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

commentary

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.

25.4
0
A Alam to R Taylor, OUT! TIMBER! Alam has his revenge! Not the best of balls to get a batsman though. Taylor has been cleaned up off a full toss. It is on off, Taylor plays outside the line, the ball sneaks between the gap of bat and pad and hits the off pole. So just as Taylor looked to break free, he has been dismissed. A good partnership though for New Zealand, it has more-or-less sealed the deal for them.
25.3
4
A Alam to R Taylor, FOUR! Another misfield! Just sums up their performance in the field today. Short and on the body, Taylor pulls it towards fine leg. The fielder there moves to his right and then lets it through his legs.
25.2
1
A Alam to K Williamson, Williamson now works it through square leg and takes one.
25.1
1
A Alam to R Taylor, Shorter and on middle, Taylor works it through mid-wicket and takes one.

Aftab Alam returns. 5-0-26-2 so far.

24.6
2
M Nabi to K Williamson, A couple for Williamson to get to his half ton. His 38th in ODIs. It has not been a trademark innings from him. Has struggled to find the gaps and has gone about things quite slowly. His fifty comes up in 77 balls. He cuts this through point and takes a brace. He would love to stay there till the end. Runs needed one below 50 now.
24.5
1
M Nabi to R Taylor, Very full, Taylor strokes it down to long on and gets to the other end.
24.4
1
M Nabi to K Williamson, A quicker full toss, Williamson works it through mid-wicket for one.
24.3
0
M Nabi to K Williamson, On the stumps, defended.
24.2
1
M Nabi to R Taylor, Well bowled! Fires this one just outside off, Taylor looks to guide it down to third man but there is not a lot of width on offer. He ends up chopping it past the off pole and down towards fine leg for one. The bowler was appealing but not sure for what.

The ball is lost. So we have a box of replacement balls coming out.

24.1
6
M Nabi to R Taylor, SIX! That has gone all the way! First biggie of the innings! Taylor may have decided to attack the offie. He shuffles across and goes with the turn. Connects well and it goes over the mid-wicket fence. NEW BALLS PLEASE! That has gone out of the stadium.

Mohammad Nabi is back!

23.6
4
R Shah to K Williamson, FOUR! A drag down and Williamson puts it away. A rare bad delivery from Shah. Kane goes back and pulls it behind square, away from the fielder in the deep and a boundary. 60 more needed now.
23.5
1
R Shah to R Taylor, On the leg pole, Williamson strokes it down to long on for one.
23.4
1
R Shah to K Williamson, Flatter and on middle, KW pushes it down to long on and takes one.
23.3
0
R Shah to K Williamson, On the stumps, Kane defends it out.
23.2
0
R Shah to K Williamson, Loopy ball on off, KW strokes it to covers.
23.1
0
R Shah to K Williamson, Floats it on middle, Williamson keeps it out.
22.6
0
G Naib to R Taylor, A swing and a miss! Taylor shuffles across and looks for his favourite mid-wicket region. He misses though.
22.5
4
G Naib to R Taylor, EDGED AND OVER! FOUR! New Zealand continue riding their luck today! Short and outside off, Taylor looks to get on top of the bounce and guide it down to third man but fails to do so. The top edge is taken and it goes over the keeper for a boundary.
22.4
0
G Naib to R Taylor, Slower one on off, Taylor guides it to point. The fielder fumbles. Williamson wants a run but is sent back.
22.3
1
G Naib to K Williamson, This is on the stumps, this is whipped down to long on for one.
22.2
0
G Naib to K Williamson, Good length again on off, Williamson looks to run it down but once again can't beat third slip.

Rahmat Shah is doing a terrific job. He has rarely bowled a bad ball. Even Rashid Khan slips in the odd loose delivery but Rahmat has been mighty consistent and accurate.

22.1
1
G Naib to R Taylor, Shortish and outside off, this is cut past point and down towards third man for one.
21.6
1
R Shah to R Taylor, A touch short, punched down to long on for another single.
21.5
1
R Shah to K Williamson, Thrown up around off, milked down to long on for one. 100 UP FOR NEW ZEALAND. 73 more needed.
21.4
1
R Shah to R Taylor, Comes down the track now and pushes it down to long off for a run.
21.3
0
R Shah to R Taylor, Full and straight, watchfully kept out.
21.2
1
R Shah to K Williamson, Tossed up around middle, pushed down to long off for a single. Williamson moves to 40.
21.1
0
R Shah to K Williamson, Full and around off, pushed back defensively.
20.6
0
G Naib to R Taylor, Played to the point region by the batsman. 8 from the over. A productive one for the Kiwis.
20.5
0
G Naib to R Taylor, Angled into the batsman, Taylor tries to flick but misses to get hit high on the pads.
20.4
1
G Naib to K Williamson, This is eased through mid on for one.
20.3
0
G Naib to K Williamson, Williamson now looks to guide it down to third man but can't get past second slip.
20.2
1
G Naib to R Taylor, This is guided down to third man for one.
20.1
1
G Naib to K Williamson, Now works it through mid-wicket for one. Just a single from the Free Hit.
20.1
4
G Naib to K Williamson, FOUR! Williamson gets this through point! Short and asking to be hit, there is also width on offer. KW cuts it through point for a boundary. The bowler has also overstepped so the next ball is a Free Hit. The 50-run stand is also up. The two have gone along their own way but it is a useful stand.
19.6
0
R Shah to R Taylor, Edged but short! Played that with soft hands did Taylor. This is on off, it once again turns away. Taylor plays inside the line with soft hands but the ball goes off the outside edge and on the bounce to first slip. Good over by Shah.
19.5
0
R Shah to R Taylor, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
19.4
0
R Shah to R Taylor, BEATEN! Good delivery that! Lands it on off and Taylor plays the original trajectory. The ball pitches and spins away. Beats the outside edge.
19.3
1
R Shah to K Williamson, Flatter and on middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.
19.2
0
R Shah to K Williamson, Looks to work it against the turn but ends up getting a soft leading edge to the bowler.
19.1
0
R Shah to K Williamson, Floats it up on off, Kane strokes it to cover.
18.6
0
G Naib to R Taylor, Naib gets away with another short ball. It is outside off, Taylor looks to cut but gets an inside edge which goes along the ground to the keeper. 7 from the over, could have gone for more though.
18.5
1
G Naib to K Williamson, Another back of a length ball, KW pushes it through covers and gets to the other end.
18.4
0
G Naib to K Williamson, Kane misses out! Generally so good through that region but struggling to find the the gap today. Short and outside off, he cuts it but finds point.
18.3
0
G Naib to K Williamson, Back of a length on off, Williamson guides it to second slip.
18.3
0
G Naib to K Williamson, Goes short again and this one is way too short. Wided.
18.2
4
G Naib to K Williamson, FOUR! Finally some intent shown by Williamson. He steps down the track but Naib looks to outsmart him by bowling it short. Williamson though adjusts and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
18.1
1
G Naib to R Taylor, Short and wide outside off, Ross slaps it through covers for one.

Gulbadin Naib is back!

17.6
0
R Shah to K Williamson, Plays this late and looks to guide it past slip but can't get it past the fielder there.
17.5
1
R Shah to R Taylor, Taylor now drops it towards cover and takes one.
17.4
4
R Shah to R Taylor, MISFIELD AND FOUR! Poor from Afghanistan! They have missed a run out opportunity to go by early on and now given away three extra runs. Flighted on off, Taylor strokes it nicely through covers. Hassan in the deep runs to his right and looks to stop the ball but lets it through.
17.3
0
R Shah to R Taylor, Flatter and outside off, RT guides it to point.
17.2
0
R Shah to R Taylor, Flighted ball on off, Taylor drives it to covers.
17.1
1
R Shah to K Williamson, Drop and run! Williamson pushes it towards cover and gets to the other end.
16.6
1
H Hassan to K Williamson, Chance of an overthrow but not taken! Full and on middle, Williamson strokes it towards mid on and takes off. The fielder has a shy at the non-striker's end but away from the fielder backing up. The fielder at deep mid-wicket though gets to the ball quickly and does not let the batters take another one.
16.5
0
H Hassan to R Taylor, LEG BYE! Back of a length ball and on the pads, Taylor once again is beaten for pace as he fails to get his bat down in time to flick. It hits the thigh pad and rolls beside the pitch. Williamson takes a quick single.
16.4
0
H Hassan to R Taylor, Good bowling! A yorker and at a good pace! Taylor fails to bring his bat down in time and gets beaten. Taylor will be thankful that was not on the stumps.
16.3
1
H Hassan to K Williamson, Back of a length around middle, Williamson nudges it on the leg side and takes one.
16.2
0
H Hassan to K Williamson, Another one on the shorter side and on the body, Kane ducks under it. No wide this time.
16.2
0
H Hassan to K Williamson, WIDE. A bouncer, dug in too short, Kane ducks.
16.1
0
H Hassan to K Williamson, Landed outside off, cutting back in, dabbed straight to gully. He has been stationed there to stop that favourite 'run-down-to-third man' shot of Willy.

DRINKS BREAK. A sluggish game going along right now. The Kiwis are making a hard work of a modest target. The bowling is not all that great but the New Zealand batters are not even milking the runs. Probably Taylor and Williamson would be cautious for now and then start to use the long handle when the runs required come under 70.

15.6
0
R Shah to R Taylor, Flatter and on middle, Taylor goes back and pushes it to mid-wicket. So just the fortunate boundary from this over.
15.5
0
R Shah to R Taylor, Once again uses his feet but the length is short. Taylor again defends it.
15.4
0
R Shah to R Taylor, On off again and Taylor is happy to keep it out.
15.3
0
R Shah to R Taylor, On the off pole, RT defends it onto the ground.
15.2
0
R Shah to R Taylor, Taylor comes down the track but does not get to the pitch of it. He keeps it out.
15.1
4
R Shah to R Taylor, EDGY FOUR! Some turn though for Shah. Encouraging signs for him. He bowls it on middle and it spins away a little. Taylor is half-forward as he tries to defend. The ball goes off the outside edge and into the third man fence.

RASHID KHAN UPDATE - Sadly, for Afghanistan, Rashid has failed both the concussion tests. He will not be taking any further part in this game and will be assessed again tomorrow. In case you missed it, Khan was hit on the helmet by a Lockie Ferguson delivery while batting. Left the field in a dizzy state. Rahmat Shah to bowl now. He is probably the bowler who is going to fill in for Rashid Khan.

14.6
0
H Hassan to K Williamson, One more leave outside off.
14.5
0
H Hassan to K Williamson, Landed outside off, left alone.
14.4
2
H Hassan to K Williamson, A short ball, pulled behind square for a couple.
14.3
0
H Hassan to K Williamson, Landed outside off, left alone.
14.2
1
H Hassan to R Taylor, Outside off, Taylor looks to punch but gets a bottom edge through point. A single taken.
14.1
0
H Hassan to R Taylor, Outside off, punched towards cover.
13.6
1
M Nabi to R Taylor, NOT OUT! Yes, the poor throw has saved Williamson. He is just in. However, a better throw and KW was a goner. Taylor works it towards mid-wicket and wants a run. Williamson initially hesitates but then goes for it. Shahidi picks the ball up and throws it above the keeper's head. He collects it with a jump and then dislodges the bails. His appeal is a confident one and the umpire takes it upstairs. Replays roll in and they show that Williamson is in. An opportunity goes abegging. Can't let such chances go while defending a low score. A life for Williamson. Just the three runs from the over. Afghanistan could have easily had a wicket but it did not end that way.

Is Williamson run out? Afghanistan do feel so. The throw was not a good one though and that might have saved him.

13.5
1
M Nabi to K Williamson, Flatter and on off, Williamson pushes it through covers for a run.
13.4
0
M Nabi to K Williamson, Another dot as Williamson strokes it back towards the bowler. Nabi deflects it onto the stumps at his end but Taylor is in.
13.3
0
M Nabi to K Williamson, Works it with the turn to mid-wicket. Williamson is finding it difficult to score runs here.
13.2
0
M Nabi to K Williamson, Flatter and on off, Williamson guides it to backward point.
13.1
1
M Nabi to R Taylor, Gives it a lot of air but it is too full, Taylor hits it down to long on for one.
12.6
0
G Naib to K Williamson, Slightly short and outside off, Williamson cuts it nicely but finds point.
12.5
1
G Naib to R Taylor, This is squeezed past the diving point fielder for a single.
12.4
0
G Naib to R Taylor, This has been crisply driven but straight to the man at covers.
12.3
4
G Naib to R Taylor, FOUR! Short, wide and slashed away! Shortish and outside off, Taylor throws his bat at it, gets it past point and the ball races away to the fence.
12.2
0
G Naib to R Taylor, Back of a length on off, Taylor guides it to point.
12.1
0
G Naib to R Taylor, On the off pole, Taylor blocks it out.
11.6
0
M Nabi to K Williamson, The arm ball on off, Williamson goes back and pushes it back to the bowler. A tight start by Nabi.
11.5
0
M Nabi to K Williamson, Flighted ball, Williamson pushes it to covers.
11.4
1
M Nabi to R Taylor, Flatter and on off, Taylor punches it down to long on for one.
11.3
1
M Nabi to K Williamson, Flicks it with soft hands through square leg and gets to the other end.
11.2
1
M Nabi to R Taylor, Taylor now eases this down to long on and takes an easy run.
11.2
0
M Nabi to R Taylor, A loopy delivery down the leg side, Ross misses the sweep and the umpire has wided it.
11.1
0
M Nabi to R Taylor, Slower through the air on off, it is worked to mid-wicket.

Mohammad Nabi is on now!

10.6
0
G Naib to K Williamson, Well fielded! Full and on off, Williamson strokes it but finds cover. A maiden by Gulbadin.
10.5
0
G Naib to K Williamson, Outside off again and the batter has left it alone.
10.4
0
G Naib to K Williamson, BEATEN! Another length ball and just outside off. Williamson plays inside the line and the ball whizzes past the outside edge.
10.3
0
G Naib to K Williamson, Another ball outside off, it has been left alone.
10.2
0
G Naib to K Williamson, On the stumps, kept out.
10.1
0
G Naib to K Williamson, Outside off, Williamson looks to guide it down to third man but can't beat gully.

Powerplay 2 has been signaled! Now 4 fielders can be placed outside the ring till the 40th over. Don't think the game will last till then though.

9.6
0
A Alam to R Taylor, On the fuller side on middle, this is hit to mid on. End of Powerplay 1! It is a decent one for both the sides but New Zealand ahead in the game.
9.5
0
A Alam to R Taylor, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
9.4
0
A Alam to R Taylor, Goes back to bowling length on off, it is kept out.
9.3
4
A Alam to R Taylor, FOUR! Taylor has no problem with the short one. He rocks back and powers it through square leg. No stopping those. 50 up for New Zealand.
9.2
1
A Alam to K Williamson, In the air... but safe! Once again, Williamson is a touch late on the shot. Not often do we see this. It is a short one and Williamson looks to pull. The ball hits the higher portion of the bat and lobs in the vacant mid-wicket region for a run.
9.1
1
A Alam to R Taylor, The batsman has driven it through mid on. They pick up a single.
8.6
0
G Naib to K Williamson, Fuller again on middle, this is hit to mid on.
8.5
0
G Naib to K Williamson, On the stumps, kept out.
8.4
0
G Naib to K Williamson, NOT OUT! Absolutely nothing on that! It is on a length and outside off, Williamson looks to drive it. He misses. The keeper takes it and appeals. The umpire shakes his head. Afghanistan review. Replays roll in and it shows nothing on Ultra Edge. Afghanistan lose their only review.
8.3
0
G Naib to K Williamson, The batsman works it down the leg side.

Is there an outside edge? Afghanistan feel so but the umpire feels different as he has ruled it in favor of the batsman. Afghanistan have reviewed though.

8.2
4
G Naib to K Williamson, FOUR! Poor ball and put away! Short and wide outside off, Williamson goes back and cuts it past point for a boundary.
8.1
1
G Naib to R Taylor, Off the mark straightaway is Taylor! He works it towards mid on and gets to the other end.
7.6
0
A Alam to K Williamson, Good length and on off, it is defended. End of a successful over.

Ross Taylor walks out to bat!

7.5
0
A Alam to C Munro, OUT! In the air... taken! Aftab Alam strikes. The change of ends does wonders for him. He bangs it short and outside off, Munro looks to upper cut it but only manages to get a lot of height on it. It goes towards third man where Hassan takes an easy catch. Both the openers back in the hut inside Powerplay 1! Afghanistan hanging in there. 132 needed with 8 wickets in hand.
7.4
1
A Alam to K Williamson, A single now as Williamson works it in the mid-wicket region.
7.3
0
A Alam to K Williamson, This is angled into the pads, Williamson works it towards mid-wicket.
7.2
1
A Alam to C Munro, Another length ball on off, Munro looks to push it through the off side but it goes off the inner half towards mid-wicket for one. It may have been the cutter and hence, Munro was a touch early in the shot.
7.1
0
A Alam to C Munro, Back of a length and on off, Munro defends it onto the ground.

Change of ends for Aftab Alam.

6.6
4
G Naib to K Williamson, FOUR! In the gap and it races away! This should get Williamson going. Back of a length and on off, Kane pushes it through covers and the ball races away to the fence. Spoils the over somewhat. 134 more needed.
6.5
0
G Naib to K Williamson, Another length ball on off, Williamson plays it late and onto the ground.
6.4
0
G Naib to K Williamson, Back of a length on off, it is defended.
6.3
0
G Naib to K Williamson, Shorter in length and around off, KW looks to cut but ends up chopping it to the cover fielder.
6.2
1
G Naib to C Munro, The third man fielder was almost bamboozled by the spin! Short and outside off, Munro looks to cut but the ball flies off the outside edge. It bounces in front of the fielder at third man. He looks to stop it casually but then it spins to his right. He though reacts quickly, sticks his hand out and stops it. Single taken by the batters.
6.1
0
G Naib to C Munro, On the middle pole, the batter defends it onto the ground.

Gulbadin Naib is on now!

5.6
0
H Hassan to K Williamson, Outside off, it has been left alone.
5.5
0
H Hassan to K Williamson, Another full ball on middle, Williamson keeps it out.
5.4
0
H Hassan to K Williamson, Corrects his line and bowls it on off, blocked.
5.4
0
H Hassan to K Williamson, WIDE! Short and down the leg side, it is wided.
5.3
4
H Hassan to K Williamson, Off the inside edge and FOUR! Once again Williamson is slightly late on the shot. Back of a length on off and it zips through. Williamson looks to keep it out but the ball hits the inside edge and it races to the fine leg fence. Just nothing going Afghanistan's way.
5.2
0
H Hassan to K Williamson, Good pace! 140 KPH to be precise! It is angled into Williamson. He hops and tries to flick but misses to get hit on the thigh pad.
5.1
1
H Hassan to C Munro, Quick running! This is tapped towards cover and Munro sets off. Williamson responds nicely and they complete it easily.
4.6
0
A Alam to K Williamson, Another ball which is angled into the batsman, KW looks to flick but gets an inside edge onto the pads. A good tight over by Alam, just the two from it.
4.5
0
A Alam to K Williamson, On the fuller side and around middle and leg. Williamson strokes it to mid on.
4.4
1
A Alam to C Munro, This time he uses the pace and works it nicely through mid-wicket for one.
4.3
0
A Alam to C Munro, Shorter and on middle, Munro looks to flat-bat it but the ball hurries onto him and he mistimes it to mid on. Munro seems to be going to hard at the deliveries.
4.2
0
A Alam to C Munro, Bowls this on the pads, Munro looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
4.1
1
A Alam to K Williamson, This is on the pads, Williamson works it through square leg for a single.
3.6
0
H Hassan to C Munro, A dot to end! Another testing over by Hassan! Length and on off, this is guided to point.
3.5
4
H Hassan to C Munro, FOUR! Right off the middle! Risky shot though. He looks to play it on the up with two slips and a gully in place. Gets it off the middle though and it races through cover for a boundary.
3.4
1
H Hassan to K Williamson, Good running! This is worked towards square leg and the batsmen set off for a run. The fielder has a shy at the striker's end but misses.
3.3
1
H Hassan to C Munro, Leading edge but in the gap! Fortunate single for Munro. He looks to work it on the leg side but due to the angle away the ball flies off the leading edge. It evades the gully fielder and the point fielder. Goes down towards third man where the fielder runs to his left and keeps it down to one. Afghanistan need luck to go their way. On another day, this could have easily gone to a fielder's hand.
3.2
0
H Hassan to C Munro, Edge but does not carry! Back of a length on off, Munro looks to push at it but the ball takes the outside edge and goes on the bounce towards gully. Good stop by the fielder there.
3.1
0
H Hassan to C Munro, On the fuller side, Hassan is hitting the bat hard. Munro strokes it to mid off.
2.6
0
A Alam to K Williamson, On the pads, Williamson works it towards mid-wicket. Three dots to end the over. A good comeback by the bowler after going for a boundary on the second ball. Just the 6 from it in the end.
2.5
0
A Alam to K Williamson, On off again and it is on a length, defended.
2.4
0
A Alam to K Williamson, Good line and length! On off and straightens a touch. Williamson goes back and looks to defend but it goes off the outer half towards point.
2.3
0
A Alam to C Munro, Good change in pace but the line is a little too straight. Munro is done in a little by the pace. He looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. The ball rolls on the leg side. A leg bye taken.
2.2
4
A Alam to C Munro, FOUR! Beautiful shot by Munro! He has not looked to hit that hard, just a mere punch. Slightly fuller and on off, CM strokes it past the diving mid off fielder and it races away.
2.1
0
A Alam to C Munro, Back of a length around off, Munro guides it to point.
2.1
0
A Alam to C Munro, WIDE! Down the leg side, Munro looks to flick but misses. The keeper does well to dive to his right and take it.
1.6
0
H Hassan to K Williamson, Another good nut! Back of a length and just outside off, Williamson covers his off pole and shoulders arms nicely. A tight second from Hassan.
1.5
1
H Hassan to C Munro, Edgy run! shortish and outside off, Munro slashes at it but the ball flies off the top edge down to third man and the batters take one.
1.4
0
H Hassan to C Munro, BEATEN! This is a good delivery. It is on off and takes off after pitching and also angles away. Munro looks to force it through the off side but gets beaten.
1.3
0
H Hassan to C Munro, Goes wide and full outside off, Munro goes after it but misses.
1.3
0
H Hassan to C Munro, Munro steps down the track and Hassan spots that, he bangs it short but it is too short and it has been wided.
1.2
0
H Hassan to C Munro, Back of a length again on off, Munro pushes it to covers.
1.1
1
H Hassan to K Williamson, Shorter and on the body, Williamson hops and works it through square leg for one.

Hamid Hassan to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.

0.6
0
A Alam to C Munro, The batsman gets a leading edge on that one.
0.5
4
A Alam to C Munro, FOUR! Consecutive boundaries! Short and outside off, Munro punches it through the covers for a boundary again!
0.4
4
A Alam to C Munro, FOUR! Bash. Full and outside off, Munro hammers it down the ground for a boundary!
0.3
1
A Alam to K Williamson, On middle and leg, worked through mid-wicket for a single.
0.2
2
A Alam to K Williamson, On middle and leg, Williamson works it through square leg. The fielder makes a mess of a simple throw and concedes the second.

Kane Williamson walks in at number 3, replacing Guptill.

0.1
0
A Alam to M Guptill, OUT! A wicket first ball! Superb start for Afghanistan. A length ball, around off, coming in, Guptill looks to tuck it to the leg side but the ball takes the inside edge, hits the pads and lobs to backward point. Simple catch for Najibullah Zadran. Afghanistan appeal and the umpire raises his finger!

We are back for the chase. The players and umpires are out in the middle. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro will open the batting for New Zealand. Aftab Alam will start off proceedings to Guppy.