The two-time world champions, New Zealand, will square off against the rising stars of Afghanistan in a highly anticipated match of the ICC World Cup 2023 on Wednesday, October 18th, at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
New Zealand have had a perfect start to the tournament, winning all three of their matches so far. They are the only team in the competition without a loss, and they will be looking to extend their winning streak against Afghanistan.
Afghanistan, on the other hand, have had a mixed start to the tournament. They have won two of their three matches.
Afghanistan have won the toss and elected to field first.
Afghanistan Batting Performance
Fall of Wickets
27/1 (R. Gurbaz, 5.5 ov) · 27/2 (I. Zadran, 6.1 ov) · 43/3 (H. Shahidi, 13.6 ov) · 97/4 (A. Omarzai, 25.4 ov) · 107/5 (R. Shah, 28.1 ov) · 125/6 (M. Nabi, 30.4 ov) · 134/7 (R. Khan, 33.3 ov) · 138/8 (M. Ur Rahman, 33.6 ov) · 139/9 (Naveen-ul-Haq, 34.2 ov) · 139/10 (F. Farooqi, 34.4 ov)
New Zealand Batting Performance
Fall of Wickets
30/1 (D. Conway, 6.3 ov) · 109/2 (R. Ravindra, 20.2 ov) · 110/3 (W. Young, 20.6 ov) · 110/4 (D. Mitchell, 21.4 ov) · 254/5 (G. Phillips, 47.1 ov) · 255/6 (T. Latham, 47.3 ov)
New Zealand Bowling Performance
Trent Boult bowled 7 overs and took 2 wickets for 18 runs, while Matt Henry bowled 5 overs and took 1 wicket for 16 runs.
Mitchell Santner bowled 7.4 overs and took 3 wickets for 39 runs, and Lockie Ferguson bowled 7 overs and took 3 wickets for 19 runs.
Glenn Phillips bowled 3 overs and did not take any wickets, giving away 13 runs. Rachin Ravindra bowled 5 overs and took one wicket for 34 runs .
Afghanistan Bowling Performance
Mujeeb Ur Rahman bowled 10 overs and took 1 wicket for 57 runs, while Fazalhaq Farooqi bowled 7 overs and did not take any wickets, giving away 39 runs.
New Zealand bowled 8 overs and took 2 wickets for 48 runs, and Mohammad Nabi bowled 8 overs and did not take any wickets, giving away 41 runs.
Rashid Khan bowled 10 overs and took one wicket for 43 runs. Azmatullah Omarzai bowled 7 overs and took two wickets for 56 runs.
Man of match
New Zealand batter Glenn Phillips was adjudged the Man of the Match for his brilliant knock of 71 runs in their 149-run victory over Afghanistan in the ICC World Cup 2023 match on Wednesday.
Phillips came in to bat with New Zealand struggling at 108/3, and he put on a crucial 70-run partnership with Daryl Mitchell for the fourth wicket. Phillips played a very aggressive innings, hitting 10 fours and 1 six. He was eventually dismissed in the 40th over, but his knock had helped New Zealand post a formidable total of 288/6.
Phillips’ innings was especially important considering the fact that New Zealand had lost two early wickets. He played very intelligently and rotated the strike well. He also hit some big shots when required, and his innings helped New Zealand put the pressure on Afghanistan.
New Zealand won the match by a comfortable margin, and Phillips was rightly adjudged the Man of the Match for his outstanding innings.