Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib believes his side's "natural game" can counter New Zealand's experience in Saturday's World Cup clash at Taunton.
The Black Caps lead the table following victories against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh - and, in all, have won 10 of their last 11 World Cup games.
"They have plenty of experience," admitted Naib, whose side are still looking for their first point in the tournament after defeats to Australia and Sri Lanka.
"It's important we don't look for the names, just play the ball. Trent Boult and also Matt Henry and the other guys, they have much, much experience.
"But we look forward to playing our natural game and the Afghan way. Hopefully we do the best we can."
Afghanistan go into the game without experienced wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad, who was ruled out of the tournament with a knee injury and replaced by Ikram Ali Khil.
"Shahzad is a great player for Afghanistan," added Naib. "We'll miss a lot of things about him. I'm really upset for him."
Afghanistan have only faced New Zealand once before in 50-over cricket, losing by six wickets at the 2015 World Cup.
Black Caps head coach Gary Stead is determined his side repeat the feat this time around and is optimistic there will be no repeat of the edginess that almost cost them victory against Bangladesh.
"I think, if we're honest with ourselves, if you look back at the Bangladesh game, the position we're in, we probably should have been walking off with a six-wicket win or something like that," he said.
"But strange things can happen in cricket. And I'm just thankful we were on the right side of it.
"There's sometimes ones when it gets tight like that that you can panic, but there was enough calmness still shining there at the end.
"And I hope the lessons that we can take from it is we took probably some poor options at times, and that hopefully the experience we'll be better for it next time."
New Zealand's top six all perished to spin at the Oval, a statistic that would not have gone unnoticed by Afghanistan, whose own bowling attack is heavily reliant on a trio of spinners led by Rashid Khan.
Yet Stead is convinced his batsmen will be able to cope with Rashid, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Stead, who revealed experienced seamer Tim Southee will miss out with a calf injury as Henry Nicholls is poised to return from a hamstring problem, added: "We've played spin well in the past.
"I think maybe the pressure of the moment a wee bit the other night made for some poor decisions.
"But we've certainly done the homework on the likes of Rashid and Mujeeb and Nabi, the likes of those guys who are definitely going to be a force for Afghanistan."
Afghanistan squad: Gulbadin Naib (c), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah (wk), Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Ikram Ali Khil.
New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson (capt), Tom Blundell (wk), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.
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