NZ Pacers Impress once again

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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NZ Pacers Impress once again

Afghanistan banked on their attack when they chose to bat first, with mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman back in the lineup after recovering from injury.

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NZ Pacers Impress once again

They needed a decent batting Powerplay, though, and could hardly have done any worse.

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NZ Pacers Impress once again

Mohammad Shahzad was the first to go, trying to larrup an Adam Milne bouncer over third man,

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NZ Pacers Impress once again

and managing only to send an edge through to wicketkeeper Conway

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(who did excellently to get a glove behind it, and complete the catch on the second rebound), in the third over.

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NZ Pacers Impress once again

Trent Boult then had Hazratullah Zazai caught at short midwicket.

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Soon after, Tim Southee had Rahmanullah Gurbaz lbw.

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After six overs, Afghanistan were 23 for 3, and had struck just three boundaries - one of which was an unintentional top edge.

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With this win NZ have not only ended Afghanistan's semi-final hopes, but also those of India, whom they had beaten earlier in the tournament.

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