Afghanistan slumped into three straight defeats after they were chased down by the Kiwi squad on Saturday. Afghanistan lost the match by 7 wickets at the Taunton on Saturday and this aided in New Zealand winning their third match amongst the three matches they have played in the World Cup. Afghanistan who went forth to bat first, were put in a good spot by their openers HazratullahZazai and Noor Ali Nadan after they built a total of 66 runs but after the collapse of the duo, the squad lost three wickets for on run.
Even HashmatullahShahid’s score of 59 runs couldn’t aid in a good score total, the entire team left a chase of only 173runs in front of New Zealand. The credits for this low total go to James Neesham who grabbed a total of five wickets for 31 runs in 10 overs in turn winning the Man of the Match award and Lockie Ferguson who took four wickets for 37 runs in 9.1 overs.
We started really well. Hazrat and Noor were great with the bat
Talking about the same in the post-match ceremony, Gulbadin Naib the captain of Afghanistan criticized the batting department of the team. “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,” Naib said at the post-match presentation ceremony. 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,” he said.
We missed out on saving some boundaries too
This wasn’t the only woe the team had, the departure of their fast bowler Rashid Khan who was hit with a ball from Lockie Ferguson was one big reason why the team failed in front of the opponents. “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,” he concluded.