New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum smashed six boundaries and a six © Getty Images (File Photo)
New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum smashed six boundaries and a six © Getty Images (File Photo)

New Zealand lost their first wicket when skipper Brendon McCullum was bowled for a score of 42 off 19 balls by his Afghanistan counterpart Mohammad Nabi during their ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Pool A match at McLean Park in Napier on Sunday. McCullum departed after helping New Zealand cross the 50-run mark in the sixth over of the match, a strong start to their chase of the modest 187-run target. LIVE CRICKET BLOG: New Zealand vs Afghanistan ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 at Napier

Afghanistan earlier won the toss and skipper Mohammad Nabi, who is playing his 50th ODI, chose to bat. Both teams decided to field the same teams from their previous games. The Afghans were bowled out for a score of 186 in 47.4 overs, with Najibullah Zadran and Samiullah Shenwari top-scoring for their side with knocks of 56 and 54 respectively. Catch live cricket scorecard of New Zealand (NZ) vs Afghanistan (AFG) ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 match here

The pair shared an 86-run stand for the seventh wicket to help guide their side to a respectable total, compared to the score of 59 for six at one stage. Veteran spinner Daniel Vettori was easily the pick in the Black Caps bowling attack, collecting four wickets for 18 runs in 10 overs. Much of the early damage was caused by Trent Boult, who took three wickets for 34 runs. Vettori became the first New Zealand bowler to take 300-plus One-Day International (ODI) wickets.  ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Complete Coverage