In match no.13 of the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019, an upbeat New Zeland will be up against a struggling yet confident Afghanistan side at the County Ground in Taunton on Saturday. While New Zealand head to the game unbeaten in the showpiece tournament so far, standing atop in the points table with back-to-back wins, they would like to be wary of the spinners of Afghanistan, the team that failed to bag a win in England in two matches, but did put a great fight in both.
After getting off to a comfortable start against Sri Lanka where the Kiwis managed an emphatic 10-wicket win, they suffered a hiccup against the Bangladeshi spinners before recovery at the fag-end pulled them out from the jaws of defeat. New Zealand escaped with a two-wicket win with 17 balls to spare.
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Meanwhile, Afghanistan looked valiant in their opener against the defending champions Australia despite succumbing to a seven-wicket loss. In their second match, the bowlers, inspired by Mohammad Nabi, put a great show against Sri Lanka to fold the 1996 champions for a below-par 201. However, the batters failed to stand strong as Afghanistan suffered a 34-runs loss.
Overall, they have faced each other only once in the ODI format, back in 2015 World Cup when New Zealand managed a six-wicket win over the Asian side.
Here’s all you need to know about the Afghanistan vs New Zealand match in the ICC World Cup 2019:
When and what time will Afghanistan vs New Zealand match in ICC World Cup 2019 take place?
The Afghanistan vs New Zealand match in ICC World Cup 2019 will take place on June 08, 6:00 PM IST. The toss will take place half an hour early at 5:30 PM IST.
Where will be the Afghanistan vs New Zealand match in ICC World Cup 2019 held?
The Afghanistan vs New Zealand match in ICC World Cup 2019 will be held at The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton.
Which channel will telecast Afghanistan vs New Zealand match in ICC World Cup 2019?
The Afghanistan vs New Zealand match in ICC World Cup 2019 will be aired live on Star Sports 3.
What are the squads for Afghanistan vs New Zealand match in ICC World Cup 2019?
New Zealand (From): 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, Tom Blundell, Henry Nicholls, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi
Afghanistan (From): Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib (c), Ikram Ali
Khil (wk), Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Aftab Alam, Samiullah Shinwari, Asghar Afghan, Noor Ali Zadran