Glenn Phillips of New Zealand could start against Ireland. On Friday, Ireland will face New Zealand in a T20 World Cup match, while Australia will face Afghanistan.
What to look out for
- Sky Sports Cricket & Main Event, Ireland vs. New Zealand, 4 a.m. Friday
- Sky Sports Cricket & Main Event, Australia vs. Afghanistan, 8 a.m. Friday
Glenn Phillips is New Zealand’s leading run-scorer against Ireland, according to Sky Sports Cricket & Main Event, which airs at 4 a.m. on Friday.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman is Afghanistan’s leading wicket-taker against Australia.
Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event, 8 a.m. Friday, 1 point 100-30 Coral, Ladbrokes
Afghanistan’s T20 World Cup campaign has been a shambles, with defeats to England and Sri Lanka sandwiched between washouts against New Zealand and Ireland.
However, as they face Australia in Adelaide, the Afghans could still have a big say in who advances to the semi-finals from Group 1.
The defending T20 world champions will be hoping for an upset against New Zealand in Friday’s first game, but a comprehensive victory over Afghanistan is required to put pressure on top-two rivals England.
Captain Aaron Finch and big hitter Tim David are both doubtful due to hamstring strains, and Australia will be wary of Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan, who has become an adopted hero at the Adelaide Oval thanks to his Big Bash League exploits for the Strikers.
Rashid, on the other hand, could be overshadowed by fellow spin wizard Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who took 1-22 against England and 2-24 against the Lankans and could extend Australia opener David Warner’s poor run in this tournament.
Glenn Phillips of New Zealand has been in fine form, scoring 104 in a total of 167-7 against Sri Lanka and top-scoring with 62 off 36 balls in Tuesday’s defeat to England.
Phillips, the Black Caps’ leading run-scorer in August’s 3-0 T20 series win in Ireland, whose new-ball bowlers have dismissed Warner and England openers Jos Buttler and Alex Hales cheaply in their last two matches.
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