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Afghanistan won the toss and invited New Zealand to bat first”


2023: Afghanistan won the toss and invited New Zealand to bat first in the World Cup encounter in Chennai on Wednesday. While Afghanistan have fielded an unchanged playing XI, New Zealand bring in Will Young in place of Kane Williamson, who has been ruled out due to a fracture on left thumb.

After stunning defending champions England by 69 runs, Afghanistan will look to make two wins in a row when they meet New Zealand in spin friendly Chepauk on Wednesday. New Zealand, on the other hand, head into the contest on the back of a dominating win over Bangladesh, and will look to maintain their 100 percent record. A win against Afghanistan will help New Zealand climb to the pole position, which is currently occupied by India.

If we look at both the sides, New Zealand could appear as favourites but Afghanistan’s spin bowling strength will give them an edge at Chepauk. The spin trio of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Mohammad Nabi will hold the key and they will hope for another strong performance by Rahmanullah Gurbaz at the top.

If we look at the New Zealand unit, all-rounders Rachin Ravindra and Mitchell Santner will hold key for the Black Caps.

-New Zealand have won three matches in a row

-Afghanistan stunned England by 69 runs in previous match

-Kane Williamson won’t play due to a fracture on left thumb

-Afghanistan won the toss and opted to field



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