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Cricket Match Prediction – New Zealand vs Afghanistan, World Cup Match 13

Cricket Match Prediction – New Zealand vs Afghanistan

Cricket Match Prediction

Match: NZ vs AFG, Match 13, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
Date: Saturday, June 08, 2019
Time: 12:30 AM GMT
Venue: The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton

Overview

New Zealand is in quite a good form and currently sits at the tops of the table with two wins. They won their opening game against Sri Lanka and won it by 10 wickets. In the second match against Bangladesh, it was a close match and they got it right. They are now to set to meet Afghanistan in their next match which is at the bottom of the table with two defeats. It is scheduled at Taunton on 8th June.

Explore the cricket match prediction, team news, venue statistics and much more.

Team News

New Zealand

The only concern area for the team is middle order collapse which was very well exploited by the Bangladeshi spinners. Except for that, they have been ruthless in all other departments of the game.

Cricket Match Prediction Key Players

Their bowling department has been quite rigorous and has already been in action. Matt Henry claimed 4 wickets and 3 wickets in the last two games which is a great deal for a pacer. Lockie Ferguson has also been supportive with economic rate and taking four wickets in the two games. Trent Boult cannot be taken lightly at all, he is the second-ranked bowler in the ICC ODI rankings.

Ross Taylor has continued his fine form in the ODIs and has been the key batsmen for the side. Martin Guptill has also exploited the bowlers on regular intervals and played a quick knock of 73 runs in the first match. Kane Williamson hit back to back half-centuries in the warm-up games.

Squad

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

Afghanistan

With the two defeats, it is one of the poorest team in the tournament. Their spinners have not worked really well on this kind of surfaces and their batsmen have not performed up to the mark.

Cricket Match Prediction Key Players

Mohammad Nabi was the superstar for Afghanistan in the last match against Sri Lanka. He took four wickets and was complemented by the bowling of Rashid Khan who took two wickets. It was a rain-hit match which took the match away from them. Both of them have been a famous name in World cricket and can score runs as well with the bat.

Their key batsman so far has been Najibullah Zadran who has scored 51 and 43 runs. Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, and Hashmatullah Shahidi are other batsmen to follow.

Squad

Hazratullah Zazai, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Ikram Ali Khil (wk), Najibullah Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Gulbadin Naib (c), Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Hamid Hassan

Venue Guide

Stadium – The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton

Capacity – 6500

Ends – River End, Old Pavillion End

Venue Scoring Pattern

Average 1st Inning Score – 219

Average 2nd Inning Score – 194

Highest Total – 373/6 (India vs Sri Lanka)

Lowest Total – 101/10 (Sri Lanka Women vs South Africa Women)

Chased Target – 231/5 (Zimbabwe vs Kenya)

Defended – 269/10 (Australia Women vs South Africa Women)

Weather & Pitch Conditions

A delay is expected in the match with chances of heavy rains from morning till afternoon. We can see the hide and seek play between sun and clouds. The temperature will be around 14 degrees Celsius and humidity around the 60s and 70s.

It is the first ODI after 1999 World Cup match and it was good for batting that time. We cannot expect much news about the strip as of now because of a long gap. Last few domestic matches have produced the average score of 315.

Toss Prediction

Keeping in view the weather conditions, the team winning the toss would like to bowl first though two domestic matches have been won by the team batting second.

Cricket Match Prediction and Tips

It would be really difficult for Afghanistan to open their account in the World Cup when they face the Kiwis. New Zealand has been impressive and they have two matched on the trot.

We back Blackcaps to win the match.

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