T20 World Cup 2021: New Zealand-Afghanistan clash to decide India's semifinal chances

By Rajan Nath -- November 07, 2021 12:11 pm -- Updated:Feb 15, 2021

New Zealand and Afghanistan are set to take on each other at T20 World Cup 2021 on Sunday. Both the teams have never played each other outside of World Cups, and never in a T20 International before.

India will be invested in this game and will be hoping for a favorable result. India's billion-strong fan base will have all the support they can wish for Afghanistan.

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Interestingly, if New Zealand wins, it will qualify for the semifinals but if Afghanistan makes it to the win, India will have a chance to make it to the semifinals. New Zealand and Afghanistan are both still in the race for the semi-finals.

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New Zealand has a simple task - win and they're through. If it happens then the result of India vs Namibia won't affect them.

Here's how people are reacting on Koo:

If Afghanistan wins, India will likely make it to the semis, but given how impressive their journey has been, why would one rule out another twist? They have the firepower, with the bat, and more with the ball, particularly if Mujeeb is fit.

Probable XI

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson(c), Devon Conway(w), Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult

Afghanistan: Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Shahzad(w), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi(c), Karim Janat, Gulbadin Naib, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq/Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Hamid Hassan

-PTC News

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