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New Zealand vs Afghanistan Preview, Kick-off Time & Match Details

June 7, 2024
New Zealand vs Afghanistan T20 World Cup

New Zealand, considered a strong contender for the T20 World Cup title, will begin their campaign against Afghanistan in the 14th match of the tournament. The game kicks off on Monday, July 8th, 2024 at 5:15 PM Nepal Time. While New Zealand boasts a formidable squad, Afghanistan’s recent win against Uganda injects confidence into their underdog status.

Match Details

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  • Match: New Zealand vs Afghanistan, Match 14, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024
  • Venue: (Venue to be confirmed)
  • Date: Monday, July 8, 2024
  • Kick-off Time: 5:15 PM Nepal Time
  • New Zealand Aims for Dominant Start

Despite missing warm-up games due to player commitments in the Indian T20 League, New Zealand is expected to make a powerful debut in the World Cup. Their batting line-up features an explosive opening duo (Conway and Allen) followed by seasoned campaigners like Williamson, Mitchell, and Chapman. They also possess a deep batting order with finishers like Phillips, Neesham, and Santner providing firepower. The bowling attack, spearheaded by the pace duo of Boult and Southee, is equally impressive, with Santner and Sodhi offering spin variations.

Afghanistan Seeks Repeat Performance

Riding high on a convincing win against Uganda, Afghanistan presents an exciting challenge for New Zealand. Their opening partnership of Gurbaz and Zadran has been in top form, laying a solid foundation for middle-order batsmen like Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, and Gulbadin Naib. Power hitters like Azmatullah Omarzai and Rashid Khan add further depth to the batting. The bowling attack, led by Farooqi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman, relies heavily on the experience of Rashid Khan’s spin alongside Naveen-ul-Haq.

Can Afghanistan Pull Off an Upset?

This encounter promises an intriguing battle. While New Zealand is the clear favorite on paper, Afghanistan’s momentum and fighting spirit shouldn’t be underestimated. The outcome will hinge on whether Afghanistan can maintain its form and handle the pressure of facing a more experienced opponent. Cricket fans around the world will be watching this match with anticipation.

Yukesh Chaudhary

Yukesh Chaudhary is the CEO and Founder of Niriv, The parent company of The Ditible. He writes on sports news and trends, He has been writing sports news from 2021 and has been writing here.

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