Closer to the end of the Super 12 group stage, we have matches between the teams with different motivations. Thus, Namibia has lost its chances to grab a semifinal spot and looks only for the second victory.
Instead, New Zealand has to be rather attentive and try to increase its run rate in this game to avoid problems if the group ends with a few teams having a similar number of points. Yesterday’s astonishing victory of India over Afghanistan forces us to think that the second group can face an exciting situation with three teams having 6 points and pretending for one playoff spot.
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It’s possible in quite a probable scenario, where India gets its third victory while strong Afghanistan defeats New Zealand in the closing match of the group. In this case, the issue of the net run rate will make the difference and give the second ticket to the semifinals along with the Pakistani team and its dominant performance.
That is why New Zealand has to win this game as the favourite with higher motivation and show all the mastery. It’s hard to predict what will be the toss outcome and decision, but total over seems to be a good choice as the Kiwis will need to improve their net run-rate. Want to read more cricket predictions and don’t miss the attractive odds? Subscribe to cricket14.in and receive the latest updates to your email.