Scores of countrymen of India after celebrating the five-day festival of Jyoti with great fanfare, are praying in unison that Afghanistan will somehow be able to beat New Zealand in the Group-2 match of the T20 World Cup to be played on Super Sunday. .
In fact, all the hopes of Team India rest on this defeat of New Zealand.
If Afghanistan loses in this match, then the match played with Namibia on Monday i.e. November 8 will be of no importance for India.
Looking at the history of ICC Championships, New Zealand’s performance in these matches has been excellent.
She has also often been seen playing in the semi-finals of these tournaments. Anyway, as a team, New Zealand’s team looks more balanced.
New Zealand’s batting is much better than Afghanistan. Also being experienced, he knows how to play in difficult situations.
When it was getting difficult to hit the boundary against Namibia, he won by running one run each.
- Afghanistan is backed by spin
Afghanistan’s team looks a little better than New Zealand in one area of the game, it is spin. It is difficult for any batsman to play bowlers like Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman.
In New Zealand’s team, except captain Kane Williamson, most of the batsmen are not adept at playing quality spin. That’s why this spin pair of Afghanistan has the potential to make a difference.
Another important thing in this match is that if this match is to be played in the day in Abu Dhabi, then the role of toss is not going to be important in this.
So the team bowling later will have equal chances to win.
In this situation, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb can make an impact on the match by bowling with full dedication. It will be interesting to see what New Zealand captain Williamson decides if he wins the toss.
To win Afghanistan, New Zealand’s pace attackers Tim Southee and Trent Boult will have to face better. That’s how he can make a fighting score.
Once she crosses 150, the spin pair can be expected to win.
But if we look at the performance of New Zealand, it has performed only loosely against Pakistan. She has been successful in the rest of the matches.
- India has improved in the last two matches
Team India has improved its net run rate compared to New Zealand and Afghanistan by performing brilliantly against Scotland and Afghanistan in the last two matches.
So once Afghanistan has conquered New Zealand, they will only need a win over Namibia in their last match. There will be no need to win this match by a huge margin.
The Afghanistan team knows that it will get the support of not only its cricket supporters but also the whole of India when they come against New Zealand.
This support can boost the morale of the players to perform better, but matches are won only by the performance of the players in the field.
For this reason, Afghanistan will have to prepare for a better performance not only in bowling but also in batting to conquer New Zealand.
- pressure will have to be created in powerplay
Openers Martin Guptill and Daryl Mitchell have started well for New Zealand so far. Apart from this, Captain Williamson is also a wonderful batsman.
If Afghanistan wants to win this match, then it will have to create pressure by taking two wickets each in the powerplay.
He can do this work only with spin bowling instead of pace attack. Once wickets go out in the powerplay, it is natural for the team to be under pressure.
If Afghanistan plays to its potential, it has the potential to trap New Zealand. The way he performed against Pakistan’s number one team in this group, he will have to repeat it.
He had created conditions to win the match against Pakistan. But in the last two overs, Asif changed the map of the match by hitting sixes. This means that he will also have to tighten his death overs bowling.
- Difficult to recover from first two tremors
Team India is facing the brunt of not performing as per the expectations in the first two matches against Pakistan and New Zealand. In fact, in this group, only these three teams were considered to be the contenders for reaching the semi-finals.
So a win against one of these two teams was necessary. But due to poor performance in both batting and bowling, India is forced to reach towards the other team to make its way today.
- Mixed atmosphere in Indian camp
Team India cricketers know that the situation is not in their hands. He knows that Afghanistan’s victory is necessary before he can enter the field to do wonders.
If it does not win, then the players of the team are ready to return home after completing the formality of playing the last match against Namibia.
It is sure that if India’s path to the semi-finals is made, then captain Virat Kohli’s dream of winning the ICC trophy can also be fulfilled.
- More aspirants for India to reach the semi-finals
Not only the cricket lovers of India, the ICC, broadcasters and sponsors are also praying to God that somehow Team India reaches the semi-finals.
The reason for this is that if India does not reach the semi-finals, all of them are likely to suffer heavy losses.
Not only this, once India is out, a large section of cricket lovers will lose interest in this championship.