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CWC'19: New Zealand defeat Afghanistan by 7 wickets

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defeated by seven wickets at Taunton on Saturday, bringing them to the top of the table with six points in the ICC Men's World Cup.

Chasing a below-par target of 173, the Kiwis got off to a shaky start as they lost their opener for a duck on the very first ball off

Next to bat was Kane Williamson, who built a 41-run partnership for the second wicket along with Colin Munro, until the latter was sent back by Alam in the 8th over.

came out to bat at number four after the fall of Munro's wicket and added 89 runs along with Williamson before being dismissed by Alam.

Despite the fall of wickets, managed to bounce back as Williamson (79) and Tom Latham's (13) 43-run stand took the Blackcaps over the line, securing their third consecutive win in

Earlier, lost the toss and were put to bat first by the Kiwis. and gave a steady start to the inning and stitched a 66-run partnership for the opening wicket. Zazai (34) was sent back to pavilion by in the 11th over.

Afghanistan lost two quick wickets without adding a run to the scoreboard. Zadran (31) gifted his wicket to Lockie Ferguson in the 12th over, and Neesham returned to get rid of (0) who came to bat at number three, reducing Afghanistan to 66 for the loss of three wickets.

After the collapse of the top order, came out to bat at number four. However, he was unable to leave a mark and departed in the 15th over off Neesham.

and built a brief partnership of 35 runs for the fifth wicket before Nabi was sent back to pavilion by Neesham.

While Shahidi stood firm on one end, none of his teammates was able to support him. Nobody in the middle order was able to reach a double-digit figure, expect Shahidi, who scored 59 crucial runs to set a target of 173 for the Blackcaps.

Neesham was the pick of the bowlers for the Kiwis, as he secured five crucial wickets. Fergusen scalped four wickets to help restrict Afghanistan to 172 runs.

New Zealand will face on June 13, while Afghanistan will next play against on June 15.

Brief Scores: New Zealand 173/3 (79, 48, 3-45) defeated Afghanistan 172 (59, 5-31, Lockie Fergusen 4-37) by seven wickets.

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First Published: Sun, June 09 2019. 01:30 IST