Wednesday in this location, a committed New Zealand beat Afghanistan by 149 runs to earn its fourth consecutive victory at the World Cup. The Kiwis reduced Afghanistan to 288 for 6 after relying on fifty-four from Will Young (54), Tom Latham (68), and Glenn Phillips (71) before bowling them out for 139 in 34.4 overs. With the exception of Rahmat Shah (36), Afghanistan could not replicate its exploits against well-organized New Zealand despite defeating the reigning champions, England.
Mitchell Santner, a left-arm spinner, and Lockie Ferguson, a pacemaker, each claimed three wickets. Rashid Khan and Azmatullah Omarzai took consecutive wickets to disrupt the New Zealand batting. Rachin Ravindra, Will Young, and Daryl Mitchell have returned to the pavilion, while Glenn Phillips and New Zealand captain Tom Latham attempt to stabilize the innings at the crease.
New Zealand beat Afghanistan by 149 runs | World Cup 2023
Will Young and Devon Conway began for New Zealand with prudence, but they targeted Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman. However, Mujeeb Ur Rahman quickly recovered and left Devon Conway to deliver New Zealand its initial shockwave.
This encounter serves as more than a mere fixture; it puts both teams to the test. New Zealand sustains its winning streak while maintaining the esteemed position of second place in the standings. In contrast, Afghanistan is motivated to sustain its recently acquired momentum by advancing its position on the hierarchy.