The 40th match of the Twenty20 World Cup 2021 will be played on Sunday between New Zealand and Afghanistan. This match is like a knockout for both the teams. Both New Zealand and Afghanistan are in the running for the semi-finals. However, this match is as important for New Zealand and Afghanistan as it is for India, as all three teams are vying for the semi-finals.
If Afghanistan beats New Zealand today, it will be easier for India to reach the knockout stage. After the victory over Afghanistan, Virat Kohli’s team will have to win over Namibia. In the New Zealand vs Afghanistan match, the eyes of Team India as well as the whole of India will be fixed.
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However, if the New Zealand team wins today, the hopes of India as well as Afghanistan will be dashed, as New Zealand will have eight points and India will not be able to score as many points even after winning the last match. If New Zealand wins, India’s last league match against Namibia will be a formality.
On the other hand, if we talk about both the teams, the Kiwis have strong bowling which can be a problem for the Afghan batsmen. The Afghan batsmen have done well so far on the strength of their spinners. His batsmen, however, will now face Trent Bolt, Tim Southee, pacer Adam Milne and spinners Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner, who are in excellent form.
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Let it be known that the batsmen of Afghanistan have to make a good score today, after which the bowlers under the leadership of Rashid Khan can make a change. Mujib-ur-Rehman’s injury has definitely weakened the Afghan team’s bowling attack but they can take advantage of the Kiwi bowlers’ weakness against spin.
Teams in today’s competition
New Zealand: Ken Williamson (captain), Martin Guptill, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Todd Astle, Lucky Ferguson, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Michelle Santner, Trent Bolt, Tim Sifert, Tim.
Afghanistan: Mohammad Nabi (Captain), Rashid Khan, Rehman Ullah Gurbaz, Hazrat Ullah Zazai, Usman Gani, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Shahzad, Mujib Ur Rehman, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Karim Janat, Gulbadin Naid, Ahmed.
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