Afghanistan and New Zealand locked horns in the 16th match of the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Wednesday. The Afghan skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi won the toss and asked the Kiwis to bat first on the spin-favouring surface of Chennai.
Batting first, the top middle-order of New Zealand fumbled and they lost 4 wickets on the score of 110 runs from the score of 109 runs for the loss of one wicket. But then came the brilliant partnership between skipper Tom Latham and star middle-order batter Glenn Philips. The duo stitched an amazing 144-run stand for the fifth wicket.
Tom Latham and Glenn Phillips guide New Zealand to big total
Tom Latham scored 68 runs followed by typical ODI innings from Glenn Phillips, scoring 71 runs off 80 balls, with 4 fours and 4 sixes with the willow.
On the back of these knocks following a half-century of 54 runs, scored by opener Will Young, the Blackcaps posted a very good total of 288 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in the allotted 50 overs. Naveen-ul-and Azmatullah Omarzai scalped two wickets each, alongside one wicket each claimed by Mujeeb ur Rahman and Rashid Khan.
While chasing the target, the Afghanistan batters couldn’t survive against the New Zealand bowling attack, it was only the number three batter Rahmat Shah who scored 36 runs for his side; other than him, Azmatullah was the second batter to cross the individual mark of 20+ runs, scoring 27 runs, with two fours.
The New Zealand bowling attack led by the spin-pace duo Mitchell Santner and Lockie Ferguson bundled out Afghanistan on the score of 139 runs in 34.4 overs. Santner and Ferguson picked 3 wickets each for New Zealand, alongside 2 wickets claimed by star pace spearhead Trent Boult.
Other than these, Matt Henry and Rachin Ravindra also bagged one wicket each. Eventually, New Zealand won the match by a massive margin of 149 runs to stay unbeaten after playing four matches in the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023.
Here’s how fans reacted to New Zealand’s mammoth win over Afghanistan:
4/4 for New Zealand 🔥— Melon Husk (@veinomouzz) October 18, 2023
On the verge to become semi finalists 👏#AFGvNZ
As expected, Afghani batting crumbles while chasing. NZ middle order looks solid even without KW. Bowling is excellent. I can already imagine them in the Finals.#ICCWorldCup2023 #AFGvNZ https://t.co/ewnBlcyMHI— ________ (@N_kryptor) October 18, 2023
- Beat ENG by 9 wickets.— CricTime (@CricketFanaticX) October 18, 2023
- Beat NED by 99 runs.
- Beat BAN by 8 wickets.
- Beat AFG by 149 runs.
New Zealand makes it 4 wins in 4 matches in World Cup - Kiwis continues their domination in World Cup 2023.#NZvsAFG | #AFGvsNZ | #AFGvNZ #CWC23INDIA | #WorldCup2023 pic.twitter.com/KjoNISSkgT
#Afghanistan 🇦🇫 lose by 149 runs, 18/5 at one point. Bowled when they should have batted; dropped when they should have caught; defended when they should have hit; hit when they should have defended. After the Lord Mayor’s Show…Minnow Mentality @melindafarrell #AFGvNZ #cwc23— Jon Hayes (@jonboy_avfc) October 18, 2023
What an incredible Win for NEWZEALAND.— Imran Ghani (@the_imran89) October 18, 2023
Finishes AFGHANISTAN innings only 139.
Table topper now.
MITCHELL SANTNER what a cricketer he is fabulous in fielding master class bowling.#AFGvNZ#NZvsAFG#CWC23INDIA#ICCWorldCup pic.twitter.com/DmYn5vKyZ0