World Cup 2023: NZ vs AFG | New Zealand vs Afghanistan Match Prediction

NZ vs AFG: Cricket’s unpredictable nature often reveals the hidden potential of all teams. Afghanistan’s recent triumph against England highlights their remarkable growth, setting the stage for an exciting match with New Zealand.  In the upcoming 16th match of the tournament, New Zealand will aim to uphold their winning streak, demonstrating their unwavering determination to dominate the competition. On the other hand, Afghanistan, fueled by its recent momentum, strives for survival, aiming to carry forward the energy they exhibited in their last encounter.

Discover the NZ vs AFG match prediction, including the potential winner, pitch analysis, head-to-head records, and betting odds in this article. Check out more World Cup-related articles for further insights.

Match Details of NZ vs AFG

Date 18 October
Venue MA Chidambaram, Chennai
Time 2:00 pm (IST)

8:30 am(GMT)

New Zealand and Afghanistan Team Rosters

Afghanistan: Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Alikhil, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Abdul Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitch Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Will Young.

NZ vs AFG: Match Prediction and Possibilities


Predicted Playing XI

New Zealand Afghanistan
Devon Conway Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Will Young Ibrahim Zadran
Rachin Ravindra Rahmat Shah
Daryl Mitchell Hashmatullah Shahidi (c)
Tom Latham (C) (Wk) Mohammad Nabi
Glenn Philips Ikram Alikhil (wk)
Mark Chapman Azmatullah Omarzai
Mitchell Santner Rashid Khan
Matt Henry Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Lockie Ferguson Naveen-ul-Haq
Trent Boult Fazalhaq Farooqi

Pitch Report

The Chepauk Stadium pitch in Chennai is favorable for bowlers, especially for spinners who tend to excel here. However, the pitches have displayed unpredictability in this World Cup. The average first innings score in Chennai stands at 224.

Toss Prediction

World Cup 2023: NZ vs AFG New Zealand vs Afghanistan Match Prediction
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A target ranging from 270 to 280 runs could secure a winning position. Considering historical patterns, the toss-winning team is inclined to select fielding first, continuing the trend observed in the two preceding matches at the MA Chidambaram Stadium during this World Cup. However, Afghanistan, in contrast, may opt to bat first, aiming to establish a challenging target that could pose difficulties for the opposing team during the second innings.

Betting odds of NZ vs AFG

Team To win toss To win the Match
NZ 1.90 1.25
AFG 1.90 4.40

Head to Head ODI Records

Matches 2
New Zealand won 2
Afghanistan won 0

Match Prediction of NZ vs AFG: Who will win the match?

World Cup 2023: NZ vs AFG New Zealand vs Afghanistan Match Prediction
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Although the Black Caps are a stronger team in World Cup 2023, Afghanistan’s recent win against England has boosted their confidence, making them formidable opponents. Despite this, the Kiwis are expected to hold the advantage and secure a win. We predict New Zealand will emerge victorious in this match. However, players like Rashid and Mujeeb can be the key surprises for Afghanistan on the Chennai pitch. To delve into the key players, explore our new article on the 6 key players in the NZ vs AFG match.

Best Combined XI of NZ vs AFG

  • Wicket-Keeper: Devon Conway, Rahmanullah Gurbaz
  • Batters: Daryl Mitchell, Ibrahim Zadran, Will Young
  • All-Rounder: Rachin Ravindra, Mohammad Nabi
  • Bowlers: Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rashid Khan, Trent Boult, Santner.


In the upcoming NZ vs AFG match, the absence of Williamson due to injury adds uncertainty to NZ’s performance. Additionally, Afghanistan’s recent victory against England showcases its potential. It will be an exciting match to watch, with both teams having a chance to claim victory.

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