World Cup 2015, New Zealand vs Afghanistan: First half report

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 08, 2015 13:19 IST

Highlights of Afghanistan Innings

47.4 overs | C. ANDERSON TO H. HASSAN
OUT! Done and dusted! Bangs it in short on middle and off, Hassan dances down the track and goes for the pull but does not get enough bat on it nor any timing. The ball flies towards long on. Milne runs in and takes a good catch running forward. AFGHANISTAN ARE BUNDLED OUT FOR 186.

OUT! Shenwari perishes! Angled in on middle and leg, Shenwari turns as he looks to pull but gets a top edge as flies into the air towards square leg. Taylor settles under it and takes an easy catch to give Anderson his first wicket.

41.1 overs | T. BOULT TO D. ZADRAN
OUT! Boult strikes! Good length ball outside off, Dawlat throws his bat it with a wild swing and lands up getting an outside edge. Ronchi behind the stumps gobbles up the catch and another wicket to Boult's name.

38.3 overs | A. MILNE TO N. ZADRAN
OUT! Milne gets his man! Short ball on middle and off, Zadran makes room and upper cuts it towards third man but finds the fielder. Vettori stationed there completes the catch and the partnership has been broken.

19.5 overs | D. VETTORI TO A. ZAZAI
OUT! Two in two! Darts in a quicker one on middle and leg, Zazai looks to clip it but misses and hits him on his pads. Vettori appeals and the umpire gives out straightaway. Vettori has scalped his fourth victim. Hat-trick ball coming up.

19.4 overs | D. VETTORI TO M. NABI
OUT! Half the side back in the hut! Drops in a floated ball around off, Nabi hangs back on the back foot and pushes at it but lands up getting an outside edge and loops up towards slip where Taylor is stationed. Taylor this time takes a dolly and sends Nabi packing.

15.1 overs | D. VETTORI TO N. MANGAL
OUT! Mangal departs! Gives it some air on off and the ball goes straight on, Mangal backs away to punch it but misses and Vettori hits and bags his second wicket. Fourth wicket down and one way traffic at the moment.

8.2 overs | T. BOULT TO A. STANIKZAI
OUT! Straight to the man! Short ball outside off, Stanikzai throws his bat to slap it through point but the ball goes straight to Guptill who takes the simplest of catches. Afghanistan lose their third wicket and Boult gets his second wicket of the match.

2.1 overs | D. VETTORI TO U. GHANI
OUT! Right through his gates! Floated ball on off, Ghani presses forward to defend but misses completely as the ball goes off his pads and then disturbs the furniture. Both the openers back in the hut now.

1.3 overs | T. BOULT TO J. AHMADI
OUT! Boult strikes! Pitched up ball on middle and leg, Ahmadi strides forward to defend but the ball beats him and strikes him on his pads. Boult appeals and the umpire gives out straightaway. Ahmadi decides to take the review. Replays suggest the ball pitched in line and clipped the top of the stumps and hence the umpire's decision stays and Ahmadi has to go.

Scorecard: New Zealand vs Afghanistan

New Zealand bowled out Australia for 151 inside 33 overs last week and took only 23 overs to chase down the target, albeit for the loss of nine wickets.

Afghanistan put a brave spin on their arduous World Cup travel schedule as they prepare to "come back strongly" against the unbeaten Black Caps.

"It's true to say that we're a bit weary. We're trying to put a positive spin on it," said coach Andy Moles whose side are estimated to have travelled 15,000km on their World Cup odyssey over the last three weeks.

Afghanistan have already provided one of the highlights of the World Cup by celebrating their inaugural entry into cricket's most prestigious ODI tournament with a one-wicket victory over Scotland.

Their maiden outing was a loss to Bangladesh by 105 runs followed by a four-wicket defeat by Sri Lanka, the win over Scotland and then the thrashing by Australia who made 417-6 and bowled Afghanistan out for 142.

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