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Taunton Pitch Report: New Zealand, Afghanistan Battle on Unknown Track

Cricketnext Staff |June 8, 2019, 11:16 AM IST
Taunton Pitch Report: New Zealand, Afghanistan Battle on Unknown Track

The second game on Saturday (June 8) will see Afghanistan take on New Zealand in Match 13 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at the The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton.

It will be the first game at the venue which means predicting the nature of the wicket could be anyone’s guess but what is known is that the forecast for the day. Clouds are expected to be hovering around for the day which isn’t quite good news for Afghanistan who have lost two games in the tournament and coming up against a side which boats of an attack which can exploit these conditions to the fullest.

Afghanistan will hope to bowl first and nip out the Kiwi top order to give themselves a chance if the weather gods do intervene and make it a juicy wicket to play on.

New Zealand will look at this game to fine tune their performance as Bangladesh nearly tipped them over in a nervy finish in the previous game. The likes of Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson would have pleased the team management but they will be hoping to put a perfect show before facing the higher ranked sides.

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Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
5 4 1 0 8 +0.81
2
NZ
4 3 0 1 7 +2.16
3
IND
4 3 0 1 7 +1.02
4
ENG
4 3 1 0 6 +1.55
5
SL
5 1 2 2 4 -1.77
6
WI
4 1 2 1 3 +0.66
7
SA
5 1 3 1 3 -0.20
8
BAN
4 1 2 1 3 -0.71
9
PAK
5 1 3 1 3 -1.93
10
AFG
4 0 4 0 0 -1.63

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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