New Zealand beat Afghanistan by seven wickets and with 107 deliveries remaining in the 13th match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at County Ground, Taunton. This was New Zealand's third consecutive victory and Afghanistan's third straight loss in the World Cup. New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bowl first. Afghanistan got off to a good start thanks to openers Hazratullah Zazai and Noor Ali Zadran, adding 66 for the first wicket. However, the New Zealand bowlers made a quick comeback as they removed both the openers. Afghan's batting star Rahmat Shah got out for a duck and that was the beginning of a collapse. Afghanistan vs New Zealand, Highlights of ICC World Cup 2019 Match: NZ Beat AFG by Seven Wickets.
The Afghanistan middle order collapsed in a dramatic fashion, as Lockie Ferguson and Jimmy Neesham wrecked havoc on the middle order, taking 9 wickets among themselves. After the openers and except Hashmatullah Shahidi (59) and Aftab Alam (14), no other batsman managed to reach the double figure mark as Afghanistan were bowled out for 172. Afghanistan vs New Zealand Highlights And Cricket Score - 13th ODI match - Full Scorecard.
Here's What Twitter Has to Say About the AFG vs NZ Match
— yousaf saleem (@YousafSaleem7) June 8, 2019
Mohammad Shahzad's Injury Became a Topic of Discussion
The leading scorer of @ACBofficials openner @MShahzad077 who has been ruled out of mega event @cricketworldcup due to reported knee injury is on his way back to Afghanistan & will arrived tomorrow afternoon to Kabul.#CWC19 #AFGvNZ #AfghanAtalan pic.twitter.com/tjSUP2AyIA
— M.ibrahim Momand (@IbrahimReporter) June 8, 2019
Praise For Jimmy Neesham Who Picked 5 Wickets
— Muhammad Noman (@Nomancricket29) June 8, 2019
Rashid Khan Was Hit By a Nasty Bouncer on the Head
JUST IN: Rashid Khan will take no further part in the game today.
He has been pulled out as a precaution after being hit on his head while batting.
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 8, 2019
Coming out to chase 173, New Zealand reached the target in 32.1 overs, and seven wickets in hand. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson scored 79 not out and along with Ross Taylor (48), helped New Zealand get across the line. New Zealand will next play India on June 13, Nottingham.