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Here's what the players had to say
Kane Williamson: It was an outstanding effort. There are some world-class players in the Afghan side. I have played with a number of them for a few years. They got off to a good start and it was important to build some pressure in the middle-overs, and the way the seamers came back in the middle-overs was fantastic - pace, bounce and a bit of movement did it for them. Lockie doesn't need a lot of encouragement to turn up the speed. He has been fantastic in the three games so far. The left and right-arm combination helps up top and Neesham hitting the wicket hard with the bounce, pace and the movement - the same with their opening bowlers. The fielding, I think, was great from us. The batting improved from the last match. We have chased three games in a row and we are trying to chase some of the lower targets on surfaces that, if you're put under pressure, you can pick up wickets. It is important to build the partnerships in those situations. Every game you play, you set out to win it, and it's great to have three wins in a row to start with. We have a couple of days off now, and then we have India after that so we need to adapt to new venues, which is the nature of tournament sport, but the guys will be looking forward to it.
Gulbadin Naib: We started really well. Hazrat and Noor were great with the bat. We misread the length of the ball, some of us batsmen, and we threw our wickets away early. So credit to the Kiwi bowlers. We have to play out 50 overs, and it is important for us to stay at the wicket. Our bowlers started well. The wickets did not support the fast bowlers, so we missed out on Rashid. I just tell the boys to keep calm, and show a little more composure in the middle. We missed out on saving some boundaries too and we were not great in the field, so we have a long way to go - the improvement at this high level of cricket will happen day by day.
Jimmy Neesham | Man of the Match: Pretty pleased with my performance today. 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. The chase was clinical, obviously. Our home conditions are lower and slower, but the bouncy conditions suited me personally to be honest. I let a few external voices affect my bowling, and I went back to my forte today - hitting the deck hard, and not trying to swing the ball too much.
New Zealand win by seven wickets
Jimmy Neesham picked up his maiden five-wicket haul while Lockie Ferguson took four to restrict Afghanistan to just 172. The chase was a walk in the park for Kane Williamson and Co. as they polished off the chase in 32.1 overs.
Afghanistan came into the contest with two defeats weighing them down. They handed the initiative to Australia and Sri Lanka as they had slipped to 77 for 5 and 57 for 5 respectively. On the day, Hazratullah Zazai and Noor Ali Zadran gave the team a superb start by scoring 66 for the opening wicket. Zazai's aggressive approach rattled New Zealand just a touch early on as they let him get away with chances. On two consecutive balls, the fielders miss-judged two skiers as the opener gave the team a brisk start.
When Afghanistan were cruising at 66 for no loss, it seemed the batting unit was finally going to post a challenging total. But Neesham entered to change the scenario completely. Afghanistan lost three wickets with adding a run to the score. Zazai, a predominantly on-side player, was forced to chase a wide one and sliced a simple catch to sweeper cover. Zadran was bounced out by Ferguson while Rahmat Shah succumbed to Neesham.
Things kept getting worse. Between the 11th over to 15th over Afghanistan lost four wickets and scored just four. The game had tilted in New Zealand's favour and they never took the foot off the throat. Hashmatullah Shahidi, who struck a fighting half-century, and Mohammad Nabi took the team past 100 but the two rain breaks didn't help them either. The short bursts forced the players out for very short durations but was enough to not allow the batsmen to settle down.
Neesham completed his five-wicket haul in the 24 with twin strikes. In just one over, he nipped out Nabi and Najibullah to leave the lower-order too much to do. There was, however, no resistance and support for Shahidi even when he was ready to grind it out. Ikram Alikhil's World Cup debut was underwhelming while Rashid Khan lasted just four balls. The legspinner took a blow to his helmet and saw the ball crash into the stumps. He, after that, failed the concussion test and wasn't allowed to take part in the game as Afghanistan's bowling stocks plunged further.
There were some late hitting but New Zealand were always in control to now allow any substantial stand to flourish. Aftab Alam gave Afghanistan a dream start as he dismissed Martin Guptill on the first ball of the chase. Colin Munro and Williamson made a steady start and soon settled down to ease the nerves. In the eighth over, however, Munro guided a short ball straight to third man to fall for 22.
Williamson and Ross Taylor took it slow initially but took the team close without much fuss. There was drama as well when Williamson survived a review for a caught-behind appeal and then a runout. Alam yorked Taylor in the 26th over but New Zealand needed just 43 by then. New Zealand continue to top the table and are two points clear of second-placed England, who registered a win over Bangladesh and now have two wins from three games.
Brief scores: Afghanistan 172 in 41.1 overs (Hashmatullah Shahidi 59; Jimmy Neesham 5-31, Lockie Ferguson 4-37) lost to New Zealand 173/3 in 32.1 overs (Kane Williamson 79*; Aftab Alam 3-45) by seven wickets.
Third wicket for Alam. He yorks Taylor and gets the reward but New Zealand need just 43 now. Latham has walked out to bat while Williamson is cruising.
New Zealand 134 for 3 in 26
Afghanistan looking rattled. They wasted a review after a caught behind appeal against Williamson. And now the bowlers are leaking runs.
New Zealand 52 for 2
Afghanistan get the much-needed early break. That too on the first ball of the chase. Nips in and takes the inside edge. The ball flew to backward point. What a start!
New Zealand 0 for 1
Guptill out first ball
What a start this is for Afghanistan. Can they defend this, can they? Too early to say because I see Kane Williamson walking out as I type this. Anyway, coming to the dismissal, it was a quickish back-of-a-length delivery from Aftab Alam, which Guptill pokes off a leading edge to point.
Afghanistan's batting woes continued to haunt them as they have been shot down for just 17. Jimmy Neesham bagged his maiden five-wicket haul as Afghanistan struggled to gain any sort of momentum during the game.
In their first two matches, Afghanistan had conceded defeats after being 77 for 5 against Australia and then 57 for 5 against Sri Lanka. After being asked to bat, the openers - Hazratullah Zazai and Noor Ali Zadran - gave the team superb start as they made 66 for the opening wicket. They were 61 for no loss after the first ten and this was only the fourth instance of them scoring these many runs against a full member in an ODI.
Zazai was particularly impressive and his aggressive approach rattled New Zealand a touch in the first five overs. New Zealand were sloppy as they allowed Zazai to get away with skiers twice before Neesham broke the stand. Zazai, who favours the on-side field, was forced to chase a wide one and ended up scooping a catch to sweeper cover. Zadran was bounced out by Lockie Ferguson two balls later as he gloved a pacy delivery down the leg side to the 'keeper.
Afghanistan at three wickets without adding to the score as they slipped to 66 for 3. It became even worse when they lost another after adding just four with Rahmat Shah and Gulbadin Naib falling without making an impact. Two rain stoppages too hurt Afghanistan as they had to go off the field just when Mohammad Nabi and Hashmatullah Shahidi looked set.
After the second break Neesham cleaned up Nabi and Najibullah Zadran to leave the opponents wobbling at 109 for 6. He single-handedly wiped out the middle-order and completed his five-wicket haul with the wicket of Najibullah. Trent Boult found some swing while Matt Henry struggled despite Afghanistan being under pressure. New Zealand just kept the foot on the throat and refused to relent.
Ferguson too made merry as he struck Rashid Khan on the helmet and then saw the ball crash into the stumps. None of the batsmen were able to resist apart from Shahidi, who played out 99 balls for his 59.
Rashid bounced out
Short ball from Ferguson and Rashid takes a blow to the helmet. The ball then crashes into the stumps and he walks back stunned. Drinks on the field.
Afghanistan 131 for 8
Not a great comeback from Khil. Full and outside off from De Grandhomme. Khil guides it tp point and Guptill takes an easy catch.
Afghanistan 130 for 7
Nabi and Shahidi are rebuilding for Afghanistan. The start-stop passage hasn't helped both teams. No overs lost.
Afghanistan 105 for 4
Just two balls bowled and the players are off again. There could be more rain informs Rob - our man at the ground.
The players are back. No overs lost.
Heavy shower now and the players have rushed off the field. Afghanistan were 66 for no loss but now have some time to think about their approach. They have 84 for 4 after 20 overs.
From 66 for no loss to now 70 for 4. Selfish review from Naib. Length ball and wide and he chased that one. Edged it to the 'keeper and was given out.
Not a single run scored and three wickets lost. Rahmat falls now. Neesham keeps it on the wickets and a leading edge lands with Guptill at point.
Afghanistan 66 for 3
Two wickets in three balls now for New Zealand. Banged in from Ferguson and it takes the glove before landing with the 'keeper.
Afghanistan 66 for 2
He's given the team a solid start. Full and wide, sliced to sweeper-cover. Neesham gets the wicket New Zealand were getting desperate for.
Afghanistan 66 for 1 in 11
Afghanistan have been 77 for 5 and 57 for 5. They were desperate for a good start. Superb response from the openers. Afghanistan 61 for no loss.
POOR START: Two chances from Zazai and New Zealand fail to hold on. Slogged to the midwicket fence and it was running away from the fielder. De Grandhomme failed to reach the first one but in the second confusion meant it fell in between two players.
Afghanistan 27 for no loss after five
Alright then, Noor Ali Zadran to open with Hazratullah Zazai. Henry has the ball and we are all set ...
TOSS - New Zealand opt to bowl
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
Afghanistan: Hazratullah Zazai, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib(c), Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Alikhil(w), Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan
Here's what the captains had to say
Gulbadin Naib: Honestly I would have batted first. It looks like a good wicket. We have to play positive cricket. We have three changes - Dawlat is resting and Aftab comes in, Noor Ali plays his first game and I forgot the last change.
Kane Williamson: We are going to have a bowl. A fresh wicket and looks a good one. It is nice to have a couple of wins in front of us. But we have to adapt to the new ground and new surface. It was tough but it was nice to get across the line. They are all tracking very nicely.
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The last international games played at the home of Somerset were two World Cup fixtures in the 1999 tournament. Before that, a game between England and Sri Lanka in the 1983 competition. Plenty of issues for Afghanistan. Their batting needs to fire if they want to challenge New Zealand. Mohammad Shahzad has been ruled out of the tournament as well. Should be an interesting day. Stay tuned for more updates ...
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