Kane Williamson-led New Zealand and Mohammad Nabi-led Afghanistan (NZ vs AFG T20 World Cup 2021) will face each other in Group 2 of the T20 World Cup 2021 Super 12 stage on Sunday. This match is being seen between Afghanistan spinners and Kiwi batters. The eyes of the Indian cricket team will also be on this match. Team India’s fans will pray for Afghanistan’s victory, because if the Afghan team is successful in defeating New Zealand, then it will benefit the Indian team. If this happens, then Team India will win its last league match against Namibia and cut the last 4 ticket.
New Zealand batsmen doing against spinners Struggle
The batsmen of the Kiwi team have been seen struggling against the spinners in the current World Cup so far. In such a situation, World Class (Rashid Khan) and Mujeeb Ur Rahman can dominate New Zealand’s batter. New Zealand have two experienced batters in the form of Guptill and Kane Williamson who play the spinners well, if the Afghan spinners send these two to the pavilion early, then the Afghanistan team can cheaply stack Kiwio. However, for Afghanistan, it is very important for Mujeeb ur Rahman to be fully fit. If these two spinners get into the rhythm, then problems will increase for the Kiwi batsmen. On the other hand, Afghanistan batsmen will have to be careful with the Kiwi team’s spinner Mitchell Santner. The magic of Santner’s spin has not worked in this T20 World Cup yet. But he is the kind of spinner who on his day alone has the ability to destroy any batting order.
…so that’s why spinners will dominate
On the other hand, the plus point for Afghanistan is that this match will be played in the afternoon at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The wicket will be dry, so spinners will dominate here. Millions of Indians will pray that Rashid and Mujeeb’s spin in this match will show amazing and the Afghan team should register a victory against the Kiwis.
Mujeeb took 5 wickets against Scotland
Talking about the current tournament, Rashid Khan has taken 7 wickets while Mujeeb has taken a total of 6 wickets so far. Against Scotland, Mujeeb took 5 for 20 in his 4 over spell. Mujeeb became the only bowler in the world to take 5 wickets while debuting in the T20 World Cup.
Guptill played an innings of 93 runs
In this T20 World Cup for New Zealand, opener Martin Guptill scored 93 runs against Scotland. Apart from this, no big innings has come from his bat. Captain Kane Williamson, Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips and Daryl Mitchell are also waiting for the big innings. Guptill has been the highest run-scorer for the Kiwis team. Guptill has scored 148 runs in 4 innings. Williamson could only manage 86 runs in 4 innings.
what does the equation say
Team India had to win the match against Scotland within 7.1 overs to improve their run rate from Afghanistan and Team Kohli and Co. managed to win the match in 6.3 overs. Now Team India will have to win against Namibia in their last match. If this happens then India will have 6 points. In this situation, India will have to depend on the outcome of the New Zealand-Afghanistan match to reach the semi-finals. India will have to pray that Afghanistan team beat New Zealand. If Afghanistan team beats New Zealand, then India can qualify for the last four.
Teams: New Zealand
Kane Williamson (captain), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee.
Rashid Khan, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hazratullah Zazai, Usman Ghani, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi (Captain), Najibullah Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Shahzad, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Karim Janat, Gulbadin Naib, Naveen-ul-Haq, Hamid Hassan, Farid Ahmed.
[Attribution to NBT]