11. Trent Boult
Boult will be a threat once more, and he has eight scalps with an economy of 6.25.
10. Tim Southee
Southee wasn’t a first-choice going into this tournament but his experience has proven the exact thing which the Kiwi attack needed on these pitches.
9. Ish Sodhi
There is a bit of injury cloud over Ish Sodhi, but it doesn’t seem it could hamper his chances of playing. NZ have Todd Astle waiting as a ‘like for like’ replacement. But, Sodhi’s form could be crucial as he has picked up seven wickets in four matches.
8. Mitchell Santner
Mitchell Santner’s role has been quite controlled as well. He has bowled some really good overs in this tournament. The left-arm spinner has not always got success in terms of wickets, but his role has been to keep things tight. His economy in this tournament has been 5.68.
Adam Milne has played three matches so far. It will be harsh but the truth is that he is possibly the weaker link in the pace-bowling attack of New Zealand. He has picked up only one wicket and hasn’t been as impressive as Boult and Southee.
6. Glenn Phillips
Glenn Phillips batted well in the previous match. In fact, his knock of 39 runs from 21 balls was the exact boost which his team needed to get a good score. A similar role would be expected out of him in this game as well.
5. Devon Conway
Here is Devon Conway, who without a doubt has faced a little issue adjusting to the pitches in the UAE. Conway, who has also taken wicket keeping duties for this tournament, would be quite important in this match, because he can play spin well in the middle overs.
4. Jimmy Neesham
Neesham was meticulously used in the first few matches. In fact, he didn’t play much of a part in those games. However, his experience and expertise were put to use properly in the last match.
3. Kane Williamson
The skipper Kane Williamson has got some important runs in this tournament so far, but he could be a little worried with his strike rate. He hasn’t got off the blocks, despite compiling 86 runs in total in the four knocks.
2. Daryl Mitchell
Daryl Mitchell has scored more than 100 runs in this tournament and his best knock came against India in Dubai, where he scored 49 runs. In the other games, he got starts but failed to continue and get a big score.
1. Martin Guptill
Despite having a good score of 93 runs against Scotland, Guptill has been otherwise underwhelming and has not managed to improve his record in Asia. Against Afghanistan, he might face some challenges but a big knock would be just what he needs.