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New Zealand vs Afghanistan LIVE: Cricket score and updates as Kiwis take early wickets in run chase

Follow all the action from M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai as Afghanistan face New Zealand

Sonia Twigg
Wednesday 18 October 2023 16:25 BST
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<p>Top Latham top-scored with 68 as New Zealand set Afghanistan 289 to win</p>

Top Latham top-scored with 68 as New Zealand set Afghanistan 289 to win

Follow live coverage of New Zealand vs Afghanistan from the ODI World Cup today.

Afghanistan have already secured a shock victory in the 2023 Cricket World Cup, against England. They stunned Jos Buttler’s side, and beat the defending champions, who suffered their second loss of the tournament so far, denting their chances of semi-final qualification.

New Zealand have come into the tournament firing on all cylinders. They stormed to a nine-wicket victory against England in the first game of the tournament, in Ahmedabad, and have followed it up with wins over Bangladesh and the Netherlands.

If Afghanistan can perform as they did against England, and they will be hoping for a spin-friendly pitch, then it will truly be an exciting World Cup.

Follow all the latest live coverage of today's match in the live blog below:

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New Zealand vs Afghanistan

Afghanistan need 150 runs to win from 15.2 overs

18 October 2023 16:25
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New Zealand vs Afghanistan

34.4

OUT! Caught. Mitchell Santner to Fazalhaq Farooqi. Stock length ball, to leg on the front foot driving, outside edge to first slip, caught by Mitchell.

18 October 2023 16:25
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34.3

Mitchell Santner to Fazalhaq Farooqi. Stock length ball, middle stump on the front foot defending, to point for no runs, fielded by Conway.

18 October 2023 16:25
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34.2

OUT! Caught. Mitchell Santner to Naveen-ul-Haq. Stock length ball, to leg on the front foot reverse sweeping, top edge in the air uncontrolled to short third man, caught by Chapman.

18 October 2023 16:23
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34.1

Mitchell Santner to Ikram Ali Khil. Stock length ball, outside off stump on the front foot sweeping, to deep square leg for 1 run, fielded by Conway.

18 October 2023 16:22
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33.6

OUT! Caught. Lockie Ferguson to Mujeeb Ur Rahman. Short, down leg side on the back foot pulling, top edge in the air uncontrolled to fine leg, caught by Young.

18 October 2023 16:21
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33.5

Lockie Ferguson to Mujeeb Ur Rahman. Back of a length, down leg side on the back foot driving, to cover for no runs, fielded by Mitchell.

18 October 2023 16:20
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33.4

FOUR! Lockie Ferguson to Mujeeb Ur Rahman. Back of a length, down leg side backing away pulling, well timed in the air under control past deep square leg for 4 runs.

18 October 2023 16:19
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33.3

OUT! Caught. Lockie Ferguson to Rashid Khan. Length ball, down leg side deep in crease driving, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled to cover, caught by Mitchell.

18 October 2023 16:16
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33.2

Lockie Ferguson to Rashid Khan. Short, down leg side ducked Leave, Left for no runs, fielded by Latham.

18 October 2023 16:15

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