Cricket World Cup: New Zealand Thumps Afghanistan By 149 Runs

Cricket World Cup: New Zealand Thumps Afghanistan By 149 Runs

New Zealand secured a huge victory (288/6) against Afghanistan (139/9), their fourth win at the 2023 Cricket World Cup. 

With fifties from Will Young (54), Tom Latham (68), and Glenn Phillips (71), the Kiwis made 288 for 6 in just 34.4 overs. 

Afghanistan, who had defeated champions England, had only one player above thirty, Rahmat Shah (36). 

Pacer Lockie Ferguson and left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner took three wickets each. Azmatullah Omarzai and Rashid Khan got back-to-back wickets.

They played the match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai with New Zealand in 2nd position behind India and Afghanistan in 6th. 

New Zealand was without Kane Williamson who did not play in the match due to a thumb injury.

Afghanistan were down to 43 for 3 by the 14th over, with skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi (8) being the third man to be dismissed.

New Zealand Final XI

Devon Conway, Will Young, Rachin Ravindra, Tom Latham (capt, wk), Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Mark Henry, Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult.

Afghanistan Final XI

Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (C), Azmatullah Omarzai, Ikram Alikhil, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq and Fazalhaq Farooqi.

The Black Caps are unbeaten in the tournament, displaying India in the first position.