Afghanistan to face New Zealand on the 40th Match of the T20 World Cup 2021 at 4 pm Bangladeshi time Today.
Afghanistan may already be one of the most popular options for cricket fans' second-favorite international team across the world, but when they hit the field today, they'll have more followers pulling for them than ever before. Twitter is already flooded with India supporters who have Afghanistan flags next to their names. R Ashwin has already joked about India sending their physiotherapist to help Mujeeb Ur Rahman recuperate from the injury that has kept him out of Afghanistan's past two games.
Both New Zealand and Afghanistan are still in the race for the semi-finals. New Zealand has the easier task: win and they're through, regardless of what India does later against Namibia.
A victory by Afghanistan is more likely to send India into the semi-finals , but considering how unlikely their trip has been in going as far as they have as a cricketing power, why would you rule out another unexpected twist? They have the firepower, both with the bat and with the ball, to make that happen, especially if Mujeeb is fit.
Abu Dhabi has generated three of the four highest totals of this World Cup, but it has also provided the lowest powerplay average of the three UAE venues used in this tournament.The enormous boundary sizes might lead to some exciting tactical fights, particularly if the pitch's location adds an element of asymmetry.
Afghanistan Probable XI
1 Hazratullah Zazai, 2 Mohammad Shahzad (wk), 3 Rahmanullah Gurbaz, 4 Gulbadin Naib, 5 Najibullah Zadran, 6 Mohammad Nabi (capt), 7 Karim Janat, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Sharafuddin Ashraf/Mujeeb Ur Rahman, 10 Naveen-ul-Haq, 11 Hamid Hassan.
New Zealand Probable XI
1 Martin Guptill, 2 Daryl Mitchell, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Devon Conway (wk), 5 Glenn Phillips, 6 James Neesham, 7 Mitchell Santner, 8 Adam Milne, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Ish Sodhi, 11 Trent Boult.