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No room for error as New Zealand face Afghanistan


Photo: ESPNcricinfo Photo: ESPNcricinfo

 

Afghanistan have won the toss and opted to bat first.

Kane Williamson: We were going to have a bat as well, it's a used surface. I think both sides have match winners and it's a mix of youth and experience. We are playing with the same team, no changes.

Mohammad Nabi: We will bat first. It was a night game in Abu Dhabi, so we bowled first considering the dew factor. It's a day game, so we want to post a decent total on the board. Mujeeb is back, he is in the team, Sharafuddin is out. We will try our best and try to win.

Teams:

New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson(c), Devon Conway(w), Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult

Afghanistan (Playing XI): HazratullahZazai, Mohammad Shahzad(w), RahmanullahGurbaz, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi(c), Karim Janat, Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Pitch report: The wicket is going to be slow, it's the same pitch that was used yesterday for Australia vs West Indies. It has a few cracks, so batting might be challenging. The third match to be played on this track

 

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