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Highlights, Afghanistan vs New Zealand, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Match, Full Cricket Score: Williamson guides Kiwis to 7-wicket win

Date: Sunday, 09 June, 2019 01:07 IST

Venue: The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton

Match Ended

New Zealand beat Afghanistan by 7 wickets

172/10 OV : (41.1) RR.(4.18)
173/3 OV : (32.1) RR.(5.39)
Match Ended:

New Zealand beat Afghanistan by 7 wickets

Man Of the Match:

This over 32.1

  • 1


Kane Williamson (C)

  • 79 (99)
  • 4s X 9
  • 6s X 0

Tom Latham (W)

  • 13 (18)
  • 4s X 1
  • 6s X 0


Aftab Alam

  • 45 (8.1)
  • M X 0
  • W X 3

Hamid Hassan

  • 30 (7)
  • M X 0
  • W X 0
Current Partnership Last Wicket

43 ( 6.3 ) R/R: 6.61

Kane Williamson 28(21)

Tom Latham 13(18)

130/3 (25.4 over)

Ross Taylor 48 (52) SR: S.R (92.31)

b Aftab Alam

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Match 13 Match Result New Zealand beat Afghanistan by 7 wickets

Highlights, Afghanistan vs New Zealand, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Match, Full Cricket Score: Williamson guides Kiwis to 7-wicket win


01:07 (IST)

Another game in the ongoing World Cup done and dusted, with New Zealand going 3-0 up with their comprehensive victory over Afghanistan at Taunton. The Black Caps entered the tournament as the dark horses alongside West Indies, but now find themselves on top of the table with six points to their credit. Afghanistan, on the other hand, fell short yet again, this time missing the services of their star spinner Rashid Khan, and will have a lot to ponder over in their next team meeting.

Time to shift our focus to India’s second outing of the World Cup, this time going up against the Aaron Finch-led defending champions at The Oval. Can’t wait to find out how that contest between the two heavyweights rolls out. With that in mind, it’s time for us at Firstpost Sports to head back home and get some rest before the big game. For now, we bid you all good night!

01:03 (IST)

Kane Williamson, NZ Captain: Outstanding effort from us. They (Afghanistan) got to very good start. We stuck to our plans and build up pressure in the middle overs. We told him (Ferguson) to bowl fast. He has been brilliant for us. 

01:01 (IST)

Gulbadin Naib, Afghanistan skipper: We started really well. We didn't take responsibility. Some of us missed length balls and threw our wickets away. Credit goes to the New Zealand bowlers. We are not playing according to the plan, especially the batsmen. We need to go on for 50 overs and stay on the wicket. We started well, Aftab and Hamid. Also, the wicket wasn't supporting the fast bowlers, so we missed out on Rashid's services. I think we need a little more in the middle. We missed out some boundaries. We still have a long way to go. This is the high level of cricket. 

00:58 (IST)

Jimmy Neesham is Man of the Match for taking 5 for 31

NeeshamVery pleased with my performance. Afghanistan put us under pressure very early with the bat, but we knew we had the ability to dent them even after the start they got.

00:50 (IST)

After 32.1 overs,New Zealand 173/3 ( Kane Williamson (C) 79 , Tom Latham (W) 13)

NEW ZEALAND WIN! Kane Williamson fittingly collects the winning single with a pull behind square! As comprehensive a win as it can get for the Black Caps, with seven wickets and a little under 18 overs left!

00:49 (IST)

After 32 overs,New Zealand 172/3 ( Kane Williamson (C) 78 , Tom Latham (W) 13)

Single collected off each off the first four deliveries, levelling the scores, followed by a dot off each of the last two deliveries. New Zealand need just one more run to collect their third win in as many games. 

00:45 (IST)

After 31 overs,New Zealand 168/3 ( Kane Williamson (C) 77 , Tom Latham (W) 11)

Williamson and Latham are doing it in singles at the moment, with six of them coming off this over. NZ need five to win now. Just one hit over the boundary should do it. 

00:41 (IST)

After 30 overs,New Zealand 162/3 ( Kane Williamson (C) 74 , Tom Latham (W) 8)

Hamid Hassan is brought back into the attack. Williamson collects a boundary off the first ball, flicking it through the midwicket region. Williamson then dispatches what is the 20000th delivery he has faced in his international career through square leg for a single. Seven off the over. NZ need 11 to win from 20 overs. 

00:38 (IST)

FOUR! Williamson dispatches the full delivery from Hassan through the midwicket region for a four! The boundaries are suddenly flowing for the NZ skipper, who's batting in the 70s right now. NZ 159/3

00:37 (IST)

After 29 overs,New Zealand 155/3 ( Kane Williamson (C) 68 , Tom Latham (W) 8)

Big over for New Zealand, with 12 runs coming off it, including back-to-back fours to Williamson, both going through the cover region. The Black Caps are nearly home now. NZ need 18 to win from 21 overs. 

00:36 (IST)

FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries through the same region, this time hit on the front foot by the captain! NZ 154/3

00:36 (IST)

FOUR! Wide outside off, Williamson smacks this freebie through the cover region! Brings up the 150 for the Black Caps. NZ 150/3

00:33 (IST)

After 28 overs,New Zealand 143/3 ( Kane Williamson (C) 58 , Tom Latham (W) 6)

Williamson sets off for a quick single off the second delivery. Appeal for lbw against Latham in the fourth delivery, one that is turned down and probably was pitching outside leg. Latham collects a single off the fifth ball. Just two off Alam's seventh over. NZ need 30 to win from 22 overs. 

00:29 (IST)

Ross Taylor getting out in the 40s is very unusual. The last time he got out between 40 and 50 was in the Champions Trophy in 2017.

Since then he's scored 50 or more 15 times. 

Michael Wagener, Freelance Cricket Writer
00:29 (IST)
00:29 (IST)

After 27 overs,New Zealand 141/3 ( Kane Williamson (C) 57 , Tom Latham (W) 5)

Naib returns to the attack in the 27th over, conceding seven off this one, including a couple of doubles to Williamson. NZ need 32 to win from 23 overs. 

00:25 (IST)

After 26 overs,New Zealand 134/3 ( Kane Williamson (C) 51 , Tom Latham (W) 4)

Single collected off each of the first two balls. Taylor collects a boundary off the third delivery, one that is a result of a misfield by Zazai at fine leg. The Afghans then celebrate after the dismissal of Ross Taylor, who misses a low full toss from the pacer. Latham walks out to bat, and gets off the mark with a boundary off his second delivery. 10 runs and a wicket from the over. NZ need 39 to win from 24 overs. 

00:24 (IST)

FOUR! Nice way to get off the mark, Latham just pushing at a full toss down the ground. NZ 134/3

00:23 (IST)

OUT! Alam finally breaks the stand, with Taylor missing a low full toss from the pacer that goes on to hit the base of his off stump. Some respite for the Afghans, although they'll need a flurry of wickets from here, including that of the set captain, if they are to turn the game on its head. NZ 130/3

Taylor b Alam 48(52)

00:21 (IST)

FOUR! Taylor collects another boundary for himself, this one being the result of a misfield by the fielder at deep backward square. Alam's not happy with that at all! NZ 130/2

00:20 (IST)

After 25 overs,New Zealand 124/2 ( Kane Williamson (C) 50 , Ross Taylor 43)

Taylor collects a six off the first delivery, the ball landing on the roof of the building beyond the midwicket fence, which requires a change of ball. Three singles collected off the next five deliveries, with Williamson collecting a brace off the last ball, bringing up his 38th ODI fifty in the process. 11 off the over, with NZ needing another 49 to win at the halfway stage in their innings. Looks like the veteran pair have decided to press the accelerator now with a handful of runs left to chase down. 

00:19 (IST)

Fifty up for Kane Williamson, collecting a double off the last delivery of the 25th over to bring up the milestone! His 38th in ODI cricket, and one that has helped steady the New Zealand innings alongside the veteran Ross Taylor after the dismissal of the openers. 

00:16 (IST)

SIX! Taylor crouches low, and smashes the ball onto the roof of the building beyond the midwicket fence! NZ 119/2

00:14 (IST)

After 24 overs,New Zealand 113/2 ( Kane Williamson (C) 47 , Ross Taylor 35)

Rahmat collects three dots, conceding back-to-back singles, followed by a boundary to Williamson off the last delivery of the over. NZ need 60 to win from 26 overs. 

00:13 (IST)

FOUR! Kane Williamson gets down on one knee, and sweeps the ball behind square on the leg side for a boundary. NZ 113/2

00:11 (IST)

After 23 overs,New Zealand 107/2 ( Kane Williamson (C) 42 , Ross Taylor 34)

Six off the over, including a boundary to Taylor off the penultimate delivery, which is the result of a top edge that sends the ball flying high over the keeper. NZ need 66 to win from 27 overs. 

00:10 (IST)

FOUR! Taylor gets a thick outside edge that sends the ball flying over the leaping keeper. NZ 107/2

00:09 (IST)

After 22 overs,New Zealand 101/2 ( Kane Williamson (C) 41 , Ross Taylor 29)

Four singles collected off Rahmat's fourth over. Meanwhile the 100's up for the Black Caps in the 22nd over. NZ need 72 to win from 28 overs. 

00:05 (IST)

After 21 overs,New Zealand 97/2 ( Kane Williamson (C) 39 , Ross Taylor 27)

Kane Williamson brings up the fifty stand with a boundary through cover off the first delivery, which is also a no-ball. The NZ skipper though, collects only a single in the free hit. Eight off the over. NZ need 76 to win off 29 overs. 

00:01 (IST)

FOUR! Cut away through the cover region by Kane Williamson, which brings up the fifty stand between him and Taylor for the third wicket! What's worse for Afghanistan is that it's also a no ball. NZ 94/2

00:00 (IST)

After 20 overs,New Zealand 89/2 ( Kane Williamson (C) 33 , Ross Taylor 26)

Tidy over from Rahmat, with just one run coming off it. New Zealand, meanwhile, are cruising towards the target right now, with the required rate below three at the moment. Wickets the need of the hour for the Afghans. 

23:56 (IST)

Kane Williamson has really struggled to deal with the field that India used against him in the recent tour. 

By putting in a wide slip, captains are cutting off one of his favourite ways of accumulating runs. 

The result has been that his strike rate has really dropped. In his last two series his strike rate has been in the low 70's, and it's closer to 50 in this world cup so far. 

He will need to find an answer to that strategy soon. 

Michael Wagener, Freelance Cricket Writer
23:56 (IST)
23:56 (IST)

After 19 overs,New Zealand 88/2 ( Kane Williamson (C) 32 , Ross Taylor 26)

Taylor collects a single off the first delivery. Williamson charges down the track in the second delivery, pulling the ball towards the midwicket fence for a boundary. Another wide called for height in the delivery after the boundary. KW collects a single off the penultimate ball. Seven off the over. 

23:53 (IST)

FOUR! Kane Williamson charges down the track and pulls towards the deep midwicket fence. NZ 86/2

23:53 (IST)

After 18 overs,New Zealand 81/2 ( Kane Williamson (C) 27 , Ross Taylor 25)

Six off the over, including a boundary to Taylor off the fourth delivery in which the ball slips past Hamid Hassan at sweeper cover. Six off the over. 

23:51 (IST)

FOUR! Misfield by Hamid Hassan at sweeper cover, the ball then racing away to the boundary rope. NZ 80/2

23:49 (IST)

After 17 overs,New Zealand 75/2 ( Kane Williamson (C) 26 , Ross Taylor 20)

Four off Hamid's fifth over, including a wide off the second delivery that is called out for height. Taylor and Williamson, meanwhile, taking the easy approach at the moment. 

23:41 (IST)

After 16 overs,New Zealand 71/2 ( Kane Williamson (C) 24 , Ross Taylor 20)

Rahmat Shah gets a bowl in the 16th over, conceding a boundary off his first delivery, coming off an outside edge off Taylor's bat. Drinks brought out to the field now. 

23:39 (IST)

FOUR! Taylor edges the ball through the vacant slip region, the ball running past short third man and racing away to the fence. NZ 71/2

23:37 (IST)

After 15 overs,New Zealand 67/2 ( Kane Williamson (C) 24 , Ross Taylor 16)

Taylor collects a single off the second delivery. Williamson then guides the ball towards deep midwicket, where the sweeper has to put in some agile work to save a couple of runs for the fielding side. Three off the over. 

23:34 (IST)

After 14 overs,New Zealand 64/2 ( Kane Williamson (C) 22 , Ross Taylor 15)

Williamson narrowly escapes a run out in the last ball of the over after a mix-up with Taylor, making it to the striker's end in the last second. Three conceded by Nabi off his second over. 

23:32 (IST)

After 13 overs,New Zealand 61/2 ( Kane Williamson (C) 21 , Ross Taylor 13)

Five off Nabi's fourth over, including a boundary to Taylor off the third delivery, in which the veteran batsman smashes the ball behind point. 

23:28 (IST)

FOUR! Crunched behind point by Taylor off Naib! NZ 60/2

23:28 (IST)

After 12 overs,New Zealand 56/2 ( Kane Williamson (C) 21 , Ross Taylor 8)

Experienced spinner Mohammad Nabi is brought into the attack after the powerplay. Concedes a wide off the second delivery, which then is followed by three consecutive singles. Four off his first over.

23:23 (IST)

After 11 overs,New Zealand 52/2 ( Kane Williamson (C) 20 , Ross Taylor 6)

Naib walks away with a maiden at the end of his third over, with Kane Williamson opting to remain cautious and not showing any signs of impatience whatsoever. 

23:20 (IST)

After 10 overs,New Zealand 52/2 ( Kane Williamson (C) 20 , Ross Taylor 6)

Williamson splices a pull off the second delivery, the ball, luckily for him, landing out of mid on's reach. Taylor brings up the team fifty with a pull behind square on the leg side. Appeal for lbw against Taylor in the penultimate delivery, which ultimately gets turned down by the umpire. End of the first powerplay. 

23:17 (IST)

FOUR! Pulled away behind square on the leg side by Taylor, who collects his first boundary. Fifty up for the Black Caps with that shot! NZ 52/2

23:14 (IST)

After 9 overs,New Zealand 46/2 ( Kane Williamson (C) 19 , Ross Taylor 1)

Naib continues from the other end. Williamson collects a boundary off the second delivery, guiding the ball through the cover region. Afghanistan then lose a review after an unsuccessful appeal for caught-behind against KW, with Gulbadin Naib making the signal right away. Flatline on Ultra-Edge is all that they get. Five off the over. 

23:12 (IST)

Meanwhile, Rashid Khan will not take any further part in today's proceedings after failing a second concussion test, confirms on-air commentator Mark Nicholas. 

23:11 (IST)

FOUR! Steered through the off side by Kane Williamson, who's starting to get into the groove right now. NZ 46/2

23:09 (IST)

After 8 overs,New Zealand 41/2 ( Kane Williamson (C) 15 , Ross Taylor 0)

Aftab gets another breakthrough for the Afghans, this time ending the second-wicket stand between Munro and Williamson, with the former departing for 22 after holing out to third man. Taylor walks out to bat at 4. Two runs and a wicket from Alam's fourth over. 

Afghanistan vs New Zealand, LIVE Score, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Updates: NEW ZEALAND WIN! Kane Williamson fittingly collects the winning single with a pull behind square! As comprehensive a win as it can get for the Black Caps, with seven wickets and a little under 18 overs left!

Afghanistan vs New Zealand, LIVE Score, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Preview: Ross Taylor insists New Zealand are ready for a trial by spin against Afghanistan on Saturday as they look to keep their winning momentum going in the World Cup.

The Kiwis edged out Bangladesh by two wickets on Wednesday, with Taylor hitting 82 in his team's tense chase at the Oval to record their second straight win in as many matches.

New Zealand, who were finalists in the 2015 edition, have relied on their paceman to get favourable results, but Taylor believes tackling spin will be key against the Asian minnows at Taunton.

"I think against Afghanistan, they have a lot of spin there, so something to factor in," said Taylor, who has recorded three 40 plus scores in his last four ODI innings.

"But two from two, that was what we wanted to do and we were able to do it." While Taylor and skipper Kane Williamson got the runs during their 105-run partnership in London, it was their pace attack led by Matt Henry that ran through the Bangladesh batting.

Henry claimed four wickets to take his tally to seven in two games.

He is well supported by Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson, who can clock speeds up to 96 mph.

Taylor believes that Ferguson, with his express pace, is the key man for the Black Caps.

"Lockie, he just gives you that X-factor. Obviously our fastest bowler. He is going to be a key factor for us if we're going to feature in this tournament," said Taylor.

"I think he's creating pressure for the guy at the other end (to take wickets)," he added.

Ferguson's pace partner Henry said that Afghanistan are a "dangerous side" and New Zealand will treat them with "utmost respect".


Afghanistan: Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Hazratullah ZazaiRahmat ShahHashmatullah ShahidiAsghar AfghanMohammad NabiNajibullah ZadranGulbadin Naib(c), Rashid KhanDawlat ZadranMujeeb Ur RahmanNoor Ali ZadranSamiullah ShenwariAftab AlamHamid Hassan.

New Zealand: Colin MunroMartin GuptillKane Williamson(c), Tom Blundell(w), Ross TaylorHenry NichollsJames NeeshamMitchell SantnerLockie FergusonTrent BoultTim SoutheeMatt HenryColin de GrandhommeTom LathamIsh Sodhi

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With AFP inputs

Updated Date: Jun 09, 2019