ICC World Cup 2023 New Zealand vs Afghanistan, 16th Match Highlights: NZ won by 149 runs

Get live updates and scores of the 16th match between New Zealand and Afghanistan in the ICC World Cup 2023. Stay informed about the thrilling cricket action between these two teams.

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ODI World Cup 2023 New Zealand vs Afghanistan 16th Match MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

The 16th match of the highly anticipated ICC Men's ODI World Cup 2023 is set to take place on Wednesday, October 18, at the iconic MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. This thrilling encounter will feature the powerhouse team of New Zealand facing off against the spirited Afghanistan side. As we gear up for this exciting clash, let's delve into the ODI stats and records at MA Chidambaram Stadium, examine the pitch report, and take a look at the weather forecast for the match.

  New Zealand vs Afghanistan 16th Match
  publive-image  NZ won by 149 runs
publive-imageNZ   288/6 (50)
publive-imageAFG   139/10 (34.4)
  Venue   MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
  Date & Time   Wed, Oct 18, 02:00 PM IST
  Toss   AFG opt to bowl
  Player of the Match   Glenn Phillips

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NZ vs AFG Match Highlights


NZ inning:

In the cricket match between AFG and NZ, AFG won the toss and chose to bowl first. During the powerplay, NZ managed to score 43 runs on the scoreboard but lost one wicket. Conway was unfortunately given out lbw after scoring 20 runs. Young played exceptionally well and reached a half-century by scoring 54 runs off 64 balls, including 4 fours and 3 sixes. Latham also contributed significantly with an impressive innings of 68 runs off 74 balls. Meanwhile, Phillips showcased his skills by adding a notable contribution of 71 runs off 80 balls to the team's total score. AFG's bowlers Naveen and Azmatullah were successful in taking two wickets each.

AFG inning:


In pursuit of a target of 289 runs, the Afghanistan (AFG) team had a slow start to their innings, managing only 28 runs in the powerplay while losing 2 wickets. Gurbaz (11) and Zardan (14) were dismissed one after the other. Rahmat contributed 36 runs from 62 deliveries. The New Zealand (NZ) bowlers Ferguson and Santner claimed 3 wickets each, while Boult took 2 wickets. AFG's innings came to an end in the 34.4th over with a total score of 139 runs, resulting in a comprehensive defeat by NZ with a considerable margin of 149 runs.


Top Performers of the Match

  Batting Prowess
  Batter   Team   R   B   4s   6s   SR
  Young   NZ   54   64   4   3   84.38
  Latham   NZ   68   74   3   2   91.89
  Phillips   NZ   71   80   4   4   88.75


  Bowling Prowess
  Bolwer   Team   O   M   R   W   NB   WD   ECO
  Ferguson   NZ   7    1   19   3   0   1   2.70
  Santner   NZ   7.4   0   39   3   0   1   5.10
  Boult   NZ   7   1   18   2   0   2   2.60


Match Details

The highly anticipated 16th match of the World Cup 2023 between New Zealand and Afghanistan is scheduled to happen on October 18th at the renowned MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The exciting clash will kick off at 02:00 PM IST.


Chennai Weather Forecast

The weather forecast for the New Zealand vs Afghanistan match in Chennai seems promising. While there is a slight 10% chance of rain, the majority of the day is expected to have clear, sunny skies. The humidity is predicted to be around 71%, with a temperature of approximately 32 degrees Celsius. Wind may blow at a speed of 18 kmph, adding an extra element for the players to consider during the game.

MA Chidambaram Stadium Pitch Report


The pitch at M.A. Chidambaram Stadium is renowned for its slower tempo, making it a paradise for spinners. As the match progresses, the surface tends to slightly improve, providing some assistance for stroke play in the later stages. A recent game between Bangladesh and New Zealand showcased a competitive encounter with a modest scoreline, emphasizing the challenges batsmen face on this pitch.

Stadium Cap  Wicket Nature Avg ODI Score (runs) Win Prob
M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai 38,000 Slow/ Solid and Dry Bowling- Friendly (Spin) 224  Batting First


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NZ vs AFG ODI Head-to-Head Record

The two teams have faced each other on just two occasions in one-day matches, and on both occasions, the New Zealand team emerged victorious. The first encounter took place in Napier during the 2015 edition of the World Cup, while the second match happened in Taunton during the 2019 World Cup.

Team Watch: New Zealand

New Zealand's campaign in the World Cup has been marred by injuries and unexpected setbacks. Their captain, Kane Williamson, has been ruled out due to an undisplaced fracture in his left thumb. In his absence, Will Young will step in and take charge. The team will also rely heavily on the experienced leadership of Tom Latham, who will be responsible for guiding the team on the field. With a strong batting lineup and a formidable bowling attack, New Zealand will aim to maintain their winning streak in the tournament.

Tactics & Strategy: New Zealand

New Zealand's success in this match will depend on their ability to neutralize Afghanistan's opening batsmen, Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmanullah Gurbaz. Both these players have shown their prowess in recent matches, and New Zealand's bowlers, especially Trent Boult, will need to find a way to break through their defense. Boult's expertise in handling left-handed batsmen will be crucial in this encounter. The New Zealand team should also focus on building partnerships and setting a challenging target for Afghanistan to chase.


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Team Watch: Afghanistan

Afghanistan's recent victory over England has sent shockwaves through the cricketing world. They have proven that they are not to be underestimated and are capable of defeating the strongest of opponents. Captain Hashmatullah Shahidi has promised to play "more positive cricket" in this match, aiming to continue their winning streak. The team will heavily rely on their star players, including Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Rahmat Shah, and Mohammad Nabi, to deliver strong performances.

Tactics & Strategy: Afghanistan

Afghanistan's strategy will revolve around exploiting New Zealand's vulnerability against spin bowling. Mohammad Nabi, with his crafty spin variations, can prove to be a challenging bowler for New Zealand's left-handed batsmen. The team should also focus on building partnerships and capitalizing on the powerplay overs. Rashid Khan's leg-spin will play a crucial role in containing New Zealand's batsmen and taking crucial wickets.

NZ vs AFG Playing XI

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

Bench: Ish Sodhi, James Neesham, Tim Southee

Support Staff: Gary Stead, Luke Ronchi, Shane Jurgensen

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

Bench: Najibullah Zadran, Abdul Rahman, Riaz Hassan, Noor Ahmad

Support Staff: Jonathan Trott, Raees Ahmadzai, Hamid Hassan, Ryan Maron


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The clash between New Zealand and Afghanistan promises to be a thrilling encounter. Both teams have shown their mettle in the tournament, and they will leave no stone unturned to secure a crucial victory. The players will battle it out on the field, showcasing their skills and determination. As cricket enthusiasts, we can expect an exhilarating match that will keep us on the edge of our seats. Let's wait and watch as these cricket titans go head-to-head in pursuit of victory.

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