NZ vs AFG T20 WC Prediction 26 Oct 2022

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New Zealand vs Afghanistan

ICC T20 World Cup 2022

New Zealand
  • Date: 2022-10-26
  • Start Time: 13:30
  • Location: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia
  • Tournament: ICC T20 World Cup 2022
  • Format: Twenty20
  • Prediction By: Malcolm Richards

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  • Prediction:
    New Zealand to Win
  • Best Odds:
    New Zealand: 1.19
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New Zealand and Afghanistan, two teams from group A of the ICC T20 World Cup tournament, will be against each other on Wednesday, 26th October. Both the teams have started their T20 World Cup campaign on a positive note and they have gained some confidence for the rest of the games.

  • New Zealand defeated Australia in a high-scoring game
  • Afghanistan lost their last match against England but their performance was exceptionally well
  • New Zealand will now eye another win and secure their spot for the next round

NZ vs AFG – ICC T20 World Cup – Venue Details

Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia

Date: 26th October 2022

Time: 1.30 PM (IST)

NZ vs AFG – ICC T20 World Cup – Team Preview

New Zealand

New Zealand will be happy to see a sudden rise in their game as they defeated the 2021 champions at their home ground. It was a dominating performance by the Kiwi players and the win would have given much-needed confidence for the rest of the tournament. Kane Williamson and his men surprised everyone by starting their world cup campaign with a win.

Since their last year’s performance in T20 cricket, New Zealand has struggled a lot and they are not the favourites to win the T20 World Cup. However, against Australia, the whole team came together and didn’t allow any moment of positivity to the opposition. Finn Allen and Devon Conway gave good momentum to the team and the absence of Martin Guptil was not hurting the team management.

After scoring 200, it was a chance for the bowlers to rise and shine in the game. Tim Southee and Mitchell Santner claimed three wickets apiece while Trent Boult took two to derail Australia’s chase. There were little or no concerns for New Zealand. Williamson’s inability to up the ante was the only aberration.


Afghanistan lost their first game of the tournament against England but they gave a tough fight and nobody can deny the fact that the team has come out strong in recent years. Afghanistan has some of the best T20 players who can be labelled as the best T20 experts in the world. The team carries the capability to defeat any strong team.

After losing the toss, Afghanistan got an opportunity to bat first against England. The opening partnership was demolished in the initial overs but Ibrahim Zadran and Usman Ghani played some brilliant knocks to bring back the team in the game. It was a slow game for Afghanistan but in front of English bowlers, they were rotating strikes.

Afghanistan squad is known for their bowling. English batsmen target Fareed Ahmad and Azmatullah Omarazi but even then these two picked up wickets just like every other bowler in the team. MCG witnessed a good swing in India vs Pakistan game and hence the pace attack will get the benefit of the same.

NZ vs AFG – ICC T20 World Cup – Probable Playing XI

New Zealand: Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Glenn Phillips, Jimmy Neesham, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boul

Afghanistan: Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Usman Ghani, Mohammad Nabi (c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Fareed Ahmed

NZ vs AFG – ICC T20 World Cup – Toss Prediction and Pitch Report

Melbourne cricket ground had a thrilling game between India and Pakistan and bowlers from both teams witnessed a good swing on the pitch. The toss-winning team should opt to bowl first as the chase will be easier.

NZ vs AFG – ICC T20 World Cup -Match Prediction

Surprisingly New Zealand has suddenly started playing their best and they are definitely a strong team compared to Afghanistan. We predict New Zealand to win on Wednesday.