New Zealand vs. Afghanistan will be one of the least interesting matches of the tournament. Both teams have no comparison when it comes to cricket. New Zealand exceed Afghanistan in all departments of the game whether it is batting, bowling or fielding. When one side is so dominating as compared to the other, the contest just doesn’t appeal to the crowd. New Zealand – Afghanistan face off isn’t exactly an even contest and analysts believe that it’s easy 2 points for New Zealand. Maybe Afghanistan might pull off a miracle on the day.
Afghanistan have a long way to go if they want to be in the same league as New Zealand. They’ve both haven’t played much cricket against one another. Both teams have met on the international stage only once before. They clashed in the WC 2015 held in New Zealand and Australia. Their ODI comparison is given below:
- NZ ODI Ranking: 3rd
- Afghanistan ODI Ranking: 10th
- Head-to-Head in ODIs: 1 Match
- NZ won: 1
- Afghanistan won: 0
NZ eventually lost to Australia in 2015 WC but they have all the potential to win this time. Afghanistan, on the other hand, have a lot of work to do to even think they can win this tournament.
New Zealand would be looking to defeat Afghanistan by an enormous margin which will certainly help their net run rate. Afghanistan will have to do some damage control here and lose by a small margin if they can’t win. If Afghanistan fight fiercely to the end, they might not win the contest but they sure will earn respect from the opposition as well as the world. For New Zealand, it’s all about dominance and this clash will be a chance for display of power.
New Zealand – Afghanistan duel is set to take place at the WC with details as follows:
- Date: 8th June 2019
- Venue: County Cricket Ground, Taunton.
- Time: 5:30 PM Pakistan Time (D/N)
The ground is mostly used for test cricket and has witnessed some of the highest individual test scores in history. The ground has witnessed only 3 ODI matches. It is a flat track which favors batting side. New Zealand will be quite comfortable taking on a minnow team on a batting wicket considering that their top order has been doing so well both at home and abroad. New Zealand will be hoping for a 350+ target if they bat first or to bowl out Afghanistan below 200 if they are put to bowl first.
Afghanistan will be hoping that their top order withstands NZ’s pace offense. Considering their inexperience, they’ll be eyeing 220+ runs which gives them a decent chance to fight. Although this is easy for NZ to chase, at least Afghanistan will fight to the last over.
Win for NZ:
NZ will have no problem beating Afghanistan. Surely, they will thrash the Asian minnows by an enormous margin. Afghanistan can cause an upset if they crumble NZ’s batting order quickly but chances of that happening are one in a million. NZ will have to defeat them comfortably and carry that momentum to their next match against India. All stats point to the inescapable fact that NZ will dominate Afghanistan on the scheduled day.