NZ vs AFG Match Preview

New Zealand has demonstrated exceptional performance in all aspects of the game, as evidenced by their significant margins of victory thus far. The valuable experience gained by Devon Conway through his participation in the IPL has proven to be advantageous, as he has been in outstanding form and has emerged as the top scorer for his team. Additionally, the contributions of Will Young and Rachin Ravindra at the top of the batting order have been commendable.

In his first match of the tournament on Friday, Kane Williamson displayed a brilliant innings, scoring 78 runs. Unfortunately, he was forced to retire early due to an injury to his thumb. Daryl Mitchell, renowned for his powerful striking ability, has also performed admirably. He will play a crucial role in the middle order, alongside Tom Latham and Glenn Phillips.

Turning to the bowling department, Matt Henry has excelled with the new ball, claiming 8 wickets. He will receive support from Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson. New Zealand has heavily relied on Mitchell Santner to deliver strong performances in the spin department, and he has thus far fulfilled expectations.

Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran displayed an impressive century partnership in the previous match, marking their third such achievement this year, thereby setting the stage for a substantial total. However, the inconsistent performance of the middle order continues to hinder Afghanistan's prospects. It is imperative for Ikram Alikhil and Rahmat Shah to elevate their game and contribute significantly with the bat in this upcoming match.

The significance of runs from the top two batsmen is evident, and they will face a stern challenge from New Zealand's bowlers. In fact, it is highly likely that the Afghan players will have to contend with a barrage of short balls from Lockie Ferguson.

The team possesses talented all-rounders in the form of Azmatullah Omarzai and Mohammad Nabi, who provide depth to the batting lineup. Afghanistan's renowned spin attack, which had a relatively subdued start, finally found its rhythm and claimed 8 wickets.

Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who both secured 3 wickets each, will once again be the key bowlers for Afghanistan. However, the pace department remains a weakness. If, and it is a significant if, the pitch in Chennai favors the spinners, Afghanistan will enter this match with a belief that victory is attainable.


Weather Report

The weather will remain warm and humid and there will be some dew during the second inning. 

Pitch Report

While the first game played at Chennai was a low-scoring affair thanks to a softer pitch, the last match played here offered a firm surface. There will be movement for the seamers early on in the match but things should settle down once the match progresses.

Notable stats

Devon Conway: New Zealand's Chennai Local

Devon Conway has scored 1109 runs in 24 innings, which is the most by a Kiwi batsman at this stage in his career. He has scored them at an average of 52.52.

Team News

Kane Williamson has fractured his thumb and is likely to miss this match. 


NZ vs AFG Probable 11

NZ Playing 11

  • Devon Conway
  • Will Young
  • Rachin Ravindra
  • Daryl Mitchell
  • Mitchell Santner
  • Glenn Phillips
  • Tom Latham (C)
  • Lockie Ferguson
  • Trent Boult
  • Matt Henry
  • Mark Chapman

AFG Playing 11

  • Rahmanullah Gurbaz
  • Ibrahim Zadran
  • Ikram Alikhil (Wk)
  • Rahmat Shah
  • Hashmatullah Shahidi (C)
  • Mohammad Nabi
  • Azmatullah Omarzai
  • Rashid Khan
  • Mujeeb Ur Rahman
  • Fazalhaq Farooqi
  • Naveen Ul-Haq
This is not the official playing 11 for the match. This is a prediction of the expected playing 11 for each team based on the writers analysis.

Dream11 Prediction

We are backing New Zealand to win this match. They enjoy an excellent record against Bangladesh. The team is in brilliant all-round form and should have no problem in overcoming any challenge thrown towards them. 


Top Picks

Daryl Mitchell: Mitchell scored a half-century in the last match and is one of the most explosive batsmen in the New Zealand line-up. He has scored a total of 1162 runs in his career at a strike rate of 94.85.

Lockie Ferguson: Ferguson picked a 3 for in his last appearance on this ground. His economy rate is also very miserly.

Mohammad Nabi: One of Afghanistan’s most senior players, Nabi has scored 3187 runs in his career and has also picked up 156 wickets. 


NZ vs AFG Dream11 Team 1

Keeper: D Conway, R Gurbaz

Batters: D Mitchell (C), I Zadran

All-rounders: M Nabi, M Santner (VC), R Ravindra, A Omerzai

Bowlers: Rashid-Khan, M Henry, L Ferguson

NZ vs AFG Dream11 Prediction - OCB Team Prediction