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- Cricket World Cup 2019 Match 13
172/10 (41.1 ov)
173/3 (32.1 ov)
New Zealand won by 7 wickets
Player of the match:
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That's it for tonight's game, we take your leave. It was quite an easy chase for New Zealand, meanwhile, Afghanistan need more consistency in their team especially since the World Cup is so competitive this time. See you all again in tomorrow's clash between
Australia and India- the BIG Game
Kane Williamson, the winning captain:
Outstanding win. They have a few world-class players, they got off to a very good start but we stuck to our plans, great to see the way the seamers came back. Lockie is a fast bowler, his role is to bowl fast. It doesn't need much encouragement to get him up. He's made a big difference because of the left-arm right-arm combination. Neesham was superb as well, there was pace and movement, and he used the conditions well.
Gulbadin Naib, Afghanistan captain:
We started really well. Hazrat and Noor were great with the bat. We missed the length of the ball, some of us batsmen, and we threw our wickets away early. So credit to the Kiwi bowlers. We have to play out 50 overs, and it is important for us to stay at the wicket. Our bowlers started well. The wickets did not support the fast bowlers, so we missed out on Rashid. I just tell the boys to keep calm, and show a little more composure in the middle. We missed out on saving some boundaries too and we were not great in the field, so we have a long way to go - the improvement at this high level of cricket will happen day by day.
New Zealand are enjoying their unbeaten run in the 2019 World Cup so far. But their real test will be on June 13 when they meet India at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham. On the other hand, Afghanistan are on a tie with South Africa having lost all three games that they have played in. Their major concern now is Rashid Khan who got injured during his dismissal when the ball hit his helmet and did not take the field since. They have a gap of 6 days until their next game.
No prizes for guessing who the
Man of the Match
: Pretty pleased with my performance today. Afghanistan put us under pressure very early with the bat, but we knew we had the ability to dent them even after the start they got. The chase was clinical, obviously. Our home conditions are lower and slower, but the bouncy conditions suited me personally to be honest. I let a few external voices affect my bowling, and I went back to my forte today - hitting the deck hard, and not trying to swing the ball too much.
Kane Williamson in the last five matches for NZ:
79*(Today), 40, DNB, 85, 67
That's a wrap! Quite a plain end. NZ win with 17.5 overs to spare.
New Zealand have won 3 out of 3 so far in the Cricket World Cup! Brilliant form.
32.1 Aftab Alam to Kane Williamson. Back of a length, middle stump on the back foot pulling, to fine leg for 1 run, fielded by Zazai.
Two dot balls follow with just one run required. Gets dragged into another over.
NZ: 172/3(RR 5.38)
1 1lb 1 1 . .
31.6 Hamid Hassan to Tom Latham. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Khil.
31.5 Hamid Hassan to Tom Latham. Back of a length, off stump ducked Leave, Left to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Khil.
31.4 Hamid Hassan to Kane Williamson. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot dropped, to fourth slip for 1 run, fielded by Khil.
Both batsmen are dealing in singles. No more glorious boundaries in this match it seems.
31.3 Hamid Hassan to Tom Latham. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot Steer, to third man for 1 run, fielded by Zazai.
31.2 Hamid Hassan to Kane Williamson. Seaming in back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot working, to leg gully for 1 run, fielded by Khil.
Just one shot away now.
31.1 Hamid Hassan to Tom Latham. Beamer, middle stump on the back foot working, to fine leg for 1 run.
NZ: 168/3(RR 5.42)
1 1 1 1 1 1
30.6 Aftab Alam to Tom Latham. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot hooking, to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Nabi.
NZ have dragged it to another over it seems. Not taking away anything Aftab Alam though. He bowled really well.
30.5 Aftab Alam to Kane Williamson. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot cutting, to third man for 1 run, fielded by Zazai.
30.4 Aftab Alam to Tom Latham. Length ball, off stump on the back foot working, to fine leg for 1 run, fielded by Hassan.
As easy as this chase was, it raises major concerns for New Zealand. Especially since this chase should've been completed at least five overs ago, since there's no pressure element.
The issue is what will do they against a more difficult opponent and a much bigger target.
30.3 Aftab Alam to Kane Williamson. Length ball, off stump on the back foot working, leading edge to backward point for 1 run, shy attempt by Zadran.
30.2 Aftab Alam to Tom Latham. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Nabi.
30.1 Aftab Alam to Kane Williamson. Length ball, to leg on the front foot working, to fine leg for 1 run, fielded by Hassan.
Just 11 runs more for NZ to win. Should be done and dusted in the next over.
NZ: 162/3(RR 5.40)
4 1 1lb . 1 .