Afghanistan and New Zealand are set to resume their World Cup campaign at a new venue, The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton. Afghanistan will be eager to register their first win in this campaign while the Blackcaps look in the right frame of mind after two consecutive victories. We can anticipate another enthralling encounter when these two sides will battle it out in the 13th fixture of the 2019 ICC World Cup.

Afghanistan has played some high-quality cricket over the last few years and has progressed leaps and bounds in international cricket. On their day, the Asian outfit has the potential to beat any side in the limited overs cricket. They certainly possess the X-factor in the form of Hazratullah Zazai, Rashid Khan and Md. Nabi, who can produce the moment of brilliance on the field. After restricting Sri Lanka to 201 runs, Afghanistan failed to chase down the score much to their frustration. Afghanistan would be hoping for a better batting display against the lethal Kiwi bowling attack.

On the contrary, New Zealand has been the most consistent team under the leadership of Kane Williamson. Having announced their World Cup arrival with two back-to-back wins, the Blackcaps look a formidable side in this tournament. After a stroll in the park and a hard-fought victory, they will be looking to tick more boxes against a much-weaker outfit. With the right combination of youth and experience in the squad, the Kiwis are expected to the semi-finalists in this edition of the World Cup. New Zealand would be eyeing to make a hattrick of wins when they face Afghanistan tomorrow.

 

Match Details

 

Date: Saturday, 8th June 2019

Time: 06:00 PM IST

Venue: The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton

League: ICC World Cup 2019

Live Telecast: Star Network

Online Streaming: Hotstar

  

Venue Stats

 

Avg 1st Innings score: 219

Avg 2nd Innings score: 194

Highest Total: 373/6 (50 Ov) by IND vs SL

Lowest Total: 101/10 (40.3 Ov) by SLW vs RSAW

Highest Chased: 231/5 (41 Ov) by ZIM vs KEN

Lowest Defended: 269/10 (48.3 Ov) by AUSW vs RSAW

 

Team News

 

Afghanistan

  • Shahzad has been ruled out for the remaining of the tournament.
  • 18-year-old Ikram Ali Khil will replace him in the starting lineup.

New Zealand

  • The Blackcaps are expected to go ahead with an unchanged lineup.

 

Squads

 

Afghanistan

Gulbadin Naib (C), Hamid Hassan, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Hazratullah Zazai, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Shahzad, Aftab Alam, Dawlat Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman

New Zealand

Kane Williamson (capt), 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, Ross Taylor

 

Key Players

 

Afghanistan

  • Md. Shezad
  • Gulbadin Naib
  • Rashid Khan

New Zealand

  • Kane Williamson
  • Ross Taylor
  • Trent Boult

 

Probable Playing XI

 

Afghanistan

Ikram Ali Khil, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Ashgar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Gulbadin Naib, Md. Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur  Rahman, Aftab Alam and Dawlat Zadran 

New Zealand

Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Colin de Grandhomme, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner,  Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, and Trent Boult