New Zealand may have won their second game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 against Bangladesh but clearly, the mistakes they committed in the game could prove a real stumbling block in the future. Their batsmen were intent to make the game interesting with some ordinary shot selection and skipper Kane Williamson has asked his players to be more careful in the coming fixtures. They can work upon it with the game against Afghanistan whose bowlers have impressed so far through the batting clearly lacks quality. They have been hit by an injury to star man Mohammad Shahzad who was an important cog in the Afghanistan wheel. Let us look at the players who will be under the spotlight in the game. Afghanistan vs New Zealand Cricket Score 13th ODI Match in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
The in-form middle-order batsman has been averaging close to 80 this years and was instrumental in his team’s win in the last game. Ross Taylor is known for an ability to pace his innings well which benefits the Kiwis. He will have to improve on his running between the wickets though. Afghanistan vs New Zealand, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Match Preview: On-Song NZ Look for Hat-Trick of Wins Against AFG.
He has led his troops well making important bowling changes that have paid rich dividends to the team. As a batsman, his role at the number 3 position is vital as he has the ability to strike partnerships and bring calmness in pressure situations. AFG vs NZ Head-to-Head Record: Ahead of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Clash, Here Are Match Results of Afghanistan vs New Zealand Encounters in ODIs!
Injury to Tim Southee created a place in the side for Matthew Henry and the pacer has grabbed this opportunity with both hands. With seven wickets, he is currently the leading wicket-taker in the tournament and will be hoping to add a few when he faces a weak Afghanistan batting unit.
A fighting fifty against Australia in the first game was followed by 43 versus Sri Lanka and on both occasions, Najibullah Zadran was the team’s top scorer. With not much quality around him for support, he will have to lead his side’s batting unit once again when they face the Kiwis.
Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan found some rhythm with a brace against Sri Lanka and he will be raring to go against New Zealand. If Afghanistan are to cause an upset, Rashid Khan has to rattle the New Zealand middle order which was poor in the last game.
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New Zealand have a wonderful opportunity to maintain a hundred percent start in the world cup which will be an ideal situation to be in as tougher assignments await.