NZ beat AFG Highlights: New Zealand knocks India out of semi-finals race with a convincing 8 wickets victory over Afghanistan

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NZ beat AFG Highlights – T20 World Cup LIVE: Once again Kane Williamson’s New Zealand have shattered India’s dream in an ICC tournament as the Kiwis have knocked Virat Kohli & Co. out of the T20 World Cup semi-finals race with a convincing 8 wickets victory over Afghanistan here in Abu Dhabi today. New Zealand proved out to be way too good for M Nabi’s side & have secured a spot in the semifinals along with Pakistan from Group 2. India’s final game against Namibia tomorrow is now inconsequential. Follow NZ vs AFG LIVE Updates on InsideSport.in

Coming back to the game, New Zealand restricted Afghanistan to a modest total of 124/8 first and chased it down easily with 8 wickets in hand and 11 balls to spare. Both India and Afghanistan are out of the T20 World Cup 2021!

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NZ beat AFG Highlights: New Zealand knocks India out of semi-finals race with a convincing 8 wickets victory over Afghanistan

Opting to bat first, Afghanistan managed to post 124/8 on the back of a vital knock from Najibullah Zadran. Coming to set the total, M Nabi’s side had a shaky start as they lost three wickets inside the powerplay with the score reading 23/3. However, Najibullah Zadran and Gulbadin Naib then steadied the innings at took it to 56 runs in the tenth over before Ish Sodhi removed Naib.

Since then, it was Najibullah Zadran’s show who scored quickfire 73 off 48 balls, including 6 fours and 3 sixes to help Afghanistan reach a modest total. Trent Boult was the pick of the bowlers for Kiwis as he returned for 3-17.

Coming to chase the total, New Zealand were off to a steady start as both the opener Daryl Mitchell and Martin Guptill added quickfire 26 runs in the first three overs. Afghanistan tasted the first success in the 4th over when Mujeeb Ur Rahman removed Daryl Mitchell.

Kane Williamson and M Guptill then build up another crucial partnership before Rashid Khan removed Guptill in the 9th over with New Zealand score reading 57/2. Rashid Khan also achieved a milestone of picking 400 T20 wickets with Guptill’s dismissal.

Milestone Alert: 400 T20 Wickets for Rashid Khan

Skipper Kane Williamson and Devon Conway then added 50+ runs for partnership and eventually guided the BlackCaps into the final 4 of the T20 World Cup.

Player of the Match: Trent Boult

New Zealand Innings:

Batsmen R B 4S 6S SR
Martin Guptill b Rashid Khan 28 23 4 0 121.74
Daryl Mitchell c Mohammad Shahzad b Mujeeb Ur Rahman 17 12 3 0 141.67
Kane Williamson (C) Not out 40 42 3 0 95.24
Devon Conway (WK) Not out 36 32 4 0 112.50
Extra 4 (b 0, w 2, nb 0, lb 2)
Total 125/2 (18.1)
Yet To Bat Glenn PhillipsJD NeeshamMitchell SantnerAF MilneTG SoutheeIS SodhiTA Boult
BOWLING O M R W ECON
Mohammad Nabi 4 0 26 0 6.50
Mujeeb Ur Rahman 4 0 31 1 7.75
Naveen-ul-Haq 2 0 16 0 8.00
Hamid Hassan 3 0 14 0 4.67
Rashid Khan 4 0 27 1 6.75
Gulbadin Naib 1.1 0 9 0 7.71
Fall Of Wickets FOW Over
DJ Mitchell 1-26 3.1
MJ Guptill 2-57 8.5

 

Scores level!

Over 18: Naveen Ul Haq comes back into the attack

  • Six runs from the over
  • Scores level
  • Meanwhile, India might have started packing up their bags

7 needed off 18 balls

Over 17: Mujeeb Ur Rahman comes up with his final over

  • FOUR! Conway hits it hard straight down the ground
  • Ten runs from the over

17 needed off 24!

Over 16: Hamid Hasan comes back into the attack

  • FOUR! Williamson places it in the gap at the extra cover region
  • 50 runs partnership up between Williamson and Conway
  • Seven runs from the over

24 needed off 30!

Over 15: Rashid Khan comes up with his final over

  • Conway welcomes him with a Four!
  • 100 comes up for New Zealand
  • Ten runs from the over

34 needed off 36!

Over 14: M Nabi comes up with his final over

  • Back to back boundaries for Conway
  • 13 runs from the over

47 needed off 42!

Over 13: Gulbadin Naib comes into the attack

  • Three singles from the first three deliveries
  • FOUR! Kane Williamson guides it through the cover – lovely cover drive from skipper!
  • Eight runs from the over

55 needed off 48!

Over 12: Rashid Khan comes up with his third over

  • FOUR! Williamson guides the googly past mid-wicket fielder
  • Seven runs from the over

62 needed off 54!

Over 11: Hamid Hasan comes back into the attack

  • Three dot balls in a row
  • One more! Pressure building upon Conway
  • A quick single to mid-off
  • Just two runs from the over

64 needed off 60!

Over 10: M Nabi comes up with his third over

  • Just 3 runs from the over

67 needed off 66!

Over 9: Rashid Khan comes up with his second over

  • Starts with a wide down the leg
  • WICKET! Bowled! Guptill departs at 28
  • Devon Conway comes to bat
  • 5 runs from the over

72 needed off 72!

Over 8: M Nabi comes back into the attack

  • Just three runs from it

Over 7: Rashid Khan comes into the attack

  • Five runs from the over
  • A tidy start from Rashid Khan

END OF POWERPLAY

Over 6: Mujeeb Ur Rahman continues his spell

  • Back to back Fours from Guptill
  • Nine runs from the over

Over 5: Hamid Hasan comes up into the attack

  • Guptill welcomes him with a Four!
  • Six runs from the over

Over 4: Mujeeb Ur Rahman comes up with his second over

  • WICKET! Edged and caught by the keeper. D Mitchell departs!
  • Kane Williamson comes to bat as Mitchell departs at 17
  • Four runs from the over

Over 3: Naveen Ul Haq comes into the attack

  • FOUR! D Mitchell lofts it over the bowler’s head
  • FOUR! Smashed through the cover region from Guptill
  • 11 runs from the over

Over 2: Mujjeb Ur Rahman comes into the attack

  • Eight runs from the over

Over 1: M Nabi comes up with the first over

  • Starts with a dot ball
  • A quick double from Martin Guptill followed by some misfield in the deep
  • 7 runs from the over

Here we go!

Mohd Nabi will open the attack

Daryl Mitchell and Martin Guptill will begin the run chase

Quick Fact: Afghanistan need to restrict New Zealand to 81 for having better NRR than India

Afghanistan Innings:

Batsmen R B 4S 6S SR
Hazratullah Zazai c Mitchell Santner b TA Boult 2 4 0 0 50.00
Mohammad Shahzad (WK) c DP Conway b AF Milne 4 11 1 0 36.36
Rahmanullah Gurbaz lbw b TG Southee 6 9 1 0 66.67
Gulbadin Naib b IS Sodhi 15 18 1 0 83.33
Najibullah Zadran c JD Neesham b TA Boult 73 48 6 3 152.08
Mohammad Nabi (C) c & b TG Southee 14 20 0 0 70.00
Karim Janat c IS Sodhi b TA Boult 2 2 0 0 100.00
Rashid Khan c KS Williamson b JD Neesham 3 7 0 0 42.86
Mujeeb Ur Rahman Not out 0 1 0 0 0.00
Extra 5 (b 1, w 3, nb 0, lb 1)
Total 124/8 (20)
Yet To Bat Naveen-ul-HaqH Hassan
BOWLING O M R W ECON
Tim Southee 4 0 24 2 6.00
Trent Boult 4 0 17 3 4.25
Adam Milne 4 0 17 1 4.25
Jimmy Neesham 4 0 24 1 6.00
Mitchell Santner 2 0 27 0 13.50
Ish Sodhi 2 0 13 1 6.50
Fall Of Wickets FOW Over
Mohammad Shahzad 1-8 2.2
Hazratullah Zazai 2-12 3.1
Rahmanullah Gurbaz 3-19 5.1
Gulbadin Naib 4-56 9.6
Mohammad Nabi 5-115 17.6
Najibullah Zadran 6-119 18.2
Karim Janat 7-121 18.4
Rashid Khan 8-124 19.6

 

Over 20: James Neesham will bowl the final over

  • Just 2 runs from it and a wicket on the final ball
  • Afghanistan finishes off at 124/8

Over 19: Boult comes up with his final over

  • FOUR from Najibullah Zadran
  • WICKET! Najib departs at 73 and Afghanistan lose their 6th
  • Rashid Khan comes up to bat
  • WICKET! Karim Janat departs as Boult strikes again
  • Mujeeb comes to bat
  • Just 7 runs from it

Over 18: Tim Southee comes up with his final over

  • SIX! 84 metres from Najibullah over long-off
  • Fifty runs partnership up between Najib & Nabi
  • FOUR! Top edge and runs away for a boundary over the keeper’s head
  • WICKET! Caught and Bowled! M Nabi departs at 14
  • 14 runs from the over

Over 17: Trent Boult comes into the attack

  • 100 up for Afghanistan – OHHH! it’s a short run
  • Now comes up the 100 for Afghanistan!
  • Five runs from it

Some bad news!

Over 16: Neesham comes up with his third over

  • Just five runs from it

Over 15 Adam Milne comes back into the attack

  • Fifty up for Najibullah Zadran – 6th fifty in T20I
  • Just 4 runs from it
  • Afghanistan and India’s hope relying upon Najib at the moment

Over 14: Mitchell Santner comes back into the attack

  • Najib welcomes him with a SIX, straight down the ground
  • SIX! more Najib is a man on the mission for Afghanistan
  • 19 runs from it

Over 13: Tim Southee comes back into the attack

  • Starts with two dot deliveries
  • Two more dots. Pressure building upon M Nabi
  • Nudges for a single on the leg side
  • New Zealand dot balls today so far – 38
  • Just two runs from it

Over 12: Ish Sodhi comes up with his second over

  • Five runs from the over

Over 11: Adam Milne comes back into the attack

  • Five runs from the over
  • Afghanistan needs a partnership here

Over 10: Ish Sodhi comes into the attack

  • WICKET! BOWLED! Gulbadin departs at 15
  • He strikes again in his first over
  • Afghan skipper M Nabi comes to bat
  • Eight runs from the over

Ish Sodhi has struck in his first over into the attack every match in this T20 WC.

Fakhar vs Pak (6th ball)
Rohit vs Ind (4th ball)
Munsey vs Sco (5th ball)
Erasmus vs Nam (2nd ball)
Gulbadin vs Afg (6th ball)

Over 9: Neesham comes up with his second over

  • Just three singles from the first three deliveries
  • Afghan batters dealing in singles & doubles, not taking risks at the moment
  • Back to back fours from Najibullah on the last two deliveries
  • 14 runs from it

Over 8: Time for some spin now, M Santner comes into the attack

  • FOUR! Najibullah smokes it straight down the ground
  • Eight runs from the over

Over 7: Change in bowling; James Neesham comes into the attack

  • Two runs, Gulbadin slogs it hard through deep mid-wicket
  • Five runs from it

NZ vs AFG LIVE – END OF POWERPLAY

Over 6: Tim Southee comes back into the attack

  • WICKET! LBW. Gurbaz departs at 6!
  • Afghanistan are three down inside the powerplay
  • Najibullah Zadran comes to bat
  • Just 4 runs from it

Over 5: Adam Milnes continues his spell, comes up with second over

  • Single off the first delivery
  • Just three runs from it

Over 4: Boult comes up with his second over

  • WICKET! Zazai departs. Caught by Santner at mid-wicket inside the circle
  • Zazai departs at 2 and Afghanistan are two down now
  • Gulbadin comes to bat
  • FOUR! Top edge from Gulbadin goes over the keeper for a boundary
  • Just four runs from the over

Over 3: Change in bowling; Adam Milne comes into the attack

  • Single from the first delivery. Shahzad comes on strike
  • WICKET! Edged & caught by the keeper! Shahzad is on the way back
  • R Gurbaz comes to bat
  • FOUR! was going down the leg and Gurbaz guides it towards the fine leg
  • Five runs from the over

Over 2: Trent Boult comes into the attack

  • Single down the leg from Zazai
  • Three dot balls to Sahazad. Pressure building upon him!
  • One more dot! A couple of short deliveries to push him back
  • Just 1 run from it

Over 1: Tim Southee starts with the new ball

  • Starts with a wide – too wide outside off
  • Leg bye! M Shahzad comes to strike
  • FOUR! Shahzad has opened his account with a boundary straight down the ground
  • Six runs from it

Here we go!

Tim Southee will open the attack

Mohammad Shahzad and Hazrattullah Zazai will open the innings for Afghanistan

@15:24 – Fingers Crossed!

@15:22 – Both teams are coming out for the National Anthems!

New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson(c), Devon Conway(w), Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult

Afghanistan (Playing XI): Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Shahzad(w), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi(c), Karim Janat, Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Toss Update: Afghanistan wins the toss and decides to bat first against New Zealand!

Pitch Report by VVS Laxman – It’s the same pitch that was used yesterday for Australia vs West Indies. It has a few cracks, so batting might be challenging.

@14:50 – ICYMI – This is from yesterday!

@14:45 – New Zealand won’t be taking M Nabi’s side lightly for sure!

@14:40 – The chasing side has won 6 out of the 7 games so far in the afternoon here at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.

@14:38 – It’s just moments away now!

@14:35 – This is the first time Afghanistan & New Zealand will lock horns in the shortest format of the game. They have only met in ODIs

@14:30 – Will Mujeeb return to playing XI? Fingers crossed!

@14:25 – The countdown begins –

New Zealand vs Afghanistan LIVE: Not only the fans but Virat Kohli’s Indian squad is also set to be glued to their television sets to check the result of the match.

“If Afghanistan lose, we will pack backs and go back to home. Yes, we will keep a tab on the game”, said Ravindra Jadeja in post match conferecne.

If Afghanistan manage to turn the tables on Kane Williamson & Co, it will keep alive their slim chances while boosting that of the Indians (on 4 points currently), who would need to win their last match with a good margin.

However, if the Kiwis secure a win, India’s final league game on Monday against Namibia will be rendered inconsequential.

Can Afghanistan surpise Kiwis? New Zealand will head into the match high on confidence after having eased to victory against Namibia on Friday. Jimmy Neesham and Glenn Phillips rose to the occasion after the top-order failed to fire and set up a challenging total which proved too much for the Namibian batters.

The Kiwi bowlers’ experience and skills have been on show in the tournament and they would pose problems for the Afghan batters too and could decide the fate of Sunday’s contest.

NZ vs AFG LIVE: Afghan spin trio challenge for New Zealand
NZ vs AFG LIVE: Afghan spin trio challenge for New Zealand

Onus on Afghanistan batsman: The Afghanistan batters have come up with consistent performances which have helped the spin-heavy bowling unit go about their job with confidence. But they would be up against an attack that includes Trent Boult, Tim Southee and the pacy Adam Milne, apart from the spin duo of Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner, which has troubled the batters right through the tourney.

If the Afghan batters can put up a sizeable score, then the bowling unit with Rashid Khan at the forefront could be more than a handful. The absence of Mujeeb-ur-Rahman owing to injury could weaken the bowling department but given the Kiwi batters’ struggles against spin, a huge task awaits them.

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T20 World Cup LIVE –  NZ vs AFG LIVE Score: How the New Zealand batters handle the middle overs when star spinner Rashid Khan would be in operation would have a huge say on how the match pans out and a good start by the powerful Martin Guptill and Daryl Mitchell could prove crucial as would skipper Williamson’s contribution.

Though New Zealand and Afghanistan battle it out in Abu Dhabi, the Indian team in Dubai and its fans will be praying that the fellow Asian nation does it a favour by scripting a memorable victory to see their chances of surviving further in the marquee event.

Also Read: T20 World Cup- NZ vs Afg LIVE: Mark the Date! Fate of Team India to be decided on Sunday

Teams (from):
Afghanistan: Mohammed Nabi (captain), Hazratullah Zazai, Ahmed Shahzad, Gulbadin Naib, Naveen ul Haq, Rashid Khan, Hamid Hasan, Rahamnaullah Gurbaz, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Fareed Ahmed, Usman Ghani.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Devon Conway, Tim Seifert (wk), James Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Mark Chapman, Adam Milne, Kyle Jamieson, Todd Astle.

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