Preview and analysis of ICC Men’s ODI Cricket World Cup Match-16 between NZ vs AFG, featuring Dream11 prediction, fantasy tips, expected playing 11, pitch report, team information, and Dream11 team suggestions

NZ vs AFG ICC Men’s ODI Cricket World Cup Match Prediction 

Match:  New Zealand vs Afghanistan (NZ vs AFG) 
Time:   18 Oct, 02:00 PM (IST)  

Series:: ICC Men’s ODI Cricket World Cup Match 
Venue:  MA Chidambaram Stadium – Chennai, India 

NZ vs AFG Dream11 Team Prediction

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  • Devon Conway stands out as one of the most consistent opening batters in international cricket, boasting an impressive ODI average of 52.52 across 24 innings. He has been in exceptional form recently, notching up four centuries in his last 12 ODIs and consistently providing New Zealand with strong starts. Our recommendation is to support Conway as New Zealand’s top run-scorer in the upcoming match against Afghanistan.
  • On the bowling front, Trent Boult had an outstanding beginning to the previous game by dismissing Litton Das with the very first ball, setting the tone for the match. He also secured another wicket in that game, making him our top choice for New Zealand’s leading wicket-taker in the upcoming Wednesday fixture.
  • Rahmanullah Gurbaz, who scored an impressive 80 runs against England in the last match, is expected to enter the game with sky-high confidence. He was only run out in his previous outing in Delhi and maintains an ODI average of just under 40. Gurbaz is a strong contender to be Afghanistan’s highest run-scorer against New Zealand.
  • As for Afghanistan’s bowling prowess, Rashid Khan recently celebrated his 175th, 176th, and 177th ODI wickets, and he has dismissed five batsmen over the last two matches. Given his spin expertise and the conditions in Chennai, Rashid Khan is our preferred choice for Afghanistan’s top wicket-taker in this upcoming fixture.
  • Notably, Trent Boult’s ability to claim wickets at various stages of an ODI innings is a rare skill. Anticipating his performance, we expect him to secure more than 1.5 wickets in this game.

Live Streaming of NZ vs AFG: 

TV Channels: This game will be broadcast on Sky Cricket, Sky Sports PAK, Willow TV and Star Sports.

Live Streaming: You can live-stream the match on Disney+ Hotstar and Sky Go.

Weather & Pitch Report


There will be a combination of cloud and sunny spells during the afternoon in Chennai before clear skies later in the evening. The temperature will fall no lower than 27 degrees. 

Pitch Report:

This will be the third match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium so far in this 2023 Cricket World Cup and we have seen a pitch where generally the bowlers have been on top. A par score will be around 300 but batting will not be easy.

Toss Prediction: 

The last two ODIs at this venue have seen the team batting second win the match and we predict that both teams will want to field first in this clash.

NZ vs AFG Team NEWS: 

NZ Team News: 

Having recently returned to international cricket after a lengthy hiatus due to a knee injury, New Zealand’s captain, Kane Williamson, faced another setback as he fractured his thumb during New Zealand’s victory over Bangladesh last Friday. While there’s hope for his return later in the group stage, it’s confirmed that he will be absent for this particular match in the 2023 World Cup.

AFG Team News: 

Despite the change in location to a different city, it would come as quite a shock if Afghanistan were to make any alterations to their lineup for this match, following their remarkable victory in the previous game. Especially considering the favorable conditions for spinners at the Chepauk ground, we anticipate witnessing the identical eleven players taking the field on Wednesday.

Predicted Playing11: 


1.Devon Conway(WK)

2. Rachin Ravindra

3. Daryl-Mitchell

4. Tom Latham(WK)

5. Glenn Phillips

6. Tom Blundell(WK)

7. Mark Chapman

8. Mitchell Santner

9. Lockie Ferguson

10. Matt Henry

11. Trent Boult


1.Rahmanullah Gurbaz(WK)

2. Ibrahim Zadran

3. Rahmat Shah

4. Hashmatullah Shahidi(C)

5. Azmatullah Omarzai

6. Ikram Alikhil(WK)

7. Mohammad Nabi

8. Rashid-Khan

9. Naveen-ul-Haq

10. Mujeeb-ur-Rahman

11. Fazal Haq

NZ vs AFG Team Combo: 

NZ Team Info – 

  • Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra will probably open the inning.
  • Devon Conway is having topmost fantasy points in this series.
  • Daryl-Mitchell will bat at the one-down position. He is the backbone of the batting team.
  • Daryl-Mitchell was the highest fantasy points gainer in the previous match.
  • Tom Latham and Glenn Phillips will handle the middle-order batting.
  • Tom Blundell will do the Wicket Keeping for New Zealand.
  • Mitchell Santner and Rachin Ravindra will take care of the spin bowling of his team.
  • Matt Henry and Trent Boult will lead the pace attack of his team.

AFG Team Info – 

  • Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran will probably open the inning.
  • Rahmat Shah will bat at the one-down position. He is the backbone of the batting team.
  • Hashmatullah Shahidi and Azmatullah Omarzai will handle the middle-order batting.
  • Hashmatullah Shahidi will lead the Afghanistan as a Captain. He is also a good Batsman
  • Ikram Alikhil will do the Wicket Keeping for Afghanistan.
  • Rashid-Khan and Mujeeb-ur-Rahman will take care of the spin bowling of his team.
  • Rashid-Khan is having topmost fantasy points in this series.
  • Mujeeb-ur-Rahman was the highest fantasy points gainer in the previous match.
  • Naveen-ul-Haq and Fazal Haq will lead the pace attack of his team.

Winning Chances: 

Prior to Afghanistan’s surprising victory over England on Sunday, most pundits would have anticipated an uncomplicated match in favor of New Zealand. However, given the conditions in Chennai, which are likely to favor certain elements of Afghanistan’s bowling attack, we might be in for another compelling contest. When comparing player to player, even in the absence of Tim Southee and Trent Boult, New Zealand possesses significantly more top-level experience and is currently in superior form compared to Afghanistan.

In summary, we anticipate Afghanistan’s young team to pose challenges for the Black Caps, but our prediction still leans towards New Zealand securing another victory, extending their winning streak to four consecutive triumphs in the tournament.

NZ vs AFG Key Players: 

New Zealand 

Devon Conway 

The left-handed keeper-batter has already hit two centuries in the tournament, racking up 209 runs from his opening two matches. His ODI century tally now stands at 19.

Darly Mitchell 

The 29 year old right-handed is another South African batter in brilliant form. He comes into this game with scores of 106 against Sri Lanka and 56 against Australia.

Trent Boult 

The cheerful opening bowler remains a formidable adversary for batsmen at this level, consistently posing challenges. He showcased his skills by removing Litton Das and Towhid Hridoy during the triumph in Match 11.

Mitchell Santner 

The all-rounder, known for his left-arm spin, delivered one of the two maiden overs in the recent victory against Bangladesh. He has already notched up 8 wickets in the ongoing campaign.


Rahmanullah Gurbaz 

Released from the role of wicket-keeping, the 21-year-old opener unleashed a formidable assault on England’s seasoned bowling squad in Delhi, amassing an impressive 57-ball innings that featured an impressive tally of 12 boundaries.

Ibrahim Zadran 

Despite his recent form slump in this format, the 21-year-old right-handed batting all-rounder played a crucial role in the victory over England by contributing to an opening partnership of 114 runs.

Rashid Khan 

The most renowned figure in Afghan cricket showcased his finest performance in Sunday’s victory, and it felt fitting that he clinched the final wicket to seal the win.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman 

It’s a rare occurrence for any bowler, especially a spinner, to overshadow Rashid Khan in the Afghan lineup, but this unfolded in the game against England when the 22-year-old claimed the Player of the Match Award.

NZ vs AFG Team Forms: 

NZ Team Form: 

New Zealand has secured victory in their last five ODIs, and a win over Afghanistan on Wednesday would extend their winning streak to six consecutive victories in this format.

AFG Team Form: 

Following their impressive 69-run victory against England on Sunday, Afghanistan now holds the belief that they can compete with any team, especially on a spin-friendly pitch.

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New Zealand (NZ) Squad: 

Devon Conway(WK), Rachin Ravindra, Daryl-Mitchell, Tom Latham(WK), Glenn Phillips, Tom Blundell(WK), Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Will Young, Kane Williamson(C), Jimmy Neesham, Ish Sodhi.

Afghanistan (AFG) Squad: 

Rahmanullah Gurbaz(WK), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi(C), Azmatullah Omarzai, Ikram Alikhil(WK), Mohammad Nabi, Rashid-Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Fazal Haq, Najibullah-Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Gulbadin Naib, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Fareed Malik, Noor Ahmad, Abdul Rahman.

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