Afghanistan v New Zealand: World Cup Cricket Betting Tips

By Matt Harris on June 6, 2019

On Saturday, Afghanistan face a tough examination at the hands of a New Zealand side. But which way are our World Cup tips for Afghanistan v New Zealand leaning?

Afghanistan have only ever won one match at the World Cup, and they may have just blown their best chance of doubling that tally. A weak Sri Lanka batting unit collapsed at the hands of the Afghan bowlers on Tuesday. However, the batsmen couldn’t respond to chase down a revised Duckworth Lewis total.

Meanwhile, New Zealand have won both of their opening matches. Furthermore, Kane Williamson’s men will be confident of making it three in a row. Still, Afghanistan may have been given some hope after the Kiwis just scraped past Bangladesh on Wednesday night.

What are the World Cup tips for Afghanistan v New Zealand?

The sportsbooks carry no surprises and if you’re looking to take a Satta on New Zealand, the Kiwis are quoted at 1.16. Meanwhile, the World Cup cricket odds on Afghanistan to cause an upset are set at 5.50. Nevertheless, it’s unlikely there will be too many takers at that figure.

The big positive to come from the defeat to Sri Lanka came with Afghanistan’s bowling unit as a whole. We’re used to their spin attack, led by Rashid Khan, earning praise. However, the seamers also enjoyed some success on a helpful surface. New Zealand need to guard against complacency, but that seems to be the only thing standing in the way of two more points.

Match Odds Summary: Afghanistan 5.50, New Zealand 1.16 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick).

What are the top batsman World Cup tips for Afghanistan v New Zealand?

– Afghanistan Batsman Picks

One of the issues for Afghanistan lies with the fact that their key batsman has yet to fire. Mohammad Shahzad has made just seven runs from two innings so far. He simply has to improve. Wicket-keeper Shahzad is now one of two joint favourites to top score against New Zealand at 4.50. Rahmat Shah can also be picked up at the same price with the same bookmaker. Meanwhile, Hazratullah Zazai is available at 4.75.

The unlikely figure of Najibullah Zadran top scored in the run chase against Sri Lanka and he can be claimed at 11.00. Other Afghan picks include Hashmatullah Shahidi at 7.00, Mohammad Nabi at 8.00, and Rashid Khan at 26.00.

– New Zealand Batsman Picks

For New Zealand, we took a nice profit at 4.50 on Ross Taylor as he top scored with 82 against Sri Lanka. For Saturday’s game with Afghanistan, Taylor remains at that figure of 4.50. This is in a market where Kane Williamson starts as favourite at 3.75. Martin Guptill comes between the two at 4.33, with Colin Munro out at 6.00. Once again, those figures are with Bet365.

The Kiwis have great depth to their batting. Therefore, cricket bettors can also consider Tom Latham at 9.00, Jimmy Neesham at 11.00, and even Colin De Granhomme at 23.00 .

The Afghanistan version of this top batsman market looks far too volatile with tail enders just as likely to deliver as the top order. We therefore suggest you stay with New Zealand for your World Cup 2019 Satta and opt for Martin Guptill.

He was the leading run scorer at the 2015 World Cup and started this year’s tournament in positive fashion against Sri Lanka. He can thrive against this kind of attack and odds of 4.33 are reasonable value.

Top Batsman Odds Summary: Afghanistan: Shahzad 4.50, Shah 4.50, Zazai 4.75, Shahidi 7.00, Nabi 8.00, Najibullah Zadran 11.00, Rashid Khan 26.00.

New Zealand: Williamson 3.75, Guptill 4.33 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Taylor 4.50, Munro 6.00, Latham 9.00, Neesham 11.00, De Grandhomme 23.00.

What are the top bowler team World Cup tips for Afghanistan v New Zealand?

We’ve had some success by looking away from the obvious side markets and we think there is some value here. New Zealand are favourites to provide the best bowler in the match at 1.44. Nonetheless, Afghanistan are a much better prospect at 2.62.

The Kiwis’ pace unit is likely to run through their opponents. However, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult may well share the wickets. For Afghanistan, we may need Rashid Khan to hit top form for this to convert, but it looks a strong prospect.

Team with Top Bowler in Match Odds Summary: Afghanistan 2.62 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), New Zealand 1.44.