Pacers give NZ A 105-run win
New Zealand A 204 (Devcich 55, McCullum 44, Dawlat 2-29, Nabi 2-36) beat Afghanistan 99 (Mirwais 30, Mills 3-16, Bracewell 2-9) by 105 runs
New Zealand A won their second consecutive one-dayer in the UAE when their pacers demolished Afghanistan for 99 for a 105-run win in Dubai. Defending 204, New Zealand A were led by three wickets from Kyle Mills and two each from Mitchell McClenaghan and Doug Bracewell.
New Zealand A were in a spot of bother after they opted to bat, being 81 for 4 and soon 117 for 6. Opener Anton Devcich led the top order with a 74-ball 55 as three wickets fell in front of him. He fell in the 21st over before Colin de Grandhomme (34) and Nathan McCullum (44) took them past 100 with a stand of 36. The lower order took them to 204 as Mills scored a patient 13 off 37 and McClenaghan an unbeaten 24-ball 26.
Afghanistan were in trouble early at 7 for 3 after four overs. The pacers did not allow any substantial partnership to flourish as they were soon 35 for 6. Mirwais Ashraf (30) and Afsar Zazai (21) stalled the fall of wickets with a partnership of 56 for the the seventh wicket. Once that was broken by Grandhomme, the New Zealand A bowlers took 33 more deliveries to wrap them up within 39 overs.