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T20 World Cup 2024 AFG vs NZ: Match Highlights, Key Moments And Videos

Fazalhaq Farooqi celebrating a NZ wicket with teammates (x.com)Fazalhaq Farooqi celebrating a NZ wicket with teammates (x.com)

Afghanistan decimated a Kane Williamson-led New Zealand team at Guyana’s Providence Stadium in match number 14 of the 2024 T20 World Cup on June 8.

The outcome marked Afghanistan’s second win in succession, as they strengthened their top spot on the Group C points table.

Here’s the timeline of how AFG vs NZ panned out in Guyana:

AFG vs NZ Highlights: Gurbaz And Zadran Share 103 Runs At The Top

Afghanistan’s firebrand openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran shared 103 runs for the first wicket after cunningly seeing off the new-ball threat posed by Trent Boult and Matt Henry. Gurbaz made 80 runs from 56 balls to list his second successive half-century, and the ninth of his T20I career to top-score for his team.

Zadran crafted a meticulous 44 from 41 balls with three boundaries and two sixes before he became Afghanistan’s first casualty of the evening, courtesy of Matt Henry.

AFG vs NZ Highlights: Late Wickets Restrict AFG To 159-6

Following the dismissal of Ibrahim Zadran, number three batter Azmatullah Omarzai smacked a handy 13-ball 22 to keep Afghanistan’s run-scoring rolling at the death.

However, Omarzai’s dismissal at the hands of Matt Henry triggered some late wickets for Afghanistan. Mohammad Nabi, captain Rashid Khan, Gulbadin Naib all departed for single-digit scores as Trent Boult (2-22) and Lockie Ferguson (1-28) restricted the Afghan batting line-up to 159-6 from their 20 overs.

AFG vs NZ Highlights: Fazalhaq Farooqi Takes Three With The New-Ball

Afghanistan paceman Fazalhaq Farooqi, who collected match-winning figures of 5-9 against Uganda earlier this week, removed three of New Zealand’s top four batters with the new-ball in the run-chase. After knocking over opening batter Finn Allen for a first-ball duck, Farooqi dismissed Devon Conway and Daryl Mitchell as New Zealand slipped to 28-3 in 4.2 overs.

AFG vs NZ Highlights: Rashid Khan Takes The Next Three As NZ Slip Further

After Fazalhaq Farooqi’s opening three-wicket burst, Afghanistan captain and spin wizard Rashid Khan tore through New Zealand’s middle-order with three quick scalps. Apart from deceiving his rival number Kane Williamson, Khan snapped Mark Chapman and Michael Bracewell in successive deliveries to plunder New Zealand at 43-6.

AFG vs NZ Highlights: Nabi Takes Two, Farooqi And Rashid Finish With Four Each

Senior Afghanistan spinner Mohammad Nabi also got into the act by getting rid of Glenn Phillips and Mitchell Santner to extinguish New Zealand’s last ounce of hope at 59-8 in 12 overs.

Fazalhaq Farooqi and Rashid Khan, who opened their spells with three wickets each, claimed the final two wickets on offer to finish with scintillating four-wicket hauls. Their collective brilliance rolled over New Zealand for just 75 in 15.2 overs as Afghanistan secured a huge 84-run win in Guyana.

The outcome marked Afghanistan’s second big win in succession, as they continue to top the 2024 T20 World Cup Group C points table.