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NZ vs AFG Dream11 prediction
New Zealand are currently sitting at the second position on the points table as opposed to Afghanistan who are placed fourth. A win for the Kiwis will ensure them a semi-final spot whereas an Afghan win will not just revive their qualification hopes but would also open the doors for India’s qualification to the semi-final of T20 World Cup 2021.
However New Zealand’s current form and their experience of playing under pressure situations will hold them in good stead against Afghanistan.
NZ vs AFG Dream11 team tips for ICC T20 World Cup 2021
Top tip: Best batter
Martin Guptill is the chief destroyer in New Zealand’s batting line-up. Opening the batting, he hammered a 56-ball 93 against Scotland to set up a 16-run win for his side. Guptill has scored 148 runs in four matches so far and can prove to be a thorn in the flesh for Afghanistan. The dashing right-hander will be eager to come to the party and seal a semi-final berth for the Kiwis.
Top tip: Best bowlers
Trent Boult has defined consistency with the ball for New Zealand over the course of the tournament. In the last four matches, he has accounted for eight wickets including a best bowling effort of 3/20 against India. His left-arm pace and swing can trouble the opponents if they fail to see him through.
Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper
Mohammad Nabi has been the go-to man for Afghanistan in the ongoing T20 World Cup. The right-hander has played some important cameos for his side and has looked in good touch with the bat. He is currently the leading run-getter for his team with 113 runs in four innings at a strike-rate of 133. He has been handy with his subtle off-spin too and could be handful on the Abu Dhabi surface. Available at 9 credits, he is definitely a must-have in any fantasy squad.
Aghanistan’s wicket-keeper Mohammad Shahzad is a fine choice for this category. The attacking right-hander struck a fluent 33-ball 45 against Namibia and is known to provide flying starts to the team. He is also neat behind the stumps and is a worthy choice for 9 credits.
NZ vs AFG probable playing XI
NZ playing XI (probable): Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson (captain), Devon Conway (wicket-keeper), Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
AFG playing XI (probable): Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Shahzad (wicket-keeper), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Gulbadin Naib, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (captain), Karim Janat, Rashid Khan, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Naveen-ul-Haq, Hamid Hassan
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