New Zealand vs Afghanistan, 21st Match, T20 WC 2022 – Fantasy Preview with Predicted Playing XIs, Venue Details, Relevant Stats & Full Fantasy XI

New Zealand will take on Afghanistan in the 21st Match of the 2022 T20 World Cup and 12th Khiladi provides you with the Dream11 prediction and fantasy tips for this contest.


Melbourne Cricket Ground – Venue Notes

  • Average First Innings Score in all T20s since 2018: 157
  • Bat First vs Bowl First in all T20s since 2018: Win batting first – 17; Win chasing – 12
  • Wickets distribution by bowl type in the last 10 T20s: RAP – 69, LAP – 8SLO – 5, OS – 5, WS – 30
  • Pacers at this venue: 659 wickets, 26 average, 8.1 ER
  • Spinners at this venue: 313 wickets, 27 average, 7.3 ER
  • Pacers and Wrist spinners are better suited to this pitch than the other bowling types.
  • This venue has relatively shorter straight boundaries while the rest are larger. MCG is the biggest cricket ground in Australia.
  • If it is a rain affected encounter (which is likely), stay connected to this article for further updates on the team.

Predicted Playing XI

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

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


New Zealand vs Afghanistan, T20 WC’22, 21st Match Stat Box

New Zealand (all T20s):

  • Kane Williamson in Australia: 8(21) [only 1 match played]
  • Trent Boult in Australia: 2/14 [only 1 match played]
  • Devon Conway while opening: 2877 runs, 47 average, 131 SR, 24x50s and 2x100s
  • Finn Allen in powerplay: 846 runs, 24.2 average, 161 SR
  • Glenn Philips while batting first: 4115 runs, 26.9 average, 154.3 SR, 21x50s, 3x100s
  • Mitchell Santner while bowling second: 90 wickets, 21.3 average, 4/11 BBI

Afghanistan (all T20s):

  • Mohammad Nabi in Australia: 25 wickets at 22/7.6 and 596 runs at 22/123 in 34 innings
  • Rashid Khan in Australia: 84 wickets at 16/6.5 and 343 runs at 151 SR in 57 innings
  • Mujeeb-ur-Rahman in Australia: 37 wickets at 23/6.2 in 37 innings
  • Rahmanullah Gurbaz vs High Pace: 8 outs at 24/127 in 28 innings
  • Hazratullah Zazai vs High Pace: 4 outs at 59/159 in 23 innings
  • Rahmanullah Gurbaz vs Wrist-Spin in Overs 7-20: 5 outs at 28/129 in 13 innings
  • Najibullah Zadran vs Wrist-Spin in Overs 7-20: 12 outs at 23/121 in 37 innings
  • Hazratullah Zazai vs Wrist-Spin in Overs 7-20: 6 outs at 16/105 in 15 innings
  • Hazratullah Zazai vs Off-Spin in Overs 7-20: 7 outs at 13/107 in 15 innings
  • Najibullah Zadran vs Off-Spin in Overs 7-20: 9 outs at 18/100 in 31 innings
  • Mujeeb bowl 1st vs 2nd in BBL: 1st – 23w at 18/5.9 in 18 inns; 2nd – 14w at 31/6.5 in 19 inn
  • Ibrahim Zadran’s batting numbers in all T20s: 412 runs at 29/119 in 18 innings
  • Darwish Rasooli’s batting numbers in all T20s: 268 runs at 30/124 in 12 innings
  • Azmatullah Omarzai’s numbers in all T20s: 14 wickets and 264 runs at 29/117 in 17 innings
  • Fazalhaq Faarooqi’s numbers in 2022: 22 wickets in 20 innings
  • Fareed Ahmad’s recent form: 2w, 2w, 3w, 0w, 3w, 0w, 3w, 0w, 0w

New Zealand – Fantasy Notes

  • If New Zealand bowls first in this match, Trent Boult becomes a safe option for captaincy or vice captaincy. Load up all the New Zealand quicks, Melbourne will suit them really well.
  • Kane Williamson has been struggling to find form recently, and this could be the game where he takes his time and plays a long one. He is technically good and can hold his own against Rashid and co.
  • Avoid taking James Neesham if New Zealand bats second – he will not get the chance to bat in all likelihood, and Santner’s good form would mean less overs for him.

Afghanistan – Fantasy Notes

  • Afghanistan got all out for a cheap score in the last game, but still bowled well to take 5 wickets against England. Now they will be up against New Zealand at Melbourne, it is likely that the batting unit will find it tough again.
  • Fazal Haq and Fareed Malik are good options if Afghanistan bowls first as they have been picking plenty of wickets in the recent few matches. They provide both powerplay and death bowling value.
  • Ibrahim Zadran will remain the safest choice to pick from Afghanistan’s batting lineup.

Base Fantasy Team

WKs: Devon Conway

Batters: Ibrahim Zadran, Kane Williamson, Najibullah Zadran

All-Rounders: Mitchell Santner, Mohammad Nabi

Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Fazalhaq Farooqui, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson

C/VC picks: Trent Boult, Rashid Khan

Note: Return after 15 minutes of the toss for a fully updated XI

Stats Credit: Cricinfo and Cricmetric

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