ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 – Afghanistan vs New Zealand Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Afghanistan vs New Zealand taking place? Saturday 8th June – 13:30 (UK)

Where is Afghanistan vs New Zealand taking place? County Ground, Taunton

What is the expected weather for Afghanistan vs New Zealand? Rain is forecast in the morning but is expected to be dry by the time the match will start but strong winds will continue. There could easily be a delayed start and reduced overs

What television channel is Afghanistan vs New Zealand on in the UK? Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream Afghanistan vs New Zealand? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match live on Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for Afghanistan vs New Zealand? https://tickets.cricketworldcup.com/showProduct.html?idProduct=407

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting: New Zealand beat Afghanistan by 6 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

AFGHANISTAN

Coach: Phil Simmons

Captain: Gulbadin Naib

  • Afghanistan’s losing start to the 2019 Cricket World Cup continued in Cardiff on Tuesday as after bowling Sri Lanka out for just 201, they could not reach their adjusted target and they ultimately fell 34 runs short to lose their second match in a row.

  • Mohammad Nabi was the star with the ball as he picked up the wickets of four of Sri Lanka’s top five in the batting order while Rashid Khan and Dawlat Zadran ably supported him and the bowling attack was much improved following the match against Australia and they relished bowling first.

  • The batting however remains hugely fragile and although Hazratullah Zazai managed to get some runs on the board early, their top order left too much for the all-rounders and tail to do and that may convince them to bring veteran Asghan Afghan back into the side to add some stability. Mohammad Shahzad has been ruled out of the remainder of the tournament with a knee injury so the wicketkeeper and opening batsman is replaced by 18-year-old Ikram Ali Khil in the squad which weakens them further.

NEW ZEALAND

Coach: Gary Stead

Captain: Kane Williamson

  • New Zealand made hard work of their win over Bangladesh on Wednesday as they limped to surpass their opponent’s total of 244 with just two wickets left with that victory proving far less comfortable than their first win over Sri Lanka by ten wickets.

  • The bowling unit once again looked exceptional as their pace bowlers and Matt Henry especially with his 4/47 caused the Bangladeshi batsmen plenty of problems and they do look to be relishing the conditions so far.

  • Something of a late batting collapse caused them some consternation late in the run chase but Ross Taylor’s excellent 82 underpinned their chase and they will hope to build on that and collect their third consecutive win here in what should be an unchanged side yet again.

THE PREDICTION

Afghanistan produced the kind of performance that many have come to expect from them last time out as they looked more than capable of causing one or two alarm bells thanks to their talented bowling attack, but ultimately their batting let them down. They face a New Zealand side who have enjoyed two mixed performances so far – albeit wins – but one which will thoroughly expect to outclass the Afghans here. Their pace attack is bowling extremely well and while their batsmen will ideally get some more time at the crease - which may encourage them to bat first - they should have too much in all facets for Afghanistan.