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Updated on: Sunday, November 07, 2021, 03:12 PM IST

T20 World Cup: Afghanistan opt to bat against New Zealand; Mujeeb Ur Rahman returns

Mujeeb Ur Rahman is fit and returns to the Afghanistan XI as New Zealand will bowl first
Afghanistan a huddle before a match in the T20 World Cup. | Photo: AFP

Afghanistan a huddle before a match in the T20 World Cup. | Photo: AFP

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Mohammad Nabi won the toss and decided that Afghanistan will bat first against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi in their final Super 12 match of the T20 World Cup on Sunday. The game will help in deciding the fate for India in the competition, as a Kiwi win would eliminate the hosts out.

"It was a night game in Abu Dhabi, so we bowled first considering the dew factor," said Nabi about bowling first against India. "It's a day game, so we want to post a decent total on the board. We'll try our best to win."

Kane Williamson, the New Zealand captain, was looking to bat first as well and said, "It's a used surface. I think both sides have match winners and it's a mix of youth and experience."

While a fit and ready to go Mujeeb Ur Rahman returned and replaced Sharafuddin Ashraf, the Black Caps went ahead with the same side.

Playing XIs

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

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

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Published on: Sunday, November 07, 2021, 03:12 PM IST
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