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Afghanistan vs new zealand


Rashid khan  has called their 84 run trashing KIwi  in the World cup as one of the greatest performances from them in T20 cricket. Afghanistan made their defense of 159 a very one-sided affair by bundling New Zealand out for just 75 with four-fors from Farooqi  and Rashid himself.


It's one of the greatest performances from us especially in T20s against a big team, New Zealand Rashid said at the presentation. It is all great team effort. It's not just about the bowling. It's the batting, the way ibrahim and gurbaz  started. Again, the wicket wasn't easy to score on. But the way they played, they didn't throw away their wickets early on when they had a few dot balls from overs seven to nine. I think that was the time when they thought about taking it deep and overall it was a great effort, great win for Afghanistan and it's a great feeling to be leading this side and winning against New Zealand.


Afghanistan now top the GROUP C after their second straight win, scripted by a second straight century opening partnership between Gurbaz and Ibrahim. New Zealand, meanwhile, are at the bottom with a net run rate of -4.200 after losing their tournament opener by a big margin. They now have a challenging path to qualify for the Super Eights because their next game is against co-hosts West Indies in Tarouba.


Rashid further said a score around 160-170 was going to be par on this surface because he had confidence in his bowling attack, even though Mujeeb Ur Rahman was out with a hand injury.


"It's something we have discussed before coming into the competition," he said. "Anything around 160-170 we score on this track, with the bowling unit we have, we will give tough time to the opposition. We knew there was support for the bowlers in the wicket. As long as we keep things simple and hit the right areas consistently, it was going to be more effective for us, and that's what happened. The spinners and especially the seamers, the way they started bowling and then Nabi bowling the second over - that gave us a very positive sign for the spinners that the ball is turning. Dew was there but still bowling tight, wicket to wicket, and the skills as a bowling unit we have, if we use our skills [to the potential], it's going to be very hard for the opposition to score 160


Williamson say : "The most frustrating part, I think, was the fielding in the first ten overs," he said. "It's difficult on a wicket like that when you are not putting it together in the field, to restrict opposition teams. We certainly had opportunities in thar first half and we didn't take it.

They simply outplayed us in all facets of the gam Williamson said of Afghanistan.  To get a total like that on a fiddly surface, they kept wickets in hand and played it beautifully. From our perspective, it wasn't good enough in terms of starting a tournament. It's very frustrating, but it's a quick turnaround for us now, we have to regroup quickly and move on to our next challenge