Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    26.4 Oh man. There was no single there. Back of a length outside off, punched to the right of point and they take on the fielder's arm after a moment's hesitation. The throw to the bowler's end misses but the fielder backing up from mid-on, Shenwari, rebounds it into the stumps and Guptill is a couple of inches short of his crease 143/3
    5.5 nope, this is the knockout! It's quicker, it's fuller and McCullum went for another pull. Poor choice of shot as he gets the bottom of the inside edge, deflects it onto his pads and then into the stumps 53/1
    18.4 picked out midwicket! Shapoor was brought back for this express reason and he has managed to lure a false stroke out. Williamson has been in such good form that he jumps into a pull too soon and miscues it. Minor opening found. Can Afghanistan break through? 111/2
    not out
    33.5 Is that another run-out? Full outside off, driven to mid-off, and the fielder, Nabi, hits the stumps direct at the bowler's end, and, as replays confirm, Elliott is short of his crease. He hit it too firmly for that to be a comfortable single. OUT, says the big screen. 175/4
    not out
    6 (lb 2, w 4)
    188/4 (36.1 Overs, RR: 5.19)
    Fall of wickets: 1-53 (BB McCullum, 5.5 ov), 2-111 (KS Williamson, 18.4 ov), 3-143 (MJ Guptill, 26.4 ov), 4-175 (GD Elliott, 33.5 ov)
    Dawlat Zadran9.005105.66307030
    Shapoor Zadran10.024514.50354000
    Hamid Hassan7.013605.14266000
    Mohammad Nabi7.103915.44223110
    Samiullah Shenwari3.001505.0081000

Match Notes

  • All head to McLean Park

    Napier's 10022 at the New Zealand v Afghanistan match was 7.59 per cent of the regional population, with Wellington, where 7.14 percent of its regional population of 422103 i.e. a crowd of 30,148 showed up for the New Zealand v England game, a close secon

  • Najibullah marks Afghanistan improvement

    One of Afghanistan coach Andy Moles' constant demands of his players is just to see improvement. He is not expecting miracles. On that scale, Najibullah Zadran will have emerged from the heavy defeat against New Zealand in considerable credit

  • More than just two points for hosts

    A six-wicket win with almost 14 overs to spare barely acknowledges the gulf in class between the hosts and Afghanistan, but for those New Zealand players who needed a greater workout, it was a worthwhile outing

  • New Zealand v Afghanistan - #BendTheRules Moments

    #BendTheRules Moments from the Group A match between New Zealand and Afghanistan

McCullum in overdrive


Runs scored by McCullum in the first 10 overs in this World Cup, off 108 balls. Strike rate: 212

NZ's rollicking starts


New Zealand's run rate in the first 5 overs in this World Cup - 233 runs in 150 balls. It's easily the best among all teams

Searching for a century stand


Number of century partnerships for Afghanistan in this World Cup. They're the only team in this tournament without one

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Previous instances of Afghanistan and New Zealand playing each other in an ODI.