New Zealand tick all the boxes

New Zealand 125 for 2 (Williamson 40*, Conway 36*) beat Afghanistan 124 for 8 (Najibullah 73, Boult 3-17, Southee 2-24) by eight wickets

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New Zealand tick all the boxes

The target of 125 didn't need much chasing, really. At no point did New Zealand seem rushed.

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New Zealand tick all the boxes

Mujeeb struck at the start of the fourth over, when a carrom ball that didn't really turn caught Daryl Mitchell's outside edge,

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New Zealand tick all the boxes

but Afghanistan really needed a couple more wickets in the Powerplay if they were really going to challenge New Zealand.

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New Zealand tick all the boxes

Instead, Kane Williamson came out and played an ice-cool innings, almost never taking a risk,

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working the singles, striking only the occasional boundary, as he strolled to 40 not out off 42.

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Conway's stay was not quite as assured, but despite having nicked a ball early in his innings (Afghanistan barely appealed), made his way to 36 not out off 32.

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The whole thing was, we could say, drama-free.

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