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New Zealand vs Afghanistan (Credits: Twitter)

NZ vs AFG: Match Preview– ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Match 40. New Zealand and Afghanistan will face each other in their next clash of ICC T20 World Cup 2021. The match will take place on November 7 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Both the teams are part of group 2 in the tournament.

New Zealand have played 4 matches in the tournament so far. They won 3 games and lost 1. New Zealand defeated India, Scotland, and Namibia but lost to Pakistan. The Kane Williamson-led side have 6 points in their kitty and take the 2nd spot in group 2 points table.

New Zealand Team
New Zealand Team (Credits: Twitter)

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On the other hand, Afghanistan have played 4 matches in ICC T20 World Cup 2021 so far. They have won 2 games and lost 2. Afghanistan outplayed Scotland and Namibia but lost to Pakistan and India. With 4 points, they take the 4th spot in the points table.

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New Zealand and Afghanistan are both active in the race to semi-finals. Both the teams have never played a T20I match against each other before. They will face each other in the T20I encounter for the first time in ICC T20 World Cup 2021.

NZ vs AFG: Match Preview– ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Match 40

New Zealand

New Zealand, T20 World Cup 2021
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New Zealand are part of group 2 in ICC T20 World Cup 2021. Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Namibia, and Scotland are other teams part of the group. New Zealand will qualify for semi-finals if they defeat Afghanistan. In their previous game, New Zealand defeated Namibia by 55 runs.

Batting first, New Zealand scored 163-4 with Glenn Phillips’ 39 and Kames Neesham’s 35. Later, Namibia’s openers Michael van Lingen and Stephen Baard scored 25 and 21. However, they reached 111-7 in 20 overs and lost the match by 55 runs.

India vs New Zealand, T20 World Cup 2021
India vs New Zealand. Credits: ICC

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New Zealand Squad: Kane Williamson (c), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert (wk), Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee.

Afghanistan

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Afghanistan are also part of group 2 in the tournament. They have a chance to qualify for semis if they manage to defeat New Zealand in the next game. In their last match, Afghanistan lost to India by 66 runs.

Batting first in the match, India posted a mammoth 210-2 on the scoreboard. Rohit Sharma hit 74 while KL Rahul slammed 69 runs. For Afghanistan, Mohammad Nabi hit 35 while Karim Janat scored 42 runs. In the end, Afghanistan managed to score 144-7 on the scoreboard and lost the match by 66 runs.

Aghanistan Cricket Team, T20 World Cup 2021
Aghanistan Cricket Team. Credits: Twitter.

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Afghanistan Squad: Mohammad Nabi (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hazratullah Zazai, Usman Ghani, Mohammad Shahzad, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Gulbadin Naib, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Hamid Hassan, Farid Ahmed Malik, Naveen ul Haq.