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  • 1:11 AM IST

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  • 1:11 AM IST

    Kane Williamson (4/4): “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.”

  • 1:10 AM IST

    Kane Williamson (3/4): “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.”

  • 1:10 AM IST

    Kane Williamson (2/4): “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.”

  • 1:09 AM IST

    Here’s a very happy winning captain Kane Williamson (1/4): “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.”

  • 1:08 AM IST

    Gulbadin Naib (3/3): “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.”

  • 1:08 AM IST

    Gulbadin Naib (2/3): “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.”

  • 1:07 AM IST

    Time for the captains now, first up the losing captain, Gulbadin Naib (1/3): “We started really well. Hazrat and Noor were great with the bat. We missed 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.”

  • 1:06 AM IST

    Some visuals from the match

  • 1:05 AM IST

    James Neesham (3/3): “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.”

Kane Williamson, New Zealand cricket team, Afghanistan vs New Zealand 2019 icc world cup

Hello and welcome to our live coverage from the Match 13 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between New Zealand Afghanistan. While the 2015 finalists New Zealand have won both their matches, albeit in contrasting fashion, Afghanistan have lost theirs but have shown fight.

New Zealand crushed Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in their opening match before scraping past Bangladesh in their next contest that would have served as a wake-up call. On the other hand, Afghanistan lost to defending champions Australia before giving Sri Lanka a mighty scare having bowled them out for a low total in a rain-curtailed contest.

However, Afghanistan are without their opener and first-choice wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad to knee injury.

Editorial team of CricketCountry.