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New Zealand vs Afghanistan Match Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds - Cricket World Cup 2023

  • date Oct 18, 2023
  • Start Time 14:00 IST / 8:30 GMT
  • Stadium Name MA Chidambaram Stadium - Chennai, India
New Zealand NZ
Afghanistan AFG
288/6 (50)
139 (34.4)
New Zealand won by 149 runs

NZ vs AFG Betting Tips

  • Devon Conway averages 52.52 from 24 ODI innings and the opening batter is one of the most consistent players across all formats in international cricket. He has scored four centuries from his last 12 ODIs and regularly gets his side off to an excellent start in their innings. We recommend backing Conway to be New Zealand’s highest run scorer against Afghanistan in this game. With the ball, Trent Boult got the game off to an incredible start when he had Litton Das caught at long leg from the first ball of the contest. He went on to take another wicket in the match and he is our tip for New Zealand’s top wicket taker on Wednesday.
  • Rahmanullah Gurbaz struck 80 runs at the top of the order against England on Sunday and the right-hander is likely to come into this game with his confidence levels at an all-time career high. It took a run-out to dismiss him in Delhi and the young batter now averages just under 40 in this format. Gurbaz is a strong choice for Afghanistan’s highest run scorer against New Zealand. Rashid Khan took his 175th, 176th and 177th ODI wickets in the last game and he has dismissed five batters across the last two matches. The spinner will enjoy bowling in Chennai and he is our pick for Afghanistan’s top wicket taker in this fixture.
  • Very few bowlers have the ability of Trent Boult to pick up wickets during different stages of an ODI innings. We expect him to take over 1.5 wickets in this game.

NZ vs AFG Win Probability

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Our Prediction

New Zealand are favorites to win

NZ vs AFG ODI Match Prediction & Betting Tips, Cricket World Cup 2023

Match 16 of the 2023 Cricket World Cup brings New Zealand and Afghanistan together in Chennai on Wednesday afternoon for a day-night clash. New Zealand have got off to an excellent start in the tournament with convincing victories over England, the Netherlands and Bangladesh so far. Afghanistan were beaten Bangladesh and India in their opening two games before producing one of the all-time greatest World Cup upsets as they beat the 2019 winners England by 69 runs on Sunday. Read on as we preview this group stage match. The match gets underway at the MA Chidambaram, Chepauk at 14:00 local time.

New Zealand went all the way to the final in 2019 before losing on boundary count-back after a tie and a super over decider. They have got off to a flying start in this campaign with three wins from three and they should be too strong with both bat and ball for Afghanistan.

Afghanistan had only won one Cricket World Cup game, a 1-wicket win over Scotland in 2015, before their famous win over England on Sunday. Although the team will be full of self-belief coming into this clash, they will need another top performance to be competitive against New Zealand.

New Zealand vs Afghanistan ODI Match Live Streaming

TV channels: This game will be broadcast on Sky Cricket, Sky Sports AFG, Willow TV and Star Sports

Live StreamingYou can live-stream the match on Disney+ Hotstar and Sky Go

NZ vs AFG Match Toss Prediction

The last two ODIs at this venue have seen the team batting second win the match and we predict that both teams will want to field first in this clash.

NZ vs AFG Pitch Report

This will be the third match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium so far in this 2023 Cricket World Cup and we have seen a pitch where generally the bowlers have been on top. A par score will be around 300 but batting will not be easy.

14 out of 25 ODIs at this venue have been won by the team batting first but we are seeing a safe winning approach from the chasing teams. If the batters take time to settle themselves on the pitch before going for big shots then they can chase the target.

Chennai Weather Report

There will be a combination of cloud and sunny spells during the afternoon in Chennai before clear skies later in the evening. The temperature will fall no lower than 27 degrees.

Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds, and match prediction for New Zealand vs Afghanistan, World Cup 2023

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New Zealand Team News & Playing 11

New Zealand Team News

After finally making his international return following a long spell on the sidelines with a knee injury, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson then fractured his thumb in New Zealand’s win over Bangladesh on Friday. He could make a return later in the group stage but will certainly miss this match of World Cup 2023.

New Zealand Team Key Players

  • Devon Conway - The left-handed opener has an excellent international record across the globe but is particularly strong in India. From his six ODI innings in India he averages 76.80.
  • Darly Mitchell - The batting all-rounder is one of the most confident batters in world cricket at the moment and this was shown when he hit his first ball for six against Bangladesh before finishing on 89 not out from 67 balls.
  • Rachin Ravindra - Rachin Ravindra looks in good form and we are backing as one of the key-all rounders in this match for the Kiwis. Ravindra has scored 183 runs and picked 2 wickets in 3 matches so far.

New Zealand Key Batsmen Stats

Player Mat (ODI) Inns Runs HS Ave SR 100s 50s
Devon Conway 25 24 1103 152* 52.52 88.80 5 3
Darly Mitchell 32 28 1162 129 50.52 94.85 4 4
Rachin Ravindra 15 11 372 123* 37.20 113.06 1 2
  • Trent Boult - The smiling opening bowler continues to be a very hard opponent for batters at this level. He dismissed Litton Das and Towhid Hridoy during the victory in Match 11.
  • Mitchell Santner - The left-arm spin bowling all-rounder bowled one of the two maiden overs across the game in the win over Bangladesh. He has picked up 8 wickets already in this campaign.

New Zealand Key Bowlers Stats

Player Mat (ODI) Inns Overs Wkts BBM Ave Econ SR 5w
Trent Boult 107 106 967.0 200 7/34 23.84 4.93 29.0 6
Mitchell Santner 97 92 749.5 99 5/50 36.74 4.85 45.4 2

New Zealand Team Form

New Zealand have now won five ODIs in a row and victory over Afghanistan on Wednesday will mean six successive wins in this format.

New Zealand Predicted Playing 11

Devon Conway, Will Young, Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (c) (wk), Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult

NZ vs AFG Prediction
New Zealand vs Afghanistan Match Prediction

Afghanistan Team News & Playing 11

Afghanistan Team News

Although it is a different venue in a different city, it would be a big surprise if there were to be any changes for Afghanistan in this match after their historic win in the last game. Particularly with the Chepauk ground likely to assist the spinners again, we expect to see the same XI take the field on Wednesday.

Afghanistan Team Key Players

  • Rahmanullah Gurbaz - Freed from wicket-keeping duties, the 21 year old opener took the attack to England’s experienced bowling unit in Delhi hitting 12 boundaries in his 57-ball innings.
  • Ibrahim Zadran - The 21 year old right-handed batting all-rounder has not been at his best in this format over recent games but still shared in an opening partnership of 114 in the win over England.
  • Azmatullah Omarzai - Omarzai is performing well with both bat and ball. He has scored more than 100 runs so far and picked a wicket as well. His form can help AFG to win more matches.

Afghanistan Key Batsmen Stats

Player Mat (ODI) Inns Runs HS Ave SR 100s 50s
Rahmanullah Gurbaz 29 29 1106 151 39.50 87.01 5 3
Ibrahim Zadran 22 22 983 162 49.15 83.23 4 4
Azmatullah Omarzai 16 11 240 62 26.66 82.75 0 2
  • Rashid Khan - The most famous face and name in Afghanistan cricket was at his best in Sunday’s victory and it was appropriate that he took the final wicket to secure the win.
  • Mujeeb Ur Rahman - It is not very often that any bowler, let alone a spinner manages to upstage Rashid Khan for Afghanistan but it happened against England with the 22 year old taking the Player of the Match Award.

Afghanistan Key Bowlers Stats

Player Mat (ODI) Inns Overs Wkts BBM Ave Econ SR 5w
Rashid Khan 97 92 823.2 177 7/18 19.78 4.25 27.9 4
Mujeeb Ur Rahman 69 68 604.3 96 5/50 26.56 4.21 37.7 1

Afghanistan Team Form

After their convincing 69 run win over England on Sunday, Afghanistan will believe that they can match any side, particularly on a spinning wicket.

Afghanistan Predicted Playing 11

Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Ikram Alikhil (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi

NZ vs AFG Team Form in Last Five Matches

NZ : W W W W W


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New Zealand vs Afghanistan Head to Head

New Zealand and Afghanistan have met at the last two Cricket World Cups with the Black Caps winning by 6 wickets in 2015 and by 7 wickets in 2019.

NZ vs AFG Head to Head Stats in ODIs

  Matches Played NZ Won AFG Won Tie NR
Overall 2 2 0 0 0
Last 5 2 2 0 0 0

Recommended: Detailed Head to Head Stats of NZ vs AFG

New Zealand vs Afghanistan Betting Odds

The loss of Kane Williamson again does leave New Zealand slightly more vulnerable but they are still overwhelming favourites with the bookies at 1.22. Afghanistan will come into this match as the underdogs once more at 3.75.

Who will win New Zealand vs Afghanistan ODI Match?

Although some pundits will be predicting a second successive upset for Afghanistan, New Zealand have a team which is full of consistent performers. Afghanistan are exciting but New Zealand look most likely to be the top side.

NZ vs AFG Top Team Batsmen

Our batting picks are Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell, Rachin Ravindra and Tom Latham for New Zealand. Young all-rounder Ravindra was promoted to open the batting with Kane Williamson in the team for the Bangladesh game but we expect him back to number three in this match. So far in this his first Cricket World Cup, Ravindra has scored 183 runs and picked up 2 wickets. Latham has only been called upon to bat once in the three matches in the tournament so far and he delivered a score of 53 when asked to do so against the Netherlands. He will be back as skipper in this game and the left-hander has previously hit seven ODI centuries.

For Afghanistan, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Ikram Alikhil and Hashmatullah Shahidi are our batting choices. Keeper-batter Alikhil came into the team against England and produced what turned out to be a match-winning performance with 58 runs from number six. Although he is relatively inexperienced at this level in this format, he has now scored three half-centuries for Afghanistan in ODIs. Skipper Shahidi impressed with 80 against the top bowling attack of India in Afghanistan’s second game of the tournament. He comes into this clash looking for his 18th score of 50+ in this format.

NZ vs AFG Top Team Bowlers

For New Zealand, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson and Mitchell Santner are our tips with the ball. Right arm fast medium opening bowler continued his strong form in the tournament by taking his seventh and eighth wickets in the win over Bangladesh. He has now taken 138 wickets in this format and is proving to be a more than able deputy whilst Tim Southee recovers from his injury. Lockie Ferguson returned to the New Zealand side with a Player of the Match performance which saw him take 3-49 from 10 overs against Bangladesh. He had not picked up as many wickets as his displays had deserved in previous games and now he looks to be back to his best.

Our bowling recommendations are Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Fazalhaq Farooqi for Afghanistan. Experienced all-rounder Nabi took 2-16 from 6 overs against England and he will be looking forward to bowling his off-spin on another surface which offers turn in this game. He got the big wicket of Dawid Malan on Sunday and he will be targeting the big-name left-handers for New Zealand in this match. Pace bowler Farooqi got Afghanistan off to an excellent start when he dismissed Jonny Bairstow with his first ball of the game and the first ball of the second over against England. He is particularly dangerous with the new ball.

🏆 New Zealand vs Afghanistan Prediction

Before Afghanistan shocked England on Sunday, most commentators would have expected an easy contest for New Zealand in this game. However, with the conditions in Chennai likely to suit some of Afghanistan’s bowling attack, we could well be in for another interesting match. Player for player, and even with Tim Southee and Trent Boult out of the side, New Zealand have much more top level experience and are in stronger form than Afghanistan. Overall, we are expecting Afghanistan’s youthful side to cause the Black Caps some worries but our prediction is for New Zealand to win again and make it four wins in a row in the tournament.

New Zealand to beat Afghanistan

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Posted On 18th October 2023 09:55:00 AM
Posted by Kavin

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