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New Zealand vs Afghanistan, 16th Match at Chennai, World Cup 2023, Oct 18 2023 - Match Result

RESULT
16th Match (D/N), Chennai, October 18, 2023, ICC Cricket World Cup
(34.4/50 ov, T:289) 139

New Zealand won by 149 runs

Player Of The Match
71 (80)
glenn-phillips
Cricinfo's MVP
102.09 ptsImpact List
glenn-phillips
Match centre 
Scores: Ranjith P | Comms: Rvel Zahid & Ashish Pant
Scorecard summary
New Zealand 288/6(50 overs)
Afghanistan 139/10(34.4 overs)
Cricinfo’s Most Valuable Players of the Match
PLAYERTeam
TI
Runs
I. Runs
B. Impact
Bowl
I. Wkts
Bo. Impact
NZ102.0971(80)73.4298.70/13-3.39
NZ86.24--02/182.7186.24
NZ78.5768(74)70.0478.57--0
NZ69.7354(64)58.8369.73--0
AFG63.618(13)7.684.831/431.6658.78

And with that one-sided affair coming to a close earlier than many of us anticipated, it's time for us to say goodnight. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. Don't forget to tune in tomorrow for India v Bangladesh clash. For now, this is Rvel Zahid saying goodbye on behalf of my co-commentator Ashish Pant and our scoring team. Cheers!

Do check out the match report by Ashish to review the events of the day

Tom Latham, New Zealand Captain: Pleasing start, another great performance today. We were put under pressure at certain times but putting pressure back on them at end of the innings was great. I think at that time we lost three wickets in a short span of time, we tried to get a partnership there...took it nice and deep, there were a few chances here and there I guess. We tried to capitalise on those chances. Glenn played a fantastic innings, took pressure of me. The guys set the tone at the top in first 10 overs and kept chipping in. Pleasing all around. (game versus India) I guess on the back of some good performances, we are stepping in the right way. We have a week or so and then we will play India and Australia, we are hoping to continue the momentum.

Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afghanistan Captain: Yeah, very disappointed because at this level you have to take those kind of catches. End of the day those catches hurt us otherwise team was doing well but the fielding made us feel a little bit down. Last six overs, a lot of runs (were made) by New Zealand, before that we dropped two catches before 40th over and the set batters were there, that's why we couldn't stop them but everything went their way. Yeah, the toss I can say...we couldn't judge properly the pitch. I think in the first innings, it was spinning and was a bit slow, we have bowled well but the fielding was not good. (on next match) tonight game will hurt us but we still have more games to come, next match is against Pakistan. We will go back and discuss where we can improve and will try to come back stronger.

Glenn Phillips, Player of the Match: Afghanistan spinners are incredibly talented. We did lose a couple of wickets early in the middle there, and just the way we went about was really pleasing to see. It was great how we were able to take it till the end and I think we understood what we could possibly get in last 10 overs. Was amazing how Chapman and Santner finished it. I thought 250 was par. We are in an environment where we keep working for each other and play as a teach. Latham was really good towards the end.

The points table is being fixed.

This has been a meek surrender from Afghanistan, and their decision to win the toss and field first didn't go according to plan. They were lacklustre in the fielding department and shelled too many catches and New Zealand feasted on those errors as expected. Afghanistan folded on 139 with Rahmat emerging as their top-scorer. Ferguson and Santner picked up three wickets each, while Boult snapped up two wickets. It's been a thoroughly professional and clinical display from New Zealand who remain unbeaten. Despite losing early wickets, New Zealand showed they had enough in their tank to get back on track, and they went on to put up a respectable total of 288, which proved to be more than enough to ruffle Afghanistan

RJ14: "Afghanistan should have opted for batting first. Put 250 on the board and Afghanistan could have been in the game. They should have at least learn from England's mistake against them. If England also opted to bat first against AFG so they could have easily win the game."

Donald Alexande: "What an awful, dare I say irresponsible, capitulation. No thought of net run rate there"

Zain: "There can be a possibility that NZ can also not make to top 4, all coming matches are against big guys, India, Pakistan, Australia, South Africa and Srilanka."

Naveed: "M. Nawaz should be watching Santnar carefully, on how to get middle over wickets."

sahid: "why they choose bat first, they should keep momentum from the last match. simple bat first and give the decant total for their bowler specially in Chennai condition. "

Manu Ajmani: "All the comments have mostly been centered towards a hope for Afghanistan's victory but keep in mind New Zealand has been very clinical here in all departments in this match and the 3 matches prior to today. It is still too early to predict but India vs New Zealand could be a fantastic final with Dhoni in the stands :)"

Arif: "@Rvel How lucky you are!! Just did commentary for 7 balls and you will have rest now. You didn't have expected that." I didn't even get warmed up properly and the game is already over!

34.4
W
Santner to Fazalhaq Farooqi, OUT

Santner delivers the coup de grace! Tossed up on a length, keeping it nice and straight, getting a hint of turn, he doesn't account for the turn and plays an ugly hoick across the line, gets a thick outside edge and Mitchell gobbles it up sharply at first slip as New Zealand register an emphatic 149-run win over Afghanistan! This has been a disappointing show with the bat while New Zealand bowlers proved too hot to handle and broke partnerships at regular intervals

Fazalhaq Farooqi c Mitchell b Santner 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 1m) SR: 0

Walt: "Afghanistan's fielding was woeful. Of course, it's all speculation as to how much damage it did, but I think that had the catches been held, then NZ might have only mustered 200 or so - a much more forgiving chase, and one that Afghanistan could've been very circumspect and conservative about with their chase."

34.3
Santner to Fazalhaq Farooqi, no run

Glides it down to point with minimal fuss

34.2
W
Santner to Naveen-ul-Haq, OUT

Afghanistan lose another as Naveen tries an adventurous reverse sweep and finds Chapman inside the ring who pockets the catch gleefully. Afghanistan are spiralling now and the resistance is melting away quickly like an ice-cream in blistering heat

Naveen-ul-Haq c Chapman b Santner 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 1m) SR: 0
34.1
1
Santner to Ikram, 1 run

Tossed up on a length outside off, lunges forward, brings the broom out and plays a big yawning sweep to backward square

end of over 344 runs • 2 wickets
AFG: 138/8CRR: 4.05 RRR: 9.43 • Need 151 from 96b
Ikram Alikhil18 (20b 3x4)
Lockie Ferguson 7-1-19-3
Mitchell Santner 7-0-38-1
33.6
W
Ferguson to Mujeeb, OUT

Another breakthrough! Hurls down a nasty bouncer and follows him up as he shimmies down leg, he looks away and goes fishing at it, ball stays up for an eternity high into the night sky and then settles in the cozy, secure, big bucket hands of Will Young at deep fine leg

Mujeeb Ur Rahman c Young b Ferguson 4 (3b 1x4 0x6 2m) SR: 133.33
LH Ferguson
Lockie Ferguson vs AFG in ODIs
INNS
2
WKTS
7
ECON
3.46
AVE
8.00
33.5
Ferguson to Mujeeb, no run

Fraction short and wide, slapped on the up to cover, can't find a gap

33.4
4
Ferguson to Mujeeb, FOUR runs

Whoa! That's clubbed right out of the meat of the bat. Great sound. Gives himself room, clears front leg and pumps it down to midwicket fence

Thank you, Ashish. Looks like we might not get a thriller, but there is still plenty to play for. A loss is not the worst possible result and taking care of that net run rate is important in the round-robin format where every team plays each other once. Even though the target is not that colossal, Afghanistan have found it tough to keep the asking rate in check. There was still a glimmer of hope when seasoned campaigner Mohammad Nabi was on the crease. Having said that, they should try to take the game deep and fight till the end.

Props to New Zealand's bowlers though who have stuck to their guns, been very tidy tonight, and bowled supremely well. Where do you think Afghanistan got it wrong today?

Here's Rvel

33.3
W
Ferguson to Rashid Khan, OUT

Another one bites the dust. Fuller on rather just outside leg stump. Rashid clears his front leg and was looking to whack it over. Skews it of the outside edge of the bat as the ball spoons straight up. Mitchell sprints back from cover and completes a simple catch

Rashid Khan c Mitchell b Ferguson 8 (13b 0x4 1x6 10m) SR: 61.53
33.2
Ferguson to Rashid Khan, no run

Banged in short just outside off. He ducks rather just keeps is head down as the ball fizzes through to the keeper

33.1
Ferguson to Rashid Khan, no run

Eyes a cross-batted wild heave, but makes no connection. On a length outside off. He can only connect at thin air

end of over 338 runs
AFG: 134/6CRR: 4.06 RRR: 9.11 • Need 155 from 17 overs
Rashid Khan8 (10b 1x6)
Ikram Alikhil18 (20b 3x4)
Mitchell Santner 7-0-38-1
Lockie Ferguson 6-1-15-1
32.6
1
Santner to Rashid Khan, 1 run

Charges down again as Santner gets the length ball outside off. Whips it to deep cover

32.5
Santner to Rashid Khan, no run

Slows this down and hangs the length back to turn it sharply past Rashid's outside edge

32.4
6
Santner to Rashid Khan, SIX runs

That's how you play Santner. Tossed up on off stump. Rashid backs away, jumps down the track and tonks him straight over the bowler's head

32.3
1
Santner to Ikram, 1 run

Brings out the reverse sweep now. Full-length ball on off stump. He cracks it but straight to deep point all along the carpet

32.2
Santner to Ikram, no run

Hangs it slower just on off stump, Alikhil works it to midwicket. No run there

32.1
Santner to Ikram, no run

Fuller and slower on off stump, pushed back to the bowler

end of over 32Maiden
AFG: 126/6CRR: 3.93 RRR: 9.05 • Need 163 from 18 overs
Rashid Khan1 (7b)
Ikram Alikhil17 (17b 3x4)
Lockie Ferguson 6-1-15-1
Mitchell Santner 6-0-30-1

Salman nazir: "For the first time my comment gets published on Cricinfo about someone and that batsman gets out in the next over. Ok i jinxed it -_-" :D

31.6
Ferguson to Rashid Khan, no run

Another quick length ball on off, he pushes to covers. Maiden over.

31.5
Ferguson to Rashid Khan, no run

Pacy 138kph back of a length on leg stump. Rashid just about fends at it to the on side

31.4
Ferguson to Rashid Khan, no run

On a length, 140.8kph on the pads of Rashid who tucks it to midwicket

Around the wicket

31.3
Ferguson to Rashid Khan, no run

Length angling back into Rashid. He bunts it to the on side

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
GD Phillips
71 runs (80)
4 fours4 sixes
Productive shot
pull
22 runs
1 four2 sixes
Control
83%
TWM Latham
68 runs (74)
3 fours2 sixes
Productive shot
flick
10 runs
0 four0 six
Control
77%
Best performances - bowlers
LH Ferguson
O
7
M
1
R
19
W
3
ECO
2.71
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
MJ Santner
O
7.4
M
0
R
39
W
3
ECO
5.08
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai
TossAfghanistan, elected to field first
Series
Season2023/24
Player Of The Match
Match numberODI no. 4673
Hours of play (local time)14.00 start, First Session 14.00-17.30, Interval 17.30-18.00, Second Session 18.00-21.30
Match days18 October 2023 - daynight (50-over match)
Umpires
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
PointsNew Zealand 2, Afghanistan 0
Language
English
Win Probability
NZ 100%
NZAFG
100%50%100%NZ InningsAFG Innings

Over 35 • AFG 139/10

Naveen-ul-Haq c Chapman b Santner 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 1m) SR: 0
W
Fazalhaq Farooqi c Mitchell b Santner 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 1m) SR: 0
W
New Zealand won by 149 runs
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ICC Cricket World Cup

TEAMMWLPTNRR
IND990182.570
SA972141.261
AUS972140.841
NZ954100.743
PAK9458-0.199
AFG9458-0.336
ENG9366-0.572
BAN9274-1.087
SL9274-1.419
NED9274-1.825