Afghanistan vs New Zealand ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, match Highlights: New Zealand on Saturday thrashed Afghanistan in its third match in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The Kiwis have claimed win in all the three games. The team have smashed win against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in earlier two matches. Afghanistan, on the other hand, was smashed, by Australia and Sri Lanka in its last two matches. The 13th match of the ICC World Cup 2019, will witness the battle between top performing New Zealand and bottom-placed Afghanistan. The match which will be played at The Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton starting at 1:30 pm (local time) and 6 pm (IST). It will be broadcasted live on StarSports network. Viewers can also login to Hotstar for all the live updates.

Hence going with the performance, New Zealand appears to be on the stronger side with an upper hand and one has to see how Afghanistan will bounce back after 2 defeats.  The other match was played between England and Bangladesh. India has also claimed its first win in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 against South Africa. 

Here are the two squads

Afghanistan: Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib(c), Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ali Zadran, Samiullah Shenwari, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan.

New Zealand: Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson(c), Tom Blundell(w), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Latham, Ish Sodhi

Highlights

Williamson guides Kiwis to 7-wicket win

Williamson guides Kiwis to a 7-wicket win. The team thrashed Afghanistan in its third match in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Afghanistan has lost all its games so far.

New Zealand need 6 runs in 115 balls

New Zealand need 6 runs in 115 balls. Williamson and Latham batting at 77 and 11 runs. The two batsmen have claimed runs at a fast speed. AFG bowlers failed to claim the fourth wicket

Kiwis need 19 runs in 127 balls

After 28 overs, New Zealand at 143 for 3. Kane Williamson 58, Tom Latham 6. need 19 runs in 127 balls. Williamson and Latham on the crease. The two batsmen can lead the team towards win.

Out!

Taylor gone at 48 runs. New Zealand has lost its 3rd wicket at 130. The next batsman Tom Latham has joined skipper Williamson who is at 52 runs.

Williamson hits 50

Skipper Williamson hits 50 out of 77 balls. Williamson has smashed his fifty and the team is running towards the target which is just a fifty nearer.

Six!

Taylor smashed six. New Zealand need 60 runs in 156 balls at 2.30 rpo. The two players are thrashing AFG while getting runs on every ball.

100 for New Zealand

New Zealand has completed 100 runs after losing 2 wickets. Captain Williamson and Taylor are at the crease. Both the batsmen are leading the team towards winning note.

New Zealand need 85 runs

After 19 years, Kiwis scores 88 runs and have lost 2 wickets. Williamson and Taylor have scored 32 and 26 runs. The team need 85 runs in just 184 balls.

New Zealand 71 for 2

New Zealand need 102 runs in 208 balls. Williamson and Taylor are making runs at fast speed. The two batsmen seem to complete within the least overs.

New Zealand need 110 runs in 217 balls

New Zealand need 110 runs in 217 balls. Taylor and Williamson are at the strike. These two veteran batsmen are at the crease. Nea Zealand are at 67 for 2.

50 for Kiwis

Fifty up for the Black Caps. Williamson and Taylor are batting at 20 and 6 runs. The team has completed 50 runs after a steady start while losing 2 wickets.

Wicket!

Munro out as the second wicket of Kiwis team gone after a small stand of 22 runs. Ross Taylor joined skipper Williamson on the third wicket to claim win over AFG.

Four!

Williamson hits a boundary. The team is running towards the target with fast speed. Both the players have rebuilt the team's run-rate after Guptill's fall.

New Zealand need 139 runs in 265 balls

New Zealand need 139 runs in 265 balls. Williamson and Munro are batting at 10 and 20 respectively. The two batsmen are a partnership of 34 runs.

New Zealand 21 for 1

After 4 overs, New Zealand 21 for 1. Kane Williamson and Colin Munro are rebuilding the partnership for the game against AFG in their third math in the World Cup 2019.

New Zealand need 159 runs

New Zealand need 159 runs in 288 balls. The team has scored 14 runs. Kiwis are looking for runs and AFG for wickets. Both teams are working on to see their colourful sides with win.

Kane Williamson comes in

Kane Williamson comes in. He joined Colin Munro. The next inning is sounded like Afghanistan will make some miracle in the match to fight back the black caps.

Out!

Afghanistan got the first wicket as New Zealand lost Martin Guptill on the first ball of the second inning of the ICC Cricket World Cup match 2019.

Afghanistan all out for 172

Shahidi was the last wicket from the AFG side and was dismissed for 59, Afghanistan 172 all out. New Zealand needs 173 runs for the win. The next inning will be started just after some minutes.

Shahidi hits fifty

Shahidi has completed his fifty. He completed with the boundary as the team has scored 162 for 9. Kiwis need one wicket to go for the second inning.

Out!

Aftab Alam dismissed by Lockie Ferguson on 14 runs. Hamid Hassan has joined Shahidi. AFG is just one wicket away. Nea Zealand team has successfully crushed AFG.

Four!

Aftab smashed four on the long-on side. The team has reached 147 for 8. AFG is continuously losing wickets after wickets. Next ball, Aftab misses the ball.

Out!

Rashid Khan duck. AFG lost its 8th wicket. Rashid was clean bowled by Lockie Ferguson. AfG 131 for 8. Aftab Alam joined Shahidi, who is batting at 39 runs.

Out!

Another wicket Ikram out on 2 runs. AFG is in trouble. The team has lost 7 wickets so far. The team needs runs and as well without losing further. The team has already lost two games.

Shahidi, Ikram rebuilding ADG inning

Shahidi and Ikram in the middle are rebuilding the AFG game. The Kiwis bowler Neesham has completed his overs and taken five wickets. This is one of the best bowling efforts by a professional player.

After 28 overs, Afghanistan 121 for 6

After 28 overs, Afghanistan scored 121 for 6. Shahidi and Ikram are batting. The young batsmen are looking up to the task so far. Just 1 off the over.

Shahidi batting on 29 runs

Shahidi is batting on 29 runs. Ikram has not opened his account so far. Matt Henry comes into the attack and pitched it up for shot balls which is giving every room to the batsman.

Out!

Najibullah Zadran is bowled out by Neesham. Neesham has taken his 5th wicket. Ikram Ali Khil joined Shahidi. Afghanistan is at 114 for 6.

Out!

Afghanistan lost its 4th wicket Mohammad Nabi. He has scored 9 runs. Bowler Jimmy Neesham has taken 4 wickets so far. The Afghanistan team is looking for a strong partnership.

Match started again

Match started again. Afghanistan batsmen again on the field to take their team with runs as the team have lost 4 wickets. Afghanistan is at 105 for 4.

Game again stopped

The game has been again stopped after rains interrupted again. Players are off the ground again. Sharing smiles after umpires took the decision to stop the game.

Afghanistan at 99 for 4

Just a one-run left for completing 100 for Afghanistan. The team has lost 4 wickets and is at 99 runs. The batsmen on the crease are Hashmatullah Shahidi and Mohammad Nabi.

Game resumes

The game resumes after rains stopped. The umpires took the decision to start the game as the sun comes out. The game has started now and both the teams are ready to play.

Pitch still covered

Covers are being removed. Umpires going out to inspect. Sun is out. The game will resume after some time but the pitch is still covered. The two teams are ready for the game.

Rain starts

After a troubling inning for Afghanistan, rains lashed the wicket and the players are running off. Nabi hides his bat as the rain comes down. The ground staff is working tirelessly.

Shahidi get his first boundary

After 19 overs, Afghanistan 79 for 4 while Hashmatullah Shahidi batting at 6, Mohammad Nabi 3. Shahidi gets his first boundary and is leading the innings right now.

After 17 overs, Afghanistan 72 for 4

After 17 overs, Afghanistan 72 for 4, Hashmatullah Shahidi 1 and Mohammad Nabi 1 only. Bowler Colin de Grandhomme, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack and Afghanistan should welcome this move. Slightly less pace and more time to play the ball.

Neesham 3 for 10

Neesham has taken 3 wickets so far and has given 10 runs only. The team has successfully crashed Afghanistan in the first ten overs. The bowlers will see the next target.

Ferguson balls to Shahidi

Ferguson in the 15th over is balling good length deliveries to Hashmatullah Shahidi who is just want to make runs for the team as both the batsmen will be searching for runs only.

Mohammad Nabi joins Hashmatullah Shahidi

Mohammad Nabi joined Hashmatullah Shahidi, who has not opened his account so far. Afghanistan is playing at a critical stage. The team needs runs which seems very hard to made.

Out!

Gulbadin Naib was bowled out by Jimmy Neesham. Neesham has taken 3 wickets so far. Afghanistan is in trouble as no batsman after openers is batting on the wicket. Afghanistan has 70/4 and the match completely changes.

Gulbadin Naib batting at 4 runs

Gulbadin Naib is batting on 4 runs. The team need a partnership for making runs so that they can lead the team with an average score to fight the Kiwis at the highest score.

Out!

Rahmat Shah's inning completed as he was caught by Martin Guptill bowled by Jimmy Neesham. Neesham has so far claimed two wickets. Mohammad Nabi joined Hashmatullah Shahidi.

Shahidi joins Rahmat

Hashmatullah Shahidi joined Rahmat Shah. Will see what will happen now to the Afghanistan team after losing two wickets in just three balls. Now Afghanistan 66 for 2.

Out!

Two wickets in three balls. Both openers sent back in succession. Another well-executed wicket. There was a leg gully in place and Noor Ali knew that the short stuff was coming his way. He was caught by Tom Latham.

Out!

After 11 overs, Afghanistan has completed 60 plus runs. Now, the first batsman, Hazrat Zazai was bowled by Jimmy Neesham. Afghanistan next batsman Rahmat Shah has joined the Noor Ali for taking the team ahead

Fifty for Afghanistan

Fifty for Afghanistan as the team have lost no wicket so far. Both the openers have smashed several boundaries and six in the first 8 overs while the Kiwis are looking for wickets.

Six!

Zazai smashes six from Boult's short ball and he was never going to miss that one. 89 meter hit as the batsman looks confident to shot such a big one for the team and lead it 40 plus.

Boult bowls to Noor Ali

Boult made a bouncer on Noor but batsman takes it well by just leaving it. Next ball, Noor one run, angles it away to the third man. Afghanistan 46 for 0.

Henry tries to bowl on left side

Bowler Matt Henry is trying to capture the Batsman by his good length balls but the two batsmen are opposing and batting with full controlled shots to lead the team.

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