There has been heavy support for Afghanistan from the Indian fans over the last couple of days as a victory for Mohammad Nabi’s side over the Kiwis will keep India alive in the competition for a semi-final slot. Or, should New Zealand defeat Afghanistan, Kane Williamson’s team will qualify for the semi-final along with Pakistan who were the first team to seal a semi-final spot with 4 wins in 4 matches.
The hopes of the Indian fans were given a major dent when Afghanistan lost three wickets in the powerplay.
Seeing, New Zealand bowlers on top, the ‘Cricket Pakistan’ website’s Twitter handle then asked the mood of the Indian fans.
That cheeky take didn’t go down well with Wasim Jaffer, who responded in his witty way, reminding that India are still 12-1 up over the Men In Green in World Cups.
“Had a heavy lunch between 12-1, still feeling full,” Wasim Jaffer replied.
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) November 7, 2021
Najibullah Zadran fights back after New Zealand bowlers pick early wickets
After electing to bowl first, New Zealand took control of the game in the powerplay with three wickets. Adam Milne bounced out Mohammad Shahzad, Trent Boult had Hazratullah Zazai via a leading edge, caught at mid-wicket. Tim Southee then trapped Rahmanullah Gurbaz plumb in front of stumps. Afghanistan were 23/3 at the end of the powerplay.
Despite his side being in a pickle, Najibullah Zadran was not shedding his attacking instincts. He creamed a flurry of boundaries but saw his partner, Gulbadin Naib, inside edging Ish Sodhi onto the stumps.
After a period of lull, Najibullah clubbed Mitchell Santner for a couple of maximums and soon raised his fifty off 33 balls. At the time of writing, Afghanistan are 91/4 at the 15-over mark.