T20 World Cup: NZ captain Williamson praises bowlers for keep Afghanistan batters silent

The
Black
Caps
chased
down
a
small
target
of
125
with
11
balls
to
spare
to
secure
a
top-2
finish
in
Group
2
with
eight
points
from
five
matches.
The
win
also
sent
India
out
of
the
tournament.

“Strong
performance.
We
know
how
dangerous
this
Afghanistan
side
is.
Nice
for
us
to
be
able
to
set
the
tone
with
the
ball,
take
wickets
early
and
then
keep
them
to
below-par
total.
150-155
would
have
been
par,”
Williamson
said
at
the
post-match
presentation.

“It
has
certainly
been
a
challenge
to
adjust
quickly
to
three
different
venues.”
New
Zealand
will
face
England

the
2019
ODI
World
Cup
winners
and
their
opponents
in
that
final

in
the
semifinals,
provided
Pakistan
don’t
crash
to
a
shocking
defeat
against
Scotland
in
the
day’s
other
game.

“Another
strong
challenge
coming
up.
England
are
a
very
strong
side.
For
us
it
is
important
we
keep
learning
and
building
on.
Incredibly
tough
competition.
Looking
forward
to
the
occasion,”
said
Williamson
who
remained
not
out
on
40
as
his
side
completed
the
task
without
much
trouble.

Afghanistan
captain
Mohammad
Nabi
said
his
team
did
not
start
well
as
they
lost
three
wickets
inside
power
play.
“This
has
been
our
plan
to
win
the
toss
and
put
on
a
decent
total
on
the
board.
But
we
didn’t
start
well.
Then
Najib
brought
us
back
but
again
we
didn’t
finish
back,”
he
said.

“150-160
would
have
been
a
decent
total
on
this
pitch.
On
this
kind
of
pitch,
this
is
not
a
decent
total.”
Nabi
said
his
side
will
need
to
improve
in
the
batting
department
in
future.

“Still
we
tried
our
best
with
the
ball.
We
played
good
cricket
in
the
tournament,
and
we
will
take
a
lot
of
positives.
We
need
to
correct
the
mistakes
we
made
with
the
bat.”
Player
of
the
Match
Trent
Boult
said
he
is
looking
forward
to
the
semifinals
against
England.

“Nice
to
get
the
performance
this
afternoon.
The
boys
are
in
good
spirits.
Some
big
games
coming
up.
Wickets
have
been
different
during
the
day
games
and
night
games
so
nice
to
have
experienced
both,”
said
Boult
who
took
three
wickets
for
17
runs
in
the
match.
“England
are
playing
good
cricket.
It
is
going
to
be
a
challenge.”

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