Abu Dhabi. After the crushing defeat at the hands of India, experienced Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan said that the next match of the T20 World Cup against New Zealand (Afghanistan vs New Zealand) will be like a quarter-final for his team. Afghanistan is in second place in Super-12 round (T20 World Cup 2021) after playing four matches and has a net run rate plus 1.481. Pakistan’s team has reached the semi-finals from Group 2. Team India defeated Afghanistan by 66 runs. The match between Afghanistan and New Zealand is to be played on 7 November.
Asked whether the loss to India will affect his team’s momentum, Rashid Khan replied in the negative. He said, ‘I don’t think it will make much difference. We know that India is one of the best teams. We will prepare in the same way and go with the same mindset. The match against New Zealand could be a quarter-final for us. If we win, we can reach the semi-finals because of a good run rate.
Team India will also become a possibility
Legendary leg-spinner Rashid Khan said, ‘We can perform well only if we enjoy the game. We will enjoy our game to the fullest.’ The match between Afghanistan and New Zealand is also important for the Indian team. If Afghanistan wins, India’s chances of reaching the semi-finals will increase, provided the Indian team wins the remaining two matches. Team India is looking in trouble right now after losing both the initial matches.
runet was on our mind
When asked what was the net run rate in mind in the match against India. Rashid Khan said, ‘Definitely. It was on our mind after we lost a few wickets and that is why we aimed to score maximum runs. Our focus was on the run rate, which can prove to be the deciding factor. Afghanistan has won 2 out of 4 matches played. The team has won over Namibia and Scotland.