Player of the Match
Player of the Match
  • BATSMEN
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    1.3 given! Was that pitching in line? It swung in and smacked him on the front pad, which was thrust halfway forward and across to play through the on side. They've reviewed it. Hits on the knee-roll, or just above. Nowhere near the inside edge. It's pitching in line, and it's clipping the top of leg stump, so Ahmadi has to go 5/1
    2.1 bowled him! That's a beauty, full, and it drifts in the air, into the batsman, continues along that angle after pitching, and sneaks into the gap that's opened up between the bat and pad of Ghani, who was playing for the turn 6/2
    15.1 bowled him, that's Vettori's 300th! You don't want to cut him unless he's really short and wide. He's neither here, and he made a bit of room, and the ball kept coming in with the angle and knocked back his off stump. 12th bowler in ODIs to reach the landmark, and the first New Zealander 49/4
    8.2 gone! Goes after another shortish ball outside off. The shot was on, he was looking for the uppercut, but didn't get the elevation and ended up hitting a comfortable catch to Guptill at the squarer of two gullies 24/3
    45.2 shortish, not quite short enough to pull. It's too close to his hip and he ends up spooning a simple catch to Taylor at square leg. Gets a standing ovation from the crowd as he walks off. 166/9
    19.4 that's Vettori's third. Nabi goes on the back foot to punch, it bounces more than he expects, and the ball takes his outside edge, well taken by Taylor at slip, that went quickly to him, to his right 59/5
    19.5 and he's gone first ball! Quicker ball from Vettori, and it pins Zazai to the crease, tries to bring his bat down in a hurry to defend it, couldn't bring it down quickly enough. Ball goes with the arm and smacks him on the front pad. I'm not sure that was hitting leg stump, but the umpire thought it was. No reviews left for Afghanistan. Hawkeye says clipping, I'm not convinced. 59/6
    38.3 oh, he's found third man and it's Danny down there! Seemed a good shot, and a good plan. Backs away to get some room to help a short ball up and over. Decent enough contact too, but he is unable to clear the man on the boundary. Simple catch 145/7
    41.1 taken! It was a fuller ball, bowled from around the wicket, and Dawlat went for a bit of a slog. Only manages an outside edge that gives Ronchi a simple take 151/8
    47.4 Adam Milne, whatacatch! Saw him coming down the track and shortened his length, and Hassan miscued his slog, went in the air to the right of long-on and he took it low, diving to his right, and he was holding his right shoulder when he came up after taking the catch. May have hurt it while he rolled over 186/10
    not out
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    10
    4
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    50.00
    Extras
    14 (lb 5, w 9)
    TOTAL
    186 all out (47.4 Overs, RR: 3.90)
    Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Javed Ahmadi, 1.3 ov), 2-6 (Usman Ghani, 2.1 ov), 3-24 (Asghar Stanikzai, 8.2 ov), 4-49 (Nawroz Mangal, 15.1 ov), 5-59 (Mohammad Nabi, 19.4 ov), 6-59 (Afsar Zazai, 19.5 ov), 7-145 (Najibullah Zadran, 38.3 ov), 8-151 (Dawlat Zadran, 41.1 ov), 9-166 (Samiullah Shenwari, 45.2 ov), 10-186 (Hamid Hassan, 47.4 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEcon0s4s6sWDNB
    TG Southee1004304.30404200
    TA Boult1023433.40454020
    DL Vettori1041841.80482000
    AF Milne1003813.80415040
    CJ Anderson6.403825.70265130
    GD Elliott1010010.0022000
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    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
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    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
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    10
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    87.50
    Extras
    6 (lb 2, w 4)
    TOTAL
    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)
    BowlingOMRWEcon0s4s6sWDNB
    Dawlat Zadran905105.66307030
    Shapoor Zadran1024514.50354000
    Hamid Hassan713605.14266000
    Mohammad Nabi7.103915.44223110
    Samiullah Shenwari301505.0081000

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

229

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

NZ's rollicking starts

9.32

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

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

Unknown Quantities

0

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