Player of the Match
Player of the Match

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

KS Williamson
KS Williamson
79(99) 9x4 - 0x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 30 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
5 6 9 11 17 1 4 26
Hashmatullah Shahidi
59(99) 9x4 - 0x6
Control %65%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 14 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
12 6 11 7 8 5 1 9

Best performances - Bowlers

JDS Neesham
JDS Neesham
O10
M1
R31
W5
Eco3.10
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W
LH Ferguson
O9.1
M3
R37
W4
Eco4.03
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Match Details

Series

Toss

New Zealand , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

13.30 start, First Session 13.30-17.00 Interval 17.00-17.30, Second Session 17.30-21.00

Match days

08 June 2019 - day/night match (50-over match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Points

New Zealand 2, Afghanistan 0

Scorer: @Thilak_Rama | Commentator: @PeterDellaPenna

Thank for joining us. Until next time, this is Shashank Kishore saying goodbye on behalf of Peter Della Penna. Don't forget to join us for the big one on Sunday: India v Australia from The Oval. It should be a corker of a contest. Cheers!

Kane Williamson: 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. My form's been alright, just doing a job for the team. We've now chased three games in a row. Great to win every game you play, we've got a couple of days off, which the guys will look forward to before we play India in a few days time.

Gulbadin Naib: Batting let us down. We've a lot of work to do on the field. We need to improve day-by-day.

Jimmy Neesham is Player of the Match for his 5 for 31: "Obviously pretty pleased with how the ball came out today. Afghanistan put us under a lot of pressure at the start of the game but we knew if we kept pushing hard and putting the ball in the right areas that we'd be able to get through and obviously we did a pretty clinical job chasing. I just wanted to get back to what I do bowling and try to be consistent, hit the deck as much as possible and not worry about swinging the ball because that's not my forte."

The bigger news today though is the health status of Rashid Khan. He never took the field after he sustained a concussion on the ball that bowled him by Lockie Ferguson, ricocheting off the lid of his helmet onto the stumps. The silver lining for Afghanistan is they have six days off before their next match against South Africa next Saturday as both teams are still in search of their first win. That may be enough of a break in between games for Rashid to recover and resume his place as Afghanistan's strike bowler. It was always going to be an uphill battle defending 172 without him and so it proved. Afghanistan got off to a fabulous start, having reached 61 for 0 in the Powerplay after being sent in at the toss before Jimmy Neesham's spell dismantled their top order.

8.18 pm Captain Kane Williamson makes the most of a severely botched runout chance by Hashmatullah Shahidi at short midwicket when he was on 22 to end unbeaten on 79. New Zealand remain a perfect three for three to top the World Cup points table. Afghanistan now fighting to avoid the wooden spoon with three losses from their first three matches.

32.1
1
Aftab Alam to Williamson, 1 run, short on the legs, Williamson pulls to long leg to end the match. NZ win with 17.5 overs to spare.

END OF OVER:
32 | 4 Runs | NZ: 172/3 (1 run required from 18 overs, RR: 5.37, RRR: 0.05)

  • Tom Latham13 (18b)
  • Kane Williamson78 (98b)
  • Hamid Hassan7-0-30-0
  • Aftab Alam8-0-44-3
31.6
0
Hamid Hassan to Latham, no run, fullish length on off, Latham beaten driving. And it'll go into at least one more over now as well...
31.5
0
Hamid Hassan to Latham, no run, bouncer from Hamid, Latham ducks, barely legal on height. This match will go at least one more ball.
31.4
1
Hamid Hassan to Williamson, 1 run, short on off stump, tapped down to short third man. Scores level.
31.3
1
Hamid Hassan to Latham, 1 run, short and wide on sixth stump, guided to Zazai at third man.
31.2
1lb
Hamid Hassan to Williamson, 1 leg bye, good length on the legs, clipped off the pads along the ground wide of Alikhil behind the stumps.

New Zealand 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st0MJ GuptillC Munro
2nd41C MunroKS Williamson
3rd89LRPL TaylorKS Williamson
4th43KS WilliamsonTWM Latham