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CWC23: New Zealand secure dominating win over Afghanistan 

11:49 AM | 18 Oct, 2023
CWC23: New Zealand secure dominating win over Afghanistan 
Source: ICC/Twitter

CHENNAI – A stunning bowling performance guided New Zealand to secure a 149-run victory over Afghanistan with ease in a match of the Cricket World Cup 2023 in Chennai, India, on Wednesday. 

After opening pair Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahin Zadran failed to take a strong start, Rahmat Shah tried to boost the chase but he was removed for 36. 

Later, no other player except Azmat Omarzai, who made 27, could show performance with bat as the team was bowled out for 139 in 34.4 overs.

Earlier, New Zealand set a target of 289 runs for inspired Afghanistan.

Opening batsman Will Young scored 54 in a bid to take a strong start for his side but he could not get support from his partner Devon Conway, who was dismissed for 20. 

Rachin Ravindra was sent to pavilion for 32 while Daryl Mitchell was removed for cheap scores. Later, Tom Latham (68) and Glenn Phillips (71) built a much-needed fifth wicket partnership to give a boost to the total. 

Mark Champan played a knock of 25 off 12 to raise the total.

Kiwis are touted as strong candidate to advance in the game as they have not yet lost a game so far. Currently ranking at number 2 on the points table under India, the Latham led side carries 3 back-to-back victories with a net run rate (NRR) of +1.604.

Afghanistan on the other hand coming to this match with their stunning triumph against England. With the surprise, the Asian side jumped to the sixth spot on the points table.

So far, the Kiwis played two ODIs against Afghanistan, and both games took place in past World Cups. Four years back, Black Caps defeated Afghans by 7, but they are facing a completely different side this time in a leading cricket event.

Hashmatullah Shahidi, Rashid Khan, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman remained the powerhouses for the squad.

Pitch conditions at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium are favorable for spin bowlers. Openers may find the comparatively slow pace of the wicket to be an added challenge.

Afghanistan vs New Zealand squads

New Zealand (probable): Devon Conway, Will Young, Rachin Ravindra, Tom Latham (c, wk), 5 Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Mark Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult

Afghanistan (probable): Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Alikhil (wk), Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 20 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains marginally same against US Dollar and other currencies on April 20, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound stands at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 20 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71


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