first_imgALSO READ:FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 Advertisement AdvertisementAfghanistan is the new minnows, while teams like Bangladesh have now grown leaps and bounds and cannot be considered as the underdogs, they have now in that regard been replaced by Afghanistan. The Afghans’ cricketing development has taken place at a staggering rate and it is probably safe to say that they are already ahead of some longtime cricket playing nations like Zimbabwe, Ireland, etc.However, while they are clearly a much stronger and much-improved side on paper, they do still lack the experience in One Day cricket. There is also a big difference in the skills levels of the Afghans and the bigger teams like New Zealand.To further add to the Afghans’ misery, one of their key players, their explosive opening batsmen and experienced wicketkeeper Mohd. Shahzad has sustained an injury and has consequently been ruled out of the World Cup.On the contrary, New Zealand is looking in fine form with everybody almost equally contributing to their victories. Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult, who weren’t in the best of forms before the world cup commenced, have also now picked up a purple patch and turning out to be unplayable for the opponents.Martin Guptill has taken over former legend Brendan McCullum’s role of giving New Zealand a good, explosive, fast start to the game, while Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, in particular, are responsible for getting their nation to a stable high score.Taylor is the key to New Zealand’s batting. His presence in the middle order provides them with a lot of stability and he is the batsman to beat. Do not be surprised if Taylor finishes up being one of the top 5 run getters of the tournament.New Zealand will most likely be just too strong for the courageous and a full-of-heart Afghanistan side.last_img read more

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