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T20 WC, New Zealand vs Afghanistan Highlights : NZ win by 8 wickets, knock India out of semis

New Zealand vs Afghanistan (NZ vs AFG), T20 World Cup Highlights: New Zealand beat Afghanistan and sent India out of the T20 World Cup.

By: Sports Desk
Updated: November 7, 2021 19:29 IST
New Zealand's captain Kane Williamson reacts during the T20 World Cup match between New Zealand and Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi. (AP)

New Zealand vs Afghanistan, T20 World Cup Highlights: New Zealand beat Afghanistan by eight wickets in their final Super 12 match to qualify for the semi-finals and send India out of the T20 World Cup on Sunday. New Zealand chased down the small target of 125 with 11 balls to spare to secure a top-2 finish in Group 2 with eight points from five matches.

The win by the Kiwis meant that India — currently with four points from four matches — cannot qualify for the semifinals even if they beat Namibia in their final Super 12 on Monday. Afghanistan ended their campaign on four points from five matches from which they secured two wins.

Captain Kane Williamson top-scored with an unbeaten 40 while Devon Conway contributed 36 not out. For Afghanistan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan took a wicket each. Earlier, opting to bat, Afghanistan posted 124/8.

New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson(c), Devon Conway(w), Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult

Afghanistan (Playing XI): Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Shahzad(w), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi(c), Karim Janat, Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Match EndedICC World Twenty20, 2021 - Super 12 - Match 40

New Zealand

125/2 (18.1)


124/8 (20.0)
Match Ended ( Day - Super 12 - Match 40 )
New Zealand beat Afghanistan by 8 wickets

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T20 World Cup, New Zealand vs Afghanistan Highlights: New Zealand beat Afghanistan in match 40 of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.

18:46 (IST)07 Nov 2021
Rashid, the Unrushed 🤴🏻...🌀💯💯💯💯......

Wicket No. 400 and he is just 23. Rashid Khan had Martin Guptill on a hook with a loopy googly and the New Zealander succumbed to the big slog sweep. But the ball never quite arrived. It dipped and Guptill lunged but could only meet thin air as the ball lit up the stumps. At the end of the game, Khan had one of his team-mates hand the ball to him and as he shook hands with the incoming Guptill, he stopped him for a short chat, and gestured the ball clasped on his left hand. Perhaps, an autograph on the ball later? The other day Dale Steyn couldn’t control an incredulous laugh when he was talking about Khan. “Just 22-23. He will play till at least 40-42. How many thousands of wickets is he going to end up with?!”

18:33 (IST)07 Nov 2021
New Zealand win by 8 wickets ⚡

Devon Conway hits the winning runs. New Zealand completes a clinical run chase to qualify for the semifinals of the T20 World Cup.


18:28 (IST)07 Nov 2021
What a Throwback!
18:28 (IST)07 Nov 2021
Fifty partnership

A full toss from Hamid and Williamson pushes it through the vacant extra cover region. The boundary brings up the fifty partnership. New Zealand are heading towards a win.

18:19 (IST)07 Nov 2021
Back to back 4's

Conway takes on Nabi and sweeps him twice to get the boundaries. 13 runs come off the over. New Zealand firm favourites now to progress into the semis. 


18:14 (IST)07 Nov 2021

Williamson reads the googly and he waits for it and then guides it past the diving mid-wicket fielder. No chance for the man in the deep. Superb timing on that shot, didn't over-hit. NZ: 70/2 after 12 ovs

18:02 (IST)07 Nov 2021
News Update:
18:02 (IST)07 Nov 2021
Halfway mark comparison

AFG: 56/4 | NZ: 61/2  | Kane Williamson is in the middle and giving him company is Devon Conway. New Zealand need another 64 runs off 60 balls. Required run-rate is 6.4 RPO 

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18:00 (IST)07 Nov 2021
"Come on skipper, one wicket please?"

Cheeky from Mohammad Shahzad behind the stumps as he taunts Williamson. But Indian fans will be feeling the heat and its time for a throwback to this video below 😳

17:52 (IST)07 Nov 2021
Rashid Khan delivers again 🙌

Guptill goes for a big sweep against him but sees his stumps castled. That means Rashid now has 400 T20 wickets.

Leading wicket-takers in men’s T20 history:

Dwayne Bravo - 553
Sunil Narine - 425
Imran Tahir - 420
Rashid Khan - 400

17:49 (IST)07 Nov 2021
50 up for Kiwis

Perfect powerplay for the Black Caps in this lowish chase. The required rate is well below run-a-ball due to this start and that means they can play Rashid as carefully as they want. How long before Afghanistan unleash their strike bowler. NZ: 50/1 in 7 ovs

17:45 (IST)07 Nov 2021
Blinders, Seekers in cricket's Quidditch 🖐🏽✨

Mitchell's wishlist for superpower was flying: The blur lines between the minor muggle sport of cricket and wizarding major Quidditch are disappearing. Though it was from the country that posed as Middle Earth in Frodo's shire, New Zealand, that the top fielding effort emerged. There was no broomstick in sight, but Daryl Mitchell doesn't seem to need one to fly about when manning the feverish fences. Fanning about cow corner on the first delivery of the last over with Rashid Khan trying to set the tone, Mitchell watched Neesham's short delivery gaining elevation and dipping out-bounds, pulled by the Afghan. It's one of those fielding efforts in vain that look silly when the camera zooms into the fielder's feet that have crossed the boundary rope. But like an ace Seeker for Gryffindor, Mitchell would jump falling backwards, catch hold of the fluttering golden Snitch with the outstretched right hand and fling it safely inbounds to save a sureshot 6. Last ball, with only two runs added by Rashid, and Neesham assuming duties of an effective Beater, it was captain Kane who would pluck Rashid's mistimed ball out of air in the covers, and quieten the golden Snitch.

17:32 (IST)07 Nov 2021
Mujeeb strikes ☝️

Daryl Mitchell falls for 17 caught behind off the first ball of the fourth over to Mujeeb. NZ: 26/1 as Williamson arrives to join Guptill. 

17:29 (IST)07 Nov 2021
NZ off to a good start

Martin Guptill & Daryl Mitchell off to a confident start in 125 chase. NZ: 26/0 after 3 ovs, need another 99 runs to win. Regardless of outcome, Afghanistan have played amazing cricket in this tournament. There is only forwards and upwards for the team.

17:07 (IST)07 Nov 2021
Innings Break:

New Zealand restricts Afghanistan to 124/8 in 20 overs.

17:06 (IST)07 Nov 2021

Daryl Mitchell almost pulls off a one-handed catch for the ages at the ropes, but has to throw it back in... saved four runs though.

16:58 (IST)07 Nov 2021
Milestone Alert

Highest scores for Afghanistan in T20 WCs
73 Najib Zadran v NZ Abu Dhabi 2021
68 Shahzad v HK Chattogram 2014
62 Asghar Afghan v SL Kolkata 2016
61 Shahzad v Sco Nagpur 2016

16:58 (IST)07 Nov 2021

Najibullah departs after playing an impressive knock of 73(48).  His 73 has given Afghanistan's bowlers something to work with. AFG: 119/6 in 18.2 ovs

16:52 (IST)07 Nov 2021
Afghanistan's 100 comes up

However, a silly error from Najibullah as he runs one short. AFG: 101/4 after 17 ovs


16:43 (IST)07 Nov 2021
How good has Najib been?

Najibullah Zadran’s middle overs batting has been a real positive for Afghanistan in today’s game and throughout the T20 World Cup, he’s averaging 52 runs per dismissal with a 126 strike rate across the tournament in the overs 7-15 phase. ( via cricviz)

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First published on: 07-11-2021 at 14:00 IST
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