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Patna : New Zealand (NZ) defeated Afghanistan by 8 wickets in a Group 2 match of ICC T20 World Cup at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE, on November 7, 2021, evening, as fast medium bowler Trent Boult took 3/17 in 4 overs and fellow fast medium bowler Tim Southee took 2/24 in 4 overs. Boult was named Player Of The Match. This was NZ’s 4th win in 5 games.

NZ captain Kane Williamson scored an unbeaten 40 runs in 42 balls with 3 fours while Devon Conway (wk) scored an unbeaten 36 in 32 balls with 4 fours. Afghanistan had won the toss and opted to bat.

Chasing a target of 125 runs, NZ scored 125/2 in 18.1 overs. Openers Martin Guptill and Daryl Mitchell scored 28 and 17 runs respectively. Guptll fell to spinner Rashid Khan while Mitchell fell to Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

Batting first, Afghanistan scored 124/8 in 20 overs with Najibullah Zadran scoring 73 runs in 48 balls hitting 6 fours and 3 sixes. Captain Mohd Nabi scored 14 runs.