New Zealand vs Afghanistan, ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Live Cricket Score Updates: Afghanistan Skipper Mohammad Nabi Wins Toss, Opts To Bat vs New Zealand In Abu Dhabi | Cricket News

New Zealand vs Afghanistan, ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Live Cricket Score Updates: Afghanistan Skipper Mohammad Nabi Wins Toss, Opts To Bat vs New Zealand In Abu Dhabi | Cricket News

Afghanistan skipper Mohammad Nabi has won the toss and opted to bat vs New Zealand in his team’s last group stage match of the ongoing T20 World Cup on Sunday at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Afghanistan have made one change in their playing XI as spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman comes back into the side in place of Sharafuddin Ashraf while New Zealand made no changes in their lineup. New Zealand go into the game on the back of three consecutive victories — against Scotland, India and Namibia — after losing their first match to Pakistan who have already qualified for the last four stage. Afghanistan on the other side, have won two of their four matches till now and they need a big win against the Kane Williamson-led side to have any chance of qualifying for the semi-finals. The result of this game will also be significant to India who sit at the third spot in Group 2 points table with 4 points. If Mohammad Nabi-led side will come out as winners against the Black Caps, then India will have a chance of making it to the semi-finals when they take the field against Namibia on Monday. For New Zealand the equation is simple, if they win this game then they will seal their place in the final four and both Afghanistan and India will be eliminated. (LIVE SCORECARD)

What captains said at toss:

“We will bat first. It was a night game in Abu Dhabi, so we bowled first considering the dew factor. It’s a day game, so we want to post a decent total on the board. Mujeeb is back, he is in the team, Sharafuddin is out. We will try our best and try to win,” said Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi.

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Afghanistan Playing XI: Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Shahzad(w), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi(c), Karim Janat, Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

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“We were going to have a bat as well, it’s a used surface. I think both sides have match winners and it’s a mix of youth and experience. We are playing with the same team, no changes, said Kane Williamson after loosing the toss.

New Zealand Playing XI: Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson(c), Devon Conway(w), Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult

  • 15:11 (IST)

    No Changes In New Zealand Playing XI!

    New Zealand Playing XI: Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson(c), Devon Conway(w), Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult

  • 15:10 (IST)

    Mujeeb Comes Back In Afghanistan Playing XI!

    Afghanistan Playing XI: Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Shahzad(w), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi(c), Karim Janat, Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

  • 15:04 (IST)

    Afghanistan Win Toss, Opt To Bat vs New Zealand!

    Afghanistan skipper Mohammad Nabi has won the toss and elected to bat vs New Zealand in Abu Dhabi.

  • 14:49 (IST)

    How India Can Qualify For Semis?

    Here’s how semifinals equation stands for India ahead of New Zealand and Afghanistan tie: 

    1. Afghanistan need to beat New Zealand today

    2. India need to defeat Namibia in their last match of the tournament and go past Afghanistan’s net run rate

  • 14:42 (IST)

    First T20I Game Between Afghanistan And New Zealand!

    Afghanistan and New Zealand have never clashed in T20 internationals. They have only met in ODIs and that too in World Cups- 2015 and 2019 with Black Caps winning both times.

  • 14:01 (IST)

    Hello And Welcome!

    Hello and Welcome to the live blog of Afghanistan vs New Zealand T20 World Cup 2021 match. This is one of the most crucial game of the ongoing tournament as three teams – New Zealand, Afghanistan and India — are on the boat to reach the semifinals. If Afghanistan win this game then India will have a chance of making it to the final four when they take the field against Namibia on Monday. However, India need to go past Afghanistan’s net run-rate to finish second in Group 2. For New Zealand the equation is simple if they win this game then they will seal their place in the final four and both Afghanistan and India will be eliminated.

    The match will start at 3:30 PM IST while the toss will be at 3:00 PM.

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