 for victory.

At one point, New Zealand were coasting to the total at 160/3 but a sudden collapse left them on the brink before Mitchell Santner and Lockie Ferguson took them over the line.

For the Afghans, took four wickets while star spinner scalped two as they bowled out Sri Lanka for 201. But it was their batting that let them down with none of the batters able to make a mark.

While Afghanistan's spin trio of Mohammad Nabi, and have had a decent time so far, the team's batsmen will have to shoulder respnsibility as they are yet to register a win.

Kiwi openers and woudl look to charge early and Nabi's bowlers face a tough challenge as New Zealand have a long tail of batsmen.


Prediction: Ikram Ali Khil, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, (C), Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Hamid Hassan.


New Zealand playing 11 prediction: (c), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor


ICC World Cup 2019, Macth 13: Live streaming details

Date and Day: June 8, 2019, Saturday.

Place: County Ground Taunton, Taunton

Time: 3:00 pm IST, 10:30 am local time

The World Cup 2019 Afghanistan vs New Zealand match live streaming will be available live on Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 in English Commentary and Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD in Hindi Commentary. The live streaming of the World Cup 2019 Afghanistan vs New Zealand match will be available on Hotstar.


Squads

Afghanistan Squad: Ikram Ali Khil, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, (C), Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Hamid Hassan, Asghar Afghan, Noor Ali Zadran, Aftab Alam, Samiullah Shenwari.

New Zealand squad: (c), Tom Blundell (wk), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee (vc), Ross Taylor

First Published: Fri, June 07 2019. 20:31 IST