New Zealand vs Afghanistan LIVE score, T20 World Cup: NZ take on AFG in Melbourne

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New Zealand vs Afghanistan TEAM NEWS

New Zealand camp: Daryl Mitchell completed his training successfully coming into the contest and will be available. Remains to be seen whether he comes right back into the playing XI

Afghanistan: No reported issues for the Mohammad Nabi-led side

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New Zealand vs Afghanistan Head-to-head

New Zealand and Afghanistan have only ever faced off in one T20I and it came at the 2021 World Cup. New Zealand won that match by 8 wickets with 11 balls to spare. On that day, Afghanistan scored 124 which was chased down comfortably by the Black Caps. Kane Williamson scored an unbeaten 40 from 42 balls and Devon Conway added 36 from 32 balls

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New Zealand vs Afghanistan

Second fixture of the T20 World Cup for both New Zealand and Afghanistan. Contrast results in their first. New Zealand thoroughly thrashed Australia to win by 89 runs. Elsewhere, Afghanistan were dismissed for a low total and then lost by 5 wickets to England. To Afghanistan's, things could have been worse but for the bowlers containing England and keeping the negative net run rate down.

New Zealand vs Afghanistan Preview: New Zealand made a strong start to their T20 World Cup campaign by beating Australia. The 89-run win saw them beat their neighbours in Australia for the first time since 2009. The confidence-inducing win sets the tone for their upcoming matches – starting with Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan, one of the challenging sides in the format, can prove to be a difficult opposition courtesy their spin bowling. It was their bowling effort that kept England pegged back in the 5 wicket defeat. Had it not been for the bowlers, the net run rate would have been worse off.

New Zealand’s strong batting lineup will have to be wary of Afghanistan’s spin trio of Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman. The trio picked three wickets against England and had a combined economy rate of 5.00.


New Zealand Squad: Finn Allen, Devon Conway(w), Kane Williamson(c), Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Daryl Mitchell, Martin Guptill, Adam Milne, Michael Bracewell

Afghanistan Squad: Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz(w), Ibrahim Zadran, Usman Ghani, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi(c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Qais Ahmad, Naveen-ul-Haq, Darwish Rasooli, Mohammad Saleem Safi.

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