James Neesham, Afghanistan vs New Zealand, ICC World Cup 2019, World Cup, Afghanistan, New Zealand
Neesham ended with figures of 5/31 in his 10 overs. @ New Zealand Cricket

After finding it tough to find his length in the previous two ODIs, James Neesham bounced back in sublime fashion and picked his maiden five-wicket haul to help New Zealand to a convincing seven-wicket victory in Match 13 of the ICC World Cup 2019 against Afghanistan at Taunton on Saturday.

Neesham ended with figures of 5/31 in his 10 overs that compliment Lockie Ferguson’s four for 37 in his 9.1 over which included three maidens as the duo rattle Afghanistan, who were bowled out for 172 in 41.1 overs after being put into bat.

“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,” Neesham, who won the Man of the Match award, said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

“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.”