Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions - ICC Cricket World Cup - Afghanistan v New Zealand
The 13th match of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup will be played between Afghanistan and New Zealand at The Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton.
Afghanistan and New Zealand have played only one match against each other which was in the 2015 World Cup. It did not come as a surprise then that Afghanistan were bowled out for just 186, despite a half-century from Najibullah Zadran. In reply, New Zealand chased down the total comfortably on the back of a half-century from opener Martin Guptill, as the Kiwis won the match by six wickets, with more than 13 overs to spare.
In the last five matches that Afghanistan have played, they have won two and lost three. On the contrary, New Zealand have won all their last five matches and are looking in good rhythm.
Afghanistan raised lot of hopes after stunning Pakistan in their first official World Cup warm-up match but have since been on the downturn. After getting decimated by England in their second practice match, they have suffered heavy losses to Australia and Sri Lanka in their first two matches.
New Zealand have hit top form at the ideal time. They started their World Cup campaign with an easy win over Indian in their first warm-up match but were then beaten by West Indies by a huge margin. However, the Blackcaps did not let that effect their morale as they have won both their first two matches against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh respectively.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Afghanistan- Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Shahzad(wk), Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Gulbadin Naib(c), Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Hamid Hassan
New Zealand- Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – New Zealand
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Najibullah Zadran (Afghanistan), Martin Guptill (New Zealand)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan), Trent Boult (New Zealand)
Most Sixes – Najibullah Zadran (Afghanistan), Martin Guptill (New Zealand)
Team Scores Batting First – Afghanistan 230+, New Zealand 310+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features here, so stay tuned.
Also keep an eye on the weather forecast as the weather may effect the betting odds as well.
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