New Zealand had to dig deep for their two wicket win over Bangladesh, however the Black Caps go into their Cricket World Clash with Afghanistan setting the early pace in the race for a semi-final spot with two wins from two. Form Labs bring you their betting preview and tips for the game while we bring you the value with our selection of enhanced odds available in our FanBoosts section.
Afghanistan Up Against It
Afghanistan’s best hope of a victory at this World Cup slipped through their fingers in their last match against Sri Lanka.
Having reduced the Lions to just 201, they were unable to chase down the total and lost by 34 runs. Every team they face now will be stronger and while they have the ability to trouble teams with the ball, what’s evident form the first two games, is they look well short with the bat.
Australia’s quicks blew them away here in Bristol in their opener and they come up against another quality seam attack.
New Zealand Quicks In The Spotlight
The New Zealand bowlers have done the business for them so far as they bowled Sri Lanka out for just 137, while they reduced Bangladesh to 244 on Wednesday.
Matt Henry and Trent Boult have been given the new ball and despite the latter’s more illustrious career, Henry actually has seven wickets to Boult’s three so far.
Afghanistan v New Zealand Betting Tips
A fruitful ploy this World Cup could be to back openers against minnows, as they can often be chasing a small total.
This happened in the Black Caps first match, where Martin Guptill finished 73 not out, so he certainly represents the value at a bigger price then Kane Williamson.
Alternatively, if the Kiwi’s bat first, Guptill has proven in the past to go big, top scoring at the last World Cup with 237* against the West Indies in the quarter final.
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