World Cup 2019: Gulbadin Naib rues Rashid Khan’s absence after 7-wicket loss to NZ

first_img scorecard commentary India Today Web Desk TauntonJune 9, 2019UPDATED: June 9, 2019 02:13 IST Williamson and Latham took NZ to victory against Afghanistan (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand beat Afghanistan by 7 wickets on SaturdaySpinner Rashid Khan couldn’t bowl after being hit on the head while battingJimmy Neesham was the star for NZ with the ball picking 5 wicketsAfter Afghanistan’s 7-wicket loss to New Zealand in their 2nd match of World Cup 2019, their captain Gulbadin Naib said that he missed the services of star-spinner Rashid Khan who couldn’t take the field during New Zealand’s chase after he was hit by a bouncer from seamer Lockie Ferguson.Having failed two concussion tests, the Afghan team management decided to rest Rashid as a precautionary measure but the team could only pick 3 Kiwi wickets as NZ completed a comfortable victory. Naib also conceded that Afghanistan ‘were not great in the field’ and that contributed to the defeat.”We started really well. Hazrat and Noor were great with the bat. We misread the length of the ball, some of us batsmen, and we threw our wickets away early. So credit to the Kiwi bowlers. We have to play out 50 overs, and it is important for us to stay at the wicket. Our bowlers started well. The wickets did not support the fast bowlers, so we missed out on Rashid. I just tell the boys to keep calm and show a little more composure in the middle. We missed out on saving some boundaries too and we were not great in the field, so we have a long way to go – the improvement at this high level of cricket will happen day by day,” Naib told Star Sports after the match.New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was pleased with his side’s ‘outstanding’ effort and singled out James Neesham and Lockie Ferguson for special praise.advertisement”It was an outstanding effort. There are some world-class players in the Afghan side. I have played with a number of them for a few years. They got off to a good start and it was important to build some pressure in the middle overs, and the way the seamers came back in the middle-overs was fantastic – pace, bounce and a bit of movement did it for them. Lockie doesn’t need a lot of encouragement to turn up the speed. He has been fantastic in the three games so far. The left and right-arm combination helps up top and Neesham hitting the wicket hard with the bounce, pace and the movement – the same with their opening bowlers. The fielding, I think, was great from us. The batting improved from the last match. We have chased three games in a row and we are trying to chase some of the lower targets on surfaces that, if you’re put under pressure, you can pick up wickets. It is important to build partnerships in those situations. Every game you play, you set out to win it, and it’s great to have three wins in a row to start with. We have a couple of days off now, and then we have India after that so we need to adapt to new venues, which is the nature of tournament sport, but the guys will be looking forward to it,” said Williamson.James Neesham who was adjudged the Man of the Match for his best-ever figures of 5/31 said that earlier he had ‘let a few external voices affect’ his bowling but against Afghanistan, he went back to his ‘forte’ of ‘hitting the deck hard’ which yielded expected results.”Pretty pleased with my performance today. Afghanistan put us under pressure very early with the bat, but we knew we had the ability to dent them even after the start they got. The chase was clinical, obviously. Our home conditions are lower and slower, but the bouncy conditions suited me personally, to be honest. I let a few external voices affect my bowling, and I went back to my forte today – hitting the deck hard, and not trying to swing the ball too much,” said Neesham.Also Read | World Cup 2019: New Zealand retain top spot after dominant win over AfghanistanAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Rashid Khan fails concussion test after blow to head in New Zealand gameFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Gulbadin NaibFollow Rashid KhanFollow Kane WilliamsonFollow James Neesham Next No data available! advertisement view more view less World Cup 2019: Gulbadin Naib rues Rashid Khan’s absence after 7-wicket loss to NZA blow to the head while batting meant Rashid Khan couldn’t bowl a single ball during New Zealand’s chase of 173 as Afghanistan succumbed to a second successive loss in World Cup 2019 graphslast_img

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