World Cup, AFG vs NZ: Toss, team news, pitch report, weather

New Zealand won the toss and opted to field in its World Cup 2019 match against Afghanistan.

New Zealand remains unchanged after putting in Afghanistan to bat.   -  AFP Photo

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to field against Afghanistan in a World Cup 2019 match at Taunton on Saturday.

Team news: Afghanistan has three changes with Noor Ali Zadran, Aftab Alam and Ikram Ali Khil coming in. No changes for New Zealand.

Pitch report: There is plenty of grass on the surface and likely to help the bowlers.

Weather: The forecast remains clear for a full game.


Gulbadin Naib: Honestly I would have batted first. It looks like a good wicket. We have to play positive cricket. We have three changes.

Kane Williamson: A fresh wicket and looks a good one. It is nice to have a couple of wins in front of us. But we have to adapt to the new ground and new surface. It was tough but it was nice to get across the line.

Playing XIs:

Afghanistan: Hazratullah Zazai, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib (capt), Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Alikhil (wk), Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan

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

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