ICC World Cup 2019: Twitter Reactions – James Neesham, Kane Williamson shine as New Zealand demolish Afghanistan

James Neesham, Kane Williamson

James Neesham claimed his maiden five-wicket ODI haul and Kane Williamson smashed an unbeaten half-century as New Zealand thrashed Afghanistan by seven wickets in a World Cup game at Taunton on Saturday.

The Kiwis, despite losing Martin Guptill first ball of their innings, never looked in any serious trouble chasing a paltry 173 to win as Williamson and Ross Taylor shared a century partnership for the third wicket before getting home with more than 17 overs to spare.

Earlier, Afghanistan’s batting woes continued after their openers gave them a brisk start with Hazratullah Zazai and Noor Ali Zadran putting on 66 by the end of 11th over.

But ‘Man of the Match’ Neesham, who took his ODI career best 5-31, and Lockie Ferguson (4-37) then grabbed four wickets for four runs to reduce Afghanistan to 70-4.

The Afghans never recovered and lost wickets steadily before being bowled out for 172 with nearly ten overs to spare.

Brief scores: Afghanistan 172 in 41.1 overs (Hashmatullah Shahidi 59; Jimmy Neesham 5-31, Lockie Ferguson 4-37) lost to New Zealand 173/3 in 32.1 overs (Kane Williamson 79*; Aftab Alam 3-45) by seven wickets.

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