Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Live Cricket Score - New Zealand vs Afghanistan, Super 12, T20 WC 2022. Afghanistan have two wins so far in the competition.
Afghanistan have two wins so far in the competition.
New Zealand lose Mitchell in quick start
Mujeeb has Bruce Mitchell caught behind but not before a quickfire start. New Zealand have raced away in the powerplay putting Afghanistan under pressure early.
Afghanistan restricted to 124
They've managed only 31 in the final five overs. New Zealand have been exceptional again, and this is a total that should not trouble them too much.
WICKET: Najibullah falls for 73
A crucial breakthrough early in the penultimate over. Najibullah, the only batter threatening to hit the boundaries so far, holes out to long off. Neesham runs to his left to take an excellent diving catch. That should shave some crucial runs off the total.
WICKET: Southee gets Nabi
Afghanistan are looking for quick runs at the finish, and Nabi smashes one back from Southee. But the bowler holds onto a sharp chance.
Fifty for Najibullah
He's been the lone semblance of resistance in Afghanistan. He's made use of his strength against the spinners to get to a 33-ball fifty.
WICKET: Sodhi strikes
Gulbadin tries to cut Sodhi but chops one on. That ends a sprightly 37-run stand. Afghanistan 54/4 now.
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Partnership for Afghanistan
Gulbadin and Najib have taken Afghanistan past fifty and put on a brisk stand for te 4th wickets. A mini fightback so far but Afghanistan far from out of danger still.
WICKET: Southee bags one now
It's Rahmanullah now who walks across and is caught plumb in front by a full one from Southee. New Zealand's pacers have been spot on right from the outset. Afghanistan's hopes fast fading, and so too India's.
WICKET: Boult gets Zazai
It's a soft dismissal to end Zazai's stay. He gets a leading edge to midwicket as Boult digs one in. Afghanistan in trouble at 12/2 in the 4th over.
WICKET: Shahzad departs
He struggled his way to a 11-ball 4 and departs trying to swat down a short ball from Milne. But he gets it on the bottom of the bat and presents a sharp chance to the keeper.
Toss: Afghanistan opt to bat; Mujeeb in
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
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
New Zealand are usually the second favourite team for a lot of Indian fans. But this afternoon, a billion people are going to wish for their downfall. Not sure if a contest featuring Afghanistan and New Zealand would ever receive so much hype in the future but here we are on what promises to be an important day in the race for the final semifinal spot. Pre-tournament favourites India would have never envisaged being in this position heading into the tournament. But two losses in their first two games has brought it down to this very moment. If Afghanistan win, they will hand India a lifeline – a massive one in fact. If New Zealand end up defying a million prayers, they will join Australia, England and Pakistan.
On paper, this might look like a straightforward win for the Kiwis. But games are not won on paper. T20s are definitely not won on paper and this Afghanistan side are more than capable of toppling New Zealand in these conditions. If Mujeeb regains fitness, then New Zealand will have a couple of tricky spinners to contend with in those middle overs. And not to disregard their batting unit as well that is building a reputation for being a six-hitting unit. If they manage to come out on top against New Zealand's own spin twins – Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi – then anything goes.
New Zealand will be in unfamiliar territory in terms of support but they will definitely back themselves to get the job done and progress to the final four. Amidst all this, Afghanistan also know that a victory by a huge margin will give them a chance to sneak into the semis. What an anticlimax that would be! No matter what the outcome is, the buzz is indeed real. Welcome to the live blog for what promises to be an intense, intriguing clash between two teams that have never faced each other in this format.