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World Cup 2023: New Zealand proceed excellent run with comfy 149-run win in opposition to Afghanistan

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2019 finalists New Zealand continued their excellent begin to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 by defeating Afghanistan by 149 runs on the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai. The Kiwis survived an early scare to register their fourth win within the event to go prime of the factors desk.

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Afghanistan, who defeated defending champions England of their earlier match to register simply their second win within the historical past of ODI World Cups, fell quick in opposition to New Zealand on a tough batting observe in Chennai.

After getting off to a cushty begin, the Kiwis misplaced three wickets in fast succession to be left reeling at 110 for 4. Following Devon Conway’s early dismissal, Rachin Ravindra and Will Young shaped a 79-run stand earlier than Azmatullah Omarzai struck to dismiss each of them within the twenty first over.


Daryll Mitchell couldn’t transfer the scoreboard a lot, being dismissed by Rashid Khan within the very subsequent over. However, New Zealand didn’t crumble with skipper Tom Latham and Glenn Phillips stitching an important 144-run stand for the fifth wicket.

Both batters went on to attain half-centuries as they took the assault to the Afghans. Phillips departed after scoring 71 runs off 80 balls, whereas Latham chipped in with a 74-ball 68.

Mark Chapman performed a cameo of 25 runs off 12 deliveries in the direction of the top to information New Zealand to a preventing complete of 288 for six. Naveen ul-Haq was the choose of the Afghan bowlers, claiming two wickets whereas freely giving 48 runs in 8 overs.


In reply, New Zealand by no means let Afghanistan settle of their 289-run chase. Matt Henry supplied the all-important wicket of Rahmanullah Gurbaz to peg Afghanistan again early on. Ibrahim Zadran and Hashmatullah Shahidi departed after being dismissed by Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson respectively.

Mitchell Santner took a possible catch of the event to eliminate the Afghanistan captain within the 14th over. Omarzai and Rahmat Shah shaped a 54-run stand earlier than Boult struck once more to dismiss Omarzai. Then Ravindra joined the occasion to say the wicket of Shah after scoring 36 runs off 62 balls.

Santner then cleaned up Mohammed Nabi to change into simply the second New Zealand spinner to say 100 ODI wickets after the legendary Daniel Vettori. Ferguson and Santner went on work on Afghanistan’s tail and bundled them over for 139 runs in 34.4 overs, successful the sport by 149 runs.

The win takes New Zealand to the highest of the factors desk with 4 wins out of 4 matches, and a web run-rate of +1.923.

Edited By:

Rounaq Sehrawat

Published On:

Oct 18, 2023