MUMBAI: The ICC Cricket World Cup match between New Zealand and Afghanistan will be played at the MA Chidambaram Cricket Stadium Chennai Tamil Nadu in India. The match will start at 2 p.m. IST on 18 Oct.
New Zealand have been in top form win in their first three matches. There are a good number of players who will fit into a fantasy team but it would be wise to go in with the top performers till now. Afghanistan will be riding a confidence wave after their superb win against the defending champions England. Taking five players for the fantasy team will be a good strategy
TFG Fantasy Picks for NZ vs AFG
Rachin Ravindra has a very prominent attacking approach in the batting power play. His fearless play and technical excellence in both spin and pace makes him an apt choice for your fantasy team. His frugal leg spin overs with the ball, exceptional fielding skills in the outfield and high energy performances are reason enough for being a valuable pick for your fantasy team.
Devon Conway a technically correct batsman and capacity to play some big shots to put the opposition right back under pressure, makes him an absolute match winner with the bat.
Tom Latham possesses a copy book technique with a panache to play spin and pace equally well. You need a player in your fantasy team who plays all around the ground, and Tom does that supremely well. His brilliance both off the front foot as well as well as the back foot adds to his skill set for being a part of your fantasy team.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz plays some big shots against spin bowling and is a great player of fast bowling. A valuable attribute for a fantasy team, he is an attacking batsman by nature and scores quick runs in the first 10 overs. In a tournament like the World Cup where the pulse rate is often high, he has the ability to put the opposition under extreme pressure and welcome some blunders to benefit from. Also a great wicket keeper behind the stumps, you should have him in your fantasy team.
Rahmat Shah is an impressive and an attractive player to watch. He plays some lovely shots against fast bowling and has the ability to clear the ground against spin bowling. He has to his credit some incredible performances and a knack to put his team in an assertive position against his opponents. Having this right-handed batsman and an occasional leg break bowler in your fantasy team will do good to the team.
Hashmatullah Shadi is good with his technique and can handle both spin and pace brilliantly well. Bowling a few overs with the ball he is a utility cricketer, who can come handy in your fantasy team. The young left-handed batsman, who broke into the senior Afghanistan squad in the 2010 Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand, is an apt choice for your fantasy team
Probable New Zealand XI
Devon Conway, Rachin Ravindra, Tom Latham, Mark Chapman, Daryl Mitchel, Mitch Santner, Glenn Phillips, Lockie Ferguson, Jimmy Neesham, Matt Henry, Trent Boult.
Probable Afghanistan XI
Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Noor Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Naveen ul Haq.
TFG Fantasy XI