ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019

Afghanistan vs New Zealand - Match 13

Venue: The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton

Date & Time: 08 June 2019

New Zealand 173/3

RR: 5.37 | New Zealand beat Afghanistan by 7 wickets

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Martin Guptill c Najibullah Zadran & b Aftab Alam c Najibullah Zadran & b Aftab Alam 0100
Colin Munro c Hamid Hassan & b Aftab Alam c Hamid Hassan & b Aftab Alam 222440
Kane Williamson not out not out 799990
Ross Taylor bowled Aftab Alam bowled Aftab Alam 485261
Tom Latham not out not out 131810
Jimmy Neesham
Colin de Grandhomme
Mitchell Santner
Matt Henry
Lockie Ferguson
Trent Boult
Extras 11 (b 0, lb 4, w 6, nb 1)
Total 173 (3 Wkts, 32.1 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
0-1 (Martin Guptill,0.1), 41-2 (Colin Munro,7.5), 130-3 (Ross Taylor,25.4),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Aftab Alam8.1 0 45 3 5.56
Hamid Hassan7 0 30 0 4.29
Gulbadin Naib9 1 55 0 6.11
Mohammad Nabi3 0 18 0 6.00
Rahmat Shah5 0 21 0 4.20

Right then! New Zealand have 3 wins in as many games and they sit comfortably at the top of the table. But this was pretty much expected given their fixtures, with 3 relatively easy games set up first. The tough assignments arrive now, with India lined up on Thursday, June 13. Sunday sees a mouth-watering clash between Australia and India at the Kennington Oval at 10.30 am local (0930 GMT). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Victorious New Zealand captain, Kane Williamson, lauds the win as an outstanding effort. Reckons Afghanistan got off to a terrific start but praises his seamers for sticking to the plan and landing the ball in the right areas. On the brief given to Lockie Ferguson, Williamson says that Lockie likes to bowl really fast and they don't quite tell him to do anything else. Praises the way he hit the deck hard and overall reckons that it was a very good first half while with the bat, Kane says that it was better than the last game. On New Zealand's current position, Williamson is happy to have 3 wins on the board and states that the team is looking to have a couple of days off, have some rest and then come back refreshed for their next contest against India.

Afghanistan skipper, Gulbadin Naib, smiles on being asked about the decline from 66/0. Admits that the batsmen did not take enough responsibility and they threw their wickets away. Praises New Zealand for bowling with sustained pressure. Feels that they are missing out in the middle overs as to post a good total, they need to play out the entire 50 overs and of those, the middle period is the most important. Agrees that the team missed Rashid Khan very much but states that the team gave its best and tried very hard. Feels that the team has a lot of work to do but the side is improving day by day.

JIMMY NEESHAM HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Neesham says that he is very happy with his bowling performance. Adds that Afghanistan put them under pressure but the Kiwis bounced back well. Informs that the conditions were slower and lower and as a tall bowler, these conditions suited him perfectly. Stresses that he was just looking to hit the deck and not trying to swing the ball as it is not his forte.

Earlier in the day, Afghanistan lost their way after a good start and folded for 172. Jimmy Neesham was the wrecker-in-chief with his maiden ODI 5-fer. Lockie Ferguson took a 4-fer. Hashmatullah Shahidi was the lone warrior for the Afghans with a stubborn 59. Please stay tuned for the presentation...

New Zealand would have wanted some batting practice for all their batsmen and their two main batters, Williamson and Taylor got a good hit. They took their time, but then, ensured that the team crosses the line.

The pitch was slightly tricky to bat on, with the track not as flat as predicted. There was something in it for the bowlers with the seamers getting some bounce and the spinners extracting some turn. Rahmat Shah was brilliant, making up nicely for the absence of Rashid Khan. He was missed a lot and would have been a great foil to Aftab Alam who took all the 3 wickets to fall.

Comprehensive win for the Kiwis. The result was never in doubt once the Afghans folded for 172 but losing Guptill and Munro inside Powerplay 1 would have given them some nervous moments in the dressing room. However, the 89-run stand between Taylor and Williamson for the third wicket allayed all fears. Job well done.

32.1
1
A Alam to K Williamson, A single to finish the game! Williamson gets one on his body, he works it fine on the leg side and gets to the other end. The customary handshakes take place as NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 7 WICKETS!
31.6
0
H Hassan to Tom Latham, So we will have one more over. Good bowling. Follows the short one up with a full one outside off. Latham looks to drive but misses.
31.5
0
H Hassan to Tom Latham, Good short one, Latham ducks under it. One more ball to finish it in this over.
31.4
1
H Hassan to K Williamson, A single to LEVEL THE SCORES! Back of a length and on off, this is guided down to third man for one.
31.3
1
H Hassan to Tom Latham, Another single as Latham guides tihs down to third man.
31.2
0
H Hassan to K Williamson, Doing it in singles! On the pads, Williamson tucks it around the corner and gets to the other end. Leg bye signalled.
31.1
1
H Hassan to Tom Latham, On the pads, it is flicked to fine leg for one. A boundary away now.
30.6
1
A Alam to Tom Latham, Just a single now! Short and on middle, Latham pulls it through square leg for one.
30.5
1
A Alam to K Williamson, A biggie away now are New Zealand. Length and outside off, this is guided down to third man for one.
30.4
1
A Alam to Tom Latham, On the pads again, this is worked to fine leg for one.
30.3
1
A Alam to K Williamson, Angled into the batsman, Williamson looks to work it on the leg side. The ball goes off the leading edge towards point. They think of a run but then seeing the fielder misfield, they readily go for it and complete it.
30.2
1
A Alam to Tom Latham, Shorter in length, Latham goes back and pulls it through square leg for one.
30.1
1
A Alam to K Williamson, Sprays it on the pads, Williamson works it to fine leg and takes one.
29.6
0
H Hassan to Tom Latham, BEATEN! Latham pushes at a ball outside off, it whizzes past the outside edge.
29.5
1
H Hassan to K Williamson, Back of a length and on off, Williamson guides it down to third man and gets to the other end.
29.4
0
H Hassan to K Williamson, On the shorter side on off, Williamson stands tall and defends it.
29.3
0
H Hassan to Tom Latham, Drifts on the pads again, Latham looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. The ball rolls on the leg side. The batters take a leg bye.
29.2
1
H Hassan to K Williamson, On the pads again and this is flicked towards square leg for one.
29.1
4
H Hassan to K Williamson, FOUR! Raining boundaries now! Full and on the pads, easy pickings for Kane. He flicks it through mid-wicket and the ball races away to the fence.

Hamid Hassan is back on!

28.6
1
G Naib to K Williamson, Now keeps strike by guiding it down to third man for one. 18 more needed.
28.5
4
G Naib to K Williamson, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! Through covers once again, this time off the front foot. Full and outside off, Williamson caresses it through the off side and bags a boundary.
28.4
4
G Naib to K Williamson, FOUR! Slapped! Short and wide outside off, Williamson goes back and hits it hard through covers for a boundary. 150 up.
28.3
1
G Naib to Tom Latham, Once again it is worked with the angle, this time through mid-wicket for one. They are happy to do it in singles.
28.2
1
G Naib to K Williamson, On the shorter side and on middle, Williamson pulls it through square leg for one.
28.1
1
G Naib to Tom Latham, Works it with the angle through square leg for one.
27.6
0
A Alam to K Williamson, Short and on middle, Williamson first looks to duck but then at the end, eh, wants to upper cut. Misses!
27.5
1
A Alam to Tom Latham, Full and on off, Latham strokes it through covers for one.
27.4
0
A Alam to Tom Latham, A huge appeal but not given! The bowler can't believe it but he can't do anything about it as Afghanistan do not have a review left. Good length around the leg stump. Latham looks to defend but misses to get hit on the pads. A huge shout but the umpire shakes his head. Seems to have pitched outside leg and also there was a doubt whether it was pad first or bat. Difficult to judge by the replays. Hawk Eye though shows that there were three reds.
27.3
0
A Alam to Tom Latham, On the stumps, kept out.
27.2
1
A Alam to K Williamson, This is angled into the batter, Williamson works it through mid-wicket for one.
27.1
0
A Alam to K Williamson, The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket.
26.6
1
G Naib to K Williamson, Outside off, KW guides it down to third man for one.
26.5
2
G Naib to K Williamson, On the pads, this is flicked wide of long on for a couple.
26.4
1
G Naib to Tom Latham, This is angled into the batter, Latham works it nicely through square leg and takes one.
26.3
0
G Naib to Tom Latham, Good length on off, Latham blocks it out.
26.2
1
G Naib to K Williamson, Uses his wrists now and works it through mid on for a run.
26.1
2
G Naib to K Williamson, Good shot! Leans into the stroke and just pushes it through covers for a brace.

Gulbadin Naib is back!

25.6
4
A Alam to Tom Latham, FOUR! A freebie to get off the mark! A full toss, Latham shows the full face of the bat and strokes it down the ground. Kane Williamson ducks out of harm's way. So 10 runs and a wicket from the over, an action-packed one. 39 more needed.
25.5
0
A Alam to Tom Latham, Outside off, it has been left alone.

Tom Latham walks out to bat.