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Playing XI Prediction: Afghanistan to Replace Shahzad with Ikram Ali Khil; New Zealand Unchanged

Cricketnext Staff |June 8, 2019, 11:41 AM IST
Playing XI Prediction: Afghanistan to Replace Shahzad with Ikram Ali Khil; New Zealand Unchanged

Afghanistan suffered a big injury blow when dashing opener Mohammad Shahzad was ruled out of the entire ICC World Cup due to a knee injury. Shahzad has been replaced by young wicketkeeper batsman Ikram Ali Khil.

Shahzad scored a duck against Australia in the seven-wicket loss and seven in the 34-run loss (D/L method) to Sri Lanka in the second game. Ali Khil has played in just a couple of ODIs, making his debut against Ireland in March this year.

Afghanistan Predicted XI: Gulbadin Naib (C), Ikram Ali Khil (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Hamid Hassan and Mujeeb ur Rahman.

New Zealand are unlikely to tinker with their playing XI too much after winning both their opening games — first one by 10 wickets (over Sri Lanka) and second by two wickets (against Bangladesh). The Kiwis don’t have any injury concerns.

New Zealand Predicted XI: Kane Williamson (capt), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner and Ross Taylor.

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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
BAN
5 2 2 1 5 -0.27
6
SL
5 1 2 2 4 -1.77
7
WI
5 1 3 1 3 +0.27
8
SA
5 1 3 1 3 -0.20
9
PAK
5 1 3 1 3 -1.93
10
AFG
4 0 4 0 0 -1.63

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