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Cricket Free Tips | ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, Match 40: New Zealand vs Afghanistan

New Zealand will face Afghanistan in the 40th match of the T20 World Cup 2021. Both teams seek to secure a place in the semi-finals; therefore, this is a must-win encounter. Following a loss to Pakistan in their first match, New Zealand went on to win their next three games and will be optimistic about defeating Afghanistan in this encounter. With 6 points, they are currently in second place in Group 2. Their batting is still a source of worry, which must be addressed.

For Afghanistan, winning may not be enough. They’ll need to win by a large margin to stay in contention, as India is predicted to beat Namibia in the final Super 12 encounter. India defeated them by 66 runs in their previous match. The Afghan bowlers were all over the place and failed to live up to the hype. They are in fourth place in Group 2 with four points after two victories and two losses.


The weather will be sunny and warm throughout the match in Abu Dhabi, with temperatures hovering around 30 degrees.


The ball is effortlessly coming onto the bat now that the wicket has lifted its face. The spinners aren’t getting any support. We may anticipate a high-scoring match between the two teams.


Probable Playing XIs
New Zealand
Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway (wk), Ish Sodhi, Martin Guptill, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Trent Boult
Mohammad Nabi (c), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Gulbadin Naib, Naveen-ul-Haq, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Karim Janat, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Hamid Hassan


New Zealand vs Afghanistan – Match 40, Dream 11:
Martin Guptill (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Mohammad Nabi, Hazratullah Zazai, Jimmy Neesham, Gulbadin Naib, Trent Boult, Rashid Khan, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee


Match winner

  • New Zealand

Winning the toss

  • New Zealand

Top Batsman

  • New Zealand – Kane Williamson
  • Afghanistan – Najibullah Zadran

Top Bowler

  • New Zealand – Ish Sodhi
  • Afghanistan – Rashid Khan

Most Sixes 

  • New Zealand – Martin Guptill
  • Afghanistan – Rahmanullah Gurbaz

Player of the Match

  • New Zealand – Ish Sodhi

Team Scores Batting First 

  • New Zealand – 170+
  • Afghanistan – 160+


Let’s enjoy this exciting match between two teams just one game away from advancing to the semi-finals with Baji now! New Zealand may be the more conservative of the two teams, given they only a win, whilst Afghanistan requires a win to improve their net run rate. New Zealand will win in a close game, according to our predictions. 

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