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Afghanistan's Fielding Woes Cost Them Victory Against Unbeaten New Zealand in ICC Cricket World Cup

  • Posted on October 19, 2023
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In a recent ICC Cricket World Cup clash, Afghanistan's fielding mishaps proved costly as they faced New Zealand, who had maintained an unbeaten streak in the tournament. The game unfolded on a Wednesday, with New Zealand showcasing its prowess in the ICC Men's ODI World Cup 2023.

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In a recent ICC Cricket World Cup clash, Afghanistan's fielding mishaps proved costly as they faced New Zealand, who had maintained an unbeaten streak in the tournament. The game unfolded on a Wednesday, with New Zealand showcasing its prowess in the ICC Men's ODI World Cup 2023.

During the match, Afghanistan's fielders gave multiple chances to the Kiwi batters, which later cost them dearly. New Zealand managed to score a total of 288 runs, powered by remarkable half-centuries from opener Will Young, skipper Tom Latham, and Glenn Phillips. Unfortunately, Afghanistan dropped several catches, allowing these batters to set a formidable target on the scoreboard.

The first missed opportunity came in the second over when Falzalhaq Farooqi was bowling. Rahmat Shah, positioned at wide slip, failed to hold onto a catch from Will Young. Young capitalized on this mistake, going on to score 54 runs, including four fours and three sixes.

Afghanistan's sloppy fielding continued when they dropped Rachin Ravindra, who was yet to score, in the ninth over during Mujeeb Ur Rahman's bowling. At that point, New Zealand's score was 42/1.

In the 20th over, wicketkeeper Ikram Alikhil missed a stumping chance while Rachin Ravindra was at the crease. Fortunately, this mistake didn't prove costly, as Rachin Ravindra was soon dismissed, scoring 32 runs.

As the game progressed, New Zealand lost two more wickets, with the scoreboard showing 110/4. Tom Latham and Glenn Phillips took the reins, adding 144 runs on 153 balls, positioning New Zealand comfortably at 254 runs. However, even these batters got a reprieve as Afghanistan dropped catches.

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Tom Latham was dropped twice, first in the 41st over by Mujeeb Ur Rahman and then again in Rashid Khan's over. Latham was eventually dismissed after scoring 68 runs. Glenn Phillips also received a lifeline when Rashid Khan made a valiant effort but couldn't hold onto the catch. Phillips ended with 71 runs.

Afghanistan's subpar fielding proved to be a significant factor, as New Zealand could have been restricted to a much lower total. In their chase of a substantial target, Afghanistan's batting lineup faltered, and they were all out for 139 runs. Mitchell Santner and Lockie Ferguson took three wickets each.

In short, Afghanistan's missed opportunities in the field allowed New Zealand to maintain their winning streak in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, emphasizing the critical role of fielding in the sport.

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