CWC 2023: New Zealand made a shocking record by defeating Afghanistan

New Zealand created history by defeating Afghanistan by 149 runs in the 16th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 in Chennai on Wednesday. In the match played at MA Chidambaram Stadium, New Zealand, batting first, scored 288 runs losing 6 wickets in 50 overs. In reply, Afghanistan team was reduced to 139 runs in 34.4 overs.

This is New Zealand’s fourth consecutive win in the 2023 World Cup and they have once again become number 1 in the points table. The Kiwi team ousted India from the top spot. At the same time, this was Afghanistan’s third defeat in four matches and it is in 9th place.

The victory over Afghanistan was very special for New Zealand. The Kiwis registered their second biggest win in terms of runs in the history of the World Cup. New Zealand’s biggest win in terms of runs in the World Cup was recorded in Birmingham in 1975, when they defeated East Africa by 181 runs. Wednesday’s 149-run win against Afghanistan secured second place.

New Zealand defeated Kenya by 148 runs at Gros Islet in the 2007 ODI World Cup, their third biggest win in terms of runs in World Cup history. New Zealand defeated West Indies by 143 runs in Wellington in 2015. This was New Zealand’s fourth biggest win in World Cup history.

With the help of half-centuries from Will Young (54), captain Tom Latham (68) and Glenn Phillips (71), New Zealand made a respectable score of 288 runs against Afghanistan. Then Mitchell Santner and Lockie Ferguson did not allow the Afghan batsmen to stay on the crease and won the match by a huge margin.

New Zealand will play its next match against India on Sunday. Afghanistan will face Pakistan on Monday.