Twitter Reactions: Neesham, Ferguson and Captain Kane make it three-out-of-three for New Zealand
Neesham picked up his maiden fifer in ODIs.
Updated - Jan 2, 2020 6:32 pm
Following their victories versus Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, New Zealand managed to win their third consecutive match of the 2019 World Cup. This time around, the Black Caps won by seven wickets against Afghanistan at The Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton. Moreover, the Kane Williamson-captained team strengthened their position at the top of the points table.
Shahidi wages a lonely battle
The Afghans roped in Ikram Ali Khil in place of Mohammad Shahzad, who has been ruled out owing to a knee injury. Moreover, they gave Aftab Alam a chance in place of Dawlat Zadran. Mujeeb Ur Rahman was also rested. The Kiwis went unchanged for the game. After winning the toss and electing to field first, New Zealand turned out to be clinical and bowled their opponent out for 172 in 41.1 overs.
Hazratullah Zazai and Noor Ali Zadran started in a positive manner and stitched together a stand of 66 runs in 10.5 overs. James Neesham removed Zazai for 34 and the dismissal brought about a collapse as the Afghans slumped to 70/4 in 14.1 overs. Lockie Ferguson removed Zadran for 31. Rahmat Shah got out for a duck. Najibullah Zadran, their top-scorer in the mega event, couldn’t survive the heat either.
However, at the other end, Hashmatullah Shahidi wasn’t ready to drop the gun. He put his head down to stave off the bowling after which he gradually accelerated. The southpaw scored his maiden World Cup-fifty off 84 balls. He was the final wicket to go down as he ended on 59 off 99 balls. In the meantime, James Neesham picked up his maiden fifer in ODIs. Ferguson finished with four wickets as well.
Kane Williamson gets back to form
The Kiwis’ didn’t get off to the best of starts as Aftab Alam nipped out Martin Guptill for a golden duck in the very first ball of the innings. Thereafter, Colin Munro and skipper Kane Williamson didn’t play any rash strokes and put on 41 runs for the second wicket. Munro got 22 with four boundaries after which he gave Aftab his second wicket. However, captain Kane didn’t quite look at his very best by any means.
The 28-year-old didn’t throw his wicket away and get to his half-century off 77 deliveries. Ross Taylor was also looking all set for his second fifty in the World Cup. Unfortunately, he became Aftab’s third victim after scoring 48 with six fours and an over-boundary. Williamson stayed not out on 79 off 99 balls with nine fours and took his team over the finishing line with as many as 17.5 overs to spare.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the contest
— Atta Nasib (@NasibAtta) June 8, 2019
— Siddiqui Zaid (@e5d7a47216414a9) June 8, 2019
Worst captaincy by gulbadin naib specially in field today #haveyoursay
— Dr.Wasim Tamboli (@DrWasimTamboli1) June 8, 2019
Confusing why @ACBofficials made #GulbadinNaib captain of the national. He might be a good tailor, but no way near to captain the national team. He needs to concentrate on his sewing clothes business, Eid is in two months. #CricketWorldCup2019 #afghanvsnzealand
— Naqeeb Paymaan (@NPaymaan) June 8, 2019
Why on earth Gulbadin Naib is Captaining Afghanistan?#NZvAFG #Cwc2019 either Nabi or Asghar should do the same with immediate effect @ACBofficials @MohammadNabi007 @rashidkhan_19 170 odd on the board looking for wickets and no slips..
don’t know for what he is saving Rashid!
— PIYUSH PARMAR (@piyushparmar22) June 8, 2019
It’s going be a serious struggle for Afghanistan – Rahmat is an acceptable part-timer, but as a 5th bowler bowling 10 overs he doesn’t inspire confidence. #GulbadinNaib is frontloading the innings with his main 4 & hoping for the best.#AFGvNZ????????????????????@guerillacricket @GuerillaSA
— Nakul Pande (@NakulMPande) June 8, 2019
— JeepersCreepers (@raj33191) June 8, 2019
Worst thing happened to Afghanistan Cricket is their current captain Gulbadin Naib. Very self centered player. #AFGvNZ
— DhuanDhari (@DhuanDhari) June 8, 2019
The Shane Watson Award today goes to Gulbadin Naib. #CWC19
— Manya (@CSKian716) June 8, 2019
What a stupid and selfish review by Gulbadin Naib.
How are you playing Boult and Henry with so much ease and getting out to a trundler like Neesham
— Prince???????? (@PrinceePathan) June 8, 2019
Kane Williamson has arrived at the World Cup.
— Affan ???????? (@mufc_affanf9) June 8, 2019
Last three ODI innings from Kane Williamson:
▶️ 73* (today)
He has also faced 20,000 deliveries in international cricket now! pic.twitter.com/3L09V0CtDw
— ICC (@ICC) June 8, 2019
— Andrew Alderson (@aldersonnotes) June 8, 2019
Kane Williamson has been playing too slow in this WC. Even though the targets were small but you will still expect a player like him to play at a better SR
— Hamza (@DavidGillWho) June 8, 2019