In the ICC World Cup 2023 match held on October 18, New Zealand continued their unbeaten streak by defeating Afghanistan with a comfortable margin of 149 runs at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
The sixteenth match of the ODI World Cup 2023 witnessed remarkable performances from Tom Latham, Will Young, and Glenn Phillips, all of whom scored fifties to help New Zealand reach a total of 288/6 in their allotted 50 overs. In response, Afghanistan was bowled out for just 139 runs in 34.4 overs, thanks to a collective bowling effort by New Zealand. This victory extended New Zealand's winning streak to four matches, while Afghanistan suffered their third loss out of four matches in the tournament.
Afghanistan, despite a stunning win over defending champions England in their previous match, found themselves outplayed by the Kiwis in Chennai. In this game, Afghanistan won the toss and chose to field.
The match result for ICC World Cup 2023 Match 16: New Zealand vs. Afghanistan (NZ vs. AFG) was as follows:
New Zealand scored 288/6 in 50 overs.
Afghanistan was all out for 139 runs in 34.4 overs.
New Zealand won the match by a significant margin of 149 runs at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. This marked their second consecutive victory at the venue, following an earlier win against Bangladesh.
The toss was won by Afghanistan, who elected to bowl first. The captains for this match were Tom Latham (NZ) and Hashmatullah Shahidi (AFG).
In terms of the most wickets taken in the match, Lockie Ferguson and Mitchell Santner, both representing New Zealand, were the standout performers. They each took three wickets, with Lockie conceding 19 runs in 7 overs, and Santner giving away 39 runs in 7.4 overs. Santner's performance also elevated him to the position of the highest wicket-taker in the tournament, with a total of 11 wickets.
When it comes to the highest run-scorers in the NZ vs. AFG ICC World Cup 2023 match, Glenn Phillips (NZ) led the way with 71 runs off 80 balls, followed by Tom Latham (NZ) with 68 runs off 74 balls. Will Young (NZ) contributed 54 runs off 64 balls, while Rahmat Shah (36 runs) was the top-scorer for Afghanistan.
The Man of the Match award for ICC World Cup 2023 Match 16 on October 18 went to Glenn Phillips (NZ) for his outstanding performance. He scored 71 runs from 84 balls, including 4 sixes and 4 fours. Additionally, he bowled three overs, giving away only 13 runs with no wickets.
The playing elevens for NZ vs. AFG ICC World Cup 2023 match on October 18 were as follows:
New Zealand XI:
Tom Latham (captain/wicketkeeper)
Hashmatullah Shahidi (captain)
Ikram Alikhil (wicketkeeper)
Mujeeb Ur Rahman