India Still Have a Chance to Qualify for the T20 World Cup.
The New Zealand and Afghanistan team are ready to match for the first time in a T20 World Cup face off in Abu Dhabi on 7th November. Countries with no amiable indifference and recorded rivalries are contesting against one another for neither's share of luck. The ball comes completely in India's court.
While Afghanistan has usurped the likes of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the Super 12s, they have lost to powerhouses like Pakistan and India. Both teams, including India, are rooting for the second semi-final spot.
New Zealand’s batting has looked in good condition and its bowling, especially the eight overs of quality spin from Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner, are going to be crucial here, where the longer boundaries are a much bigger challenge for batters looking to travel big. And if they are doing bear, they'll air course to finish a hugely impressive set of all-formats ends up in ICC tournaments - they were ODI World Cup runners-up in 2019, and that they clinched the planet Test Championship mace earlier this year.Afghanistan, on the other hand, will be sweating over the fitness of Mujeeb Ur Rahman. In batting, openers Hazratullah Zazai and Mohammad Shahzad set the tone with their aggressive approach in PowerPlay. Whether they can do the same against the pace duo of Trent Boult and Tim Southee remains to be seen.
If Kane Williamson's men come out victorious, they will secure eight more points and qualify for contesting in the finals. But a win for Afghanistan, will help India stand off against the Namibia team. Afghanistan can ace the match results if India rejoices in victory at the final tournament, but a win against the Kiwis, now sounds essential to improve their Net Run Rate.
The Afghanistan team is boosted up by its large fan base all along social media and Twitter. Mujeeb Ur Rahman's recovery is now jokingly subsided in India, for offering his physiotherapy services by R Ashwin.
Afghanistan is again under political diplomacy and hypocrisy by Indians. The stand of Hashmatullah seems evident in boosting up the sportsman spirit.
"We only focus on ourselves, our team. Our main focus is how we qualify for the semi-finals, so we will go with that, and our focus is only on us, so we will try our best to qualify for the semi-finals."
Afghanistan batter Hashmatullah Shahidi says his team won't be distracted by the India subplot.
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