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T20 World Cup 2024: New Zealand v Afghanistan – preview, expected line-ups, free bets and offers

The State of Play

New Zealand face a stern test in their T20 World Cup opener as they face an Aghanistan side coming off the back of convincing victory over Uganda.

The Kiwis have had to wait patiently to get started and will have had a keen eye on Aghanistan’s opener, which was won by a huge 125 runs.

They will be raring to go at the Providence Stadium in Georgetown, Guayana, a ground which has proved helpful for bowlers and spinners so far.

An experienced bowling group of Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi should relish that, but so will Aghanistan’s Fazalhaq Farooqi who racked up five wickets for a loss of just nine runs in their first game.

Kane Williamson leads the Blackcaps and his battle with Rashid Khan is one to watch. The New Zealand skipper has scored only 30 runs off 29 balls against Rashid Khan in three previous innings.

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Predicted line-ups

New Zealand: Devon Conway, Rachin Ravindra, Kane Williamson (c), Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (wk), Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Tim Southee

Afghanistan: Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen ul Haq, Rashid Khan (c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Gulbadin Naib, Karim Janat, Mohammad Nabi, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk)

How to Watch

Sky have the rights to show the T20 World Cup to UK viewers in 2024 and will broadcast every game live. Coverage of the encounter gets underway on Sky Sports Cricket from  12am BST.

In India, the games can be streamed on Disney + Hotstar app and website. They are also available across the Star Sports Network.


As was proven against Uganda, Afghanistan are at their best when playing in the T20 format and will certainly not roll over in Georgetown.

New Zealand are one of the most well-rounded teams at the tournament and should be expected to have few issues in their opener.

But it would be a shock not to see Williamson and Co claim the victory here.

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