- New Zealand beat Afghanistan by eight wickets
- India’s chances of reaching the semi-finals are over
In a very important match of the 2021 T20 World Cup, New Zealand defeated Afghanistan by eight wickets. With this victory, the New Zealand team has reached the semi-finals. With the defeat of Afghanistan, the day of the Indian team led by Virat Kohli ended here as well. This is the third time in a row that New Zealand has dashed India’s hopes of winning the title. Previously, they defeated India in the semi-finals of the ODI World Cup and the final of the World Test Championship.
Mujeeb got the first hit
Chasing the goal, New Zealand’s start was not so good. On the first ball of the fourth over, Daryl Mitchell was caught by Mujeeb ur Rahman at the hands of goalkeeper Mohammad Shahzad. Mitchell played a 17-run inning on 12 balls, which included three fours.
Guptill made a helpful contribution
After Mitchell’s ejection, Guptill, who was in excellent shape, made some good shots. Guptill was thrown by Rashid Khan on the fifth ball of the ninth change. It was also the 400th window of Rashid Khan’s T20 race. Guptill scored 28 runs on 23 balls, which included four fours.
Conway-Williamson gave no chance
Kane Williamson and Devon Conway played their role after the two wickets fell. Williamson made 40 not out of 42 balls with the help of three fours and shared an unbroken 68-run association for the third wicket with Devon Conway (36 not out of 32 balls, four fours). As a result, New Zealand won the match scoring 125 runs in 18.1 overs.
New Zealand restricts Afghanistan by 124 runs
In the game held in Abu Dhabi, the Afghanistan team could only make 124 runs for eight wickets while batting first. The team lost the first three wickets for 19 races, the effect of which was visible in all their innings. Only three of his hitters reached double digits. In this, Najibullah Zadran scored 73 runs on 48 balls, which included six fours and three sixes.
For New Zealand, Man of the Match Bolt took three wickets for 17 runs and Tim Southee took two wickets for 24 runs. Ish Sodhi, James Neesham and Adam Milne each got a window.
Such were the entrances of Najibullah
Najibullah gave some momentum to the scoring by hitting two fours over Neesham in the ninth and then sending Sodhi’s delivery of four runs at midwicket took the team’s scoring past 50 runs. Sodhi, however, managed to throw Gulbadin Naib (15) on this change.
Even after this, Najibullah assumed primary responsibility for scoring runs. He hit two sixes on a Mitchell Santner over and then completed the sixth half-century of his career on 33 balls. From the other end, captain Mohammad Nabi (14 of 20 balls) struggled to score runs.
Saudi put an end to Nabi’s difficult tackles by catching a beautiful ball with his own ball. Najibullah and Nabi shared a 59-race partnership for the fifth field.
Najibullah returned to the pavilion in the 19th century. Credit for this goes to Neesham, who took a brilliant catch by diving off Bolt’s ball. Boult also sent Karim Janat (two) to the pavilion at the same location.