That's it then! New Zealand finally win and superb stuff from Kane Williamson. This will certainly help their run rate as well. New Zealand win this one by seven wickets, with special effort by Jimmy Neesham, captain Kane Williamson and Lockie Ferguson! They next face India on Thursday!
Kane Wiliiamson is suddenly starting to hit them really sweetly here! This time through the onside as he just picks the ball off his pads and hits it towards mid-wicket for a boundary. NZ moving closer to victory here
5️⃣ 0️⃣ up for #KaneWilliamson and it comes off 77 balls.— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 8, 2019
This is the right-hander's third 40-plus score in as many ODI innings, and his second half-century.
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Aftab certainly asking a few questions of the New Zealand batsmen. But the Afghanistan fielding really needs to do some catching up if they are to compete against the big dogs!
STAT ATTACK: The 89-run stand between Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson is the highest 3rd wicket partnership against AFG and the 6th highest partnership overall in WC:
Latham gets off the mark with an exquisite shot. Straight down the ground and that helps him pick a four. New Zealand might look to finish this in a hurry here as they improve their run rate. NZ are 134/3 after 26 overs
WICKET! Aftab gets the third wicket here, its the slower one and it has completely deceived Taylor here. It goes on to rattle the off-stump and Taylor misses out on a deserved half-century here. Departs for 48 and NZ are 130/3 after 25.4 overs.
SIX! That has gone all the way! First biggie of the innings! Taylor may have decided to attack the offie. He shuffles across and goes with the turn. Connects well and it goes over the mid-wicket fence. NEW BALLS PLEASE! That has gone out of the stadium.
Long hop from Rahmat Shah and its hit perfectly behind square leg for a boundary. Williamson hit that in style! New Zealand continue to inch closer to victory here. They are now 113/2 after 24 overs
FOUR! Taylor gets another boundary, another outside edge and it goes flying over the wicketkeeper for a boundary. New Zealand have crossed 100 here and they are really comfortable at the moment. Score moves to 107/2 after 23 overs
Fifty partnership between Taylor and Williamson:
25th fifty+ partnership between the pair in ODIs for the 3rd wicket.
21st fifty+ partnership for the 3rd wicket for NZ in World Cup.
Williamson slaps one past mid on for a boundary. New Zealand starting to move up the gears as they come closer to the target. New Zealand in sight of victory and are half way their!
Rather ordinary fielding by Hamid there as the ball goes through him and he is too slow to get down! The Afghanistan fielding standards certainly need to improve here. New Zealand are now 81/2 after 18 overs
Runs coming in singles and doubles at the moment for New Zealand. As commentators say, things almost happening in slow motion for the Blackcaps at the moment! They won't mind as long as they can cross the finish line
Rahmat Shah now concedes 4 runs in the over. Taylor picking a streaky boundary through the vacant slip region. Slowly but surely New Zealand taking control in chase here. They are now 71/2 after 16 overs
New Zealand are well on top, but Mohammad Nabi is a bowler who could get Afghanistan back into it. No finger spinner has taken more wickets since the last World Cup than him. #CWC19 #AfgvNZ pic.twitter.com/1QMb2RSxlX— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) June 8, 2019
Almost another wicket here! Some confusion between Williamson and Taylor, in the end its an ordinary throw which saves Williamson. It was high and the keeper had to collect it way above the stumps, that what saves the Kiwi captain in the end. NZ are 64/2 after 14 overs
Williamson and Taylor certainly having a steady influence for New Zealand. They might not be scoring at a rapid pace here, but have certainly kept their team in the hunt. NZ are currently 61/2 after 13 overs
A maiden from Naib here, Afghanistan are still not out of this game so far. If they can take a couple of wickets here, then they are well and truly in the game here. New Zealad are 52/2 after 11 overs
Absolutely smashed from Taylor, he gets on top of the bounce and just dispatches the ball away for a boundary. Fantastic shot that and it allows him to pick an easy boundary. NZ are now 52/2
Horrendous review that, Gulbadin using his powers as a captain and costing his team a review. Loud appeal as Williamson misses a drive,umpire shakes his head but Gulbadin straightaway opts for a review, without even consulting the keeper! Replays show no edge. NZ are 46/2 after 9 overs
JUST IN: Rashid Khan will take no further part in the game today.— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 8, 2019
He has been pulled out as a precaution after being hit on his head while batting.
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WICKET! Aftab gets the breakthrough, this time its Colin Munro who has to walk back. Cant control that shot and the ball goes flying down to third man where Hamid Hassan takes a sharp catch. Afghans showing fight here. New Zealand are now 41/2
Punched off the backfoot and the ball goes away for a boundary. Fine shot by Kane Williamson to end that over, Afghanistan are leaking boundaries here. New Zealand extremely comfortable in chase and they are now 39/1
New Zealand started off with a hiccup as Alam dismissed Guptill off the very first ball. #KaneWilliamson and Colin Munro, however, have steadied the ship for now. 🇳🇿 are 34/1 after 6 overs.— ICC (@ICC) June 8, 2019
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Inside edge and it goes for a boundary! Fortunate runs for Kane Williamson here as it goes for a boundary. New Zealand are currently comfortable in chase despite losing early wicket here
New Zealand getting the boundaries quite easily here, Munro again hits one through the off-side to pick up four runs. Even after losing a wicket first ball here, New Zealand are managing to score at above 6 runs per over! They are now 26/1 after 4 overs
Williamson certainly playing the steady hand here even as Munro continues to go for his shots here. The left-hander getting a boundary in the over there as NZ pick six runs. They are now 20/1 after 3 overs
Hamid Hassan with a good over, he is bowling extremely tight line & length here. Concedes just 2 runs from the over, and New Zealand move to 14/1 after 2 overs.
This is where Afghanistan need to learn quickly, after a first ball wicket, some loose fielding allows Williamson to get away and then Munro hits a couple of boundaries. Despite a bad start, New Zealand are 12/1 after the 1st over!
Afghanistan vs New Zealand (AFG vs NZ) Live Score, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Latest Updates: That’s it then! New Zealand finally win and superb stuff from Kane Williamson. This will certainly help their run rate as well. New Zealand win this one by seven wickets, with special effort by Jimmy Neesham, captain Kane Williamson and Lockie Ferguson! They next face India on Thursday!
Afghanistan vs New Zealand in the ICC World Cup 2019 on June 8 (Saturday) will be broadcast on the Star Sports network and Live streaming will be available on Hotstar. The match will be played at The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton and will begin at 1800 HRS IST. (AFG vs NZ Live).
PREVIEW: Afghanistan will look to improve drastically on their showings in the ICC World Cup 2019 when they take on an unbeaten New Zealand side at Taunton on Saturday (June 8).
After their first two games, the Kane Williamson-led side are at the top of the standings over Australia on net run rate (NRR) thanks to them registering two consecutive yet contrasting victories.
They beat Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in their opening game before getting a narrow two-wicket victory against Bangladesh on Wednesday at The Oval in London.
Meanwhile, Gulbadin Naib’s side enter the match having been on the wrong end of a seven-wicket thrashing against Australia in Bristol before they were bowled out for 152 inside 33 overs chasing a victory target of 202 against Sri Lanka in Cardiff.
The two sides have faced each other only once in a match that took place during the 2015 World Cup at Napier. New Zealand won that match by six wickets.
For the Kiwis, the main focus will be on avoiding another collapse like the one they suffered against Bangladesh. In general, the team has been firing at some level on all cylinders.
Afghanistan will need to score more runs than they have so far. However, they will have to do that without the services of Mohammad Shahzad after the wicketkeeper was ruled out of the tournament with an injury.
They will depend heavily on the spin trio of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi to take regular wickets against an opposition that hasn’t played against them much.
Last Five ODIs
Afghanistan’s only two previous wins in their last five matches came against Ireland and Scotland before the tournament. They will need to completely overhaul their form in order to get the better of New Zealand.
New Zealand: WWWWW
The Kiwis have been in fine form lately, having won all of their previous five games – four of which, incidentally, were against Bangladesh. They haven’t yet been as destructive as they can be as a unit but have done more than enough to finish off games.
Players to Watch Out For
Matt Henry: The New Zealand pacer picked up four wickets against Bangladesh and is currently the tournament’s leading wicket-taker with seven wickets. He has taken a total of 14 wickets in his last 5 ODIs and will hope to continue his recent run of form.
Mohammad Nabi: The veteran off-spinner has been Afghanistan’s best performer with the ball thus far, taking 4-30 in their loss to Sri Lanka. His ability to bowl well in the Powerplays might help the Afghans get early wickets up front.
Afghanistan: Shahzad’s injury means Afghanistan have brought in 18-year old Ali Khil as his replacement.
New Zealand: The Kiwis have no injury concerns ahead of their third game.
Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (C), Ali Khil (wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb ur Rahman.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (capt), Tom Blundell (wk), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.