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NZ vs AFG: Kiwis registered their second lowest total in T20WC

T20 World Cup 2024 NZ vs AFG: The New Zealand cricket team registered their second-lowest total in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup by scoring 75 against Afghanistan in Guyana. Kiwis 60 against Sri Lanka in the 2014 T20 World Cup was their lowest total in the tournament.

NZ Registered their Second Lowest Total in T20 World Cup History

New Zealand created this unwanted record in their first game of the 2024 edition played on June 7 against Afghanistan. Glenn Phillips’ 18 was the highest individual score for the New Zealand batters.

Fazalhaq Farooqi and captain Rashid Khan played a vital role in Afghanistan’s success by bagging 4 wickets each. Mohammad Nabi bagged a couple of wickets and played a handle role in the team’s success.

Speaking of the game, New Zealand opted to bowl first after winning the toss, where Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran opened the inning. The duo added 103 runs for the first wicket and made an impressive start for Afghanistan. Gurbaz secured his second half-century of the tournament during the process.

Though they made a century stand for their first wicket their net run rate was not up to the mark. Afghanistan crossed the 100 runs mark in the middle of the 14th over which is nearly 7 runs per over.

Afghan middle-order batters failed to make an impact with the bat and fell cheaply for New Zealand’s quality bowling attack.

While Gurbaz was expected to score the first century of the tournament, the right-hander lost his wicket in the final after scoring 80 runs from 56 balls. With a couple of dismissals in that over, Afghanistan managed to score just 3 runs which made them finish their inning with a score of 159.

With the half-century, Gurbaz becomes the leading run-scorer of the tournament with a tally of 156 runs. Still, Aaron Jones’ unbeaten 94 remains the highest individual score of the T20 World Cup 2024.

New Zealand made a struggling start in their chasing inning. Fazalhaq Farooqi dismissed Finn Allen in the very first delivery of the inning and shocked the NZ batters.

Following his dismissal, New Zealand batters struggled to face the aggressive Afghan bowling attack and started to fall cheaply. Without much contribution from the batters, New Zealand managed to score only 75 runs for 10 wickets.

After winning their first game by 125 runs, the Afghans won their second game by 84 runs and retained the top spot in the points table with a whopping run rate of +5.225.

Lowest Totals in T20 World Cup – Top 20

Team Score Overs RR Inns Opposition Ground Match Date
Netherlands 39 10.3 3.71 1 v Sri Lanka Chattogram 24 Mar 2014
Netherlands 44 10 4.4 1 v Sri Lanka Sharjah 22 Oct 2021
West Indies 55 14.2 3.83 1 v England Dubai (DICS) 23 Oct 2021
Uganda 58 16 3.62 2 v Afghanistan Providence 3 Jun 2024
New Zealand 60 15.3 3.87 2 v Sri Lanka Chattogram 31 Mar 2014
Scotland 60 10.2 5.8 2 v Afghanistan Sharjah 25 Oct 2021
Ireland 68 16.4 4.08 2 v West Indies Providence 30 Apr 2010
Hong Kong 69 17 4.05 2 v Nepal Chattogram 16 Mar 2014
Bangladesh 70 15.4 4.46 2 v New Zealand Eden Gardens 26 Mar 2016
Afghanistan 72 17.1 4.19 1 v Bangladesh Mirpur 16 Mar 2014
U.A.E. 73 17.1 4.25 2 v Sri Lanka Geelong 18 Oct 2022
Kenya 73 16.5 4.33 1 v New Zealand Durban 12 Sep 2007
Bangladesh 73 15 4.86 1 v Australia Dubai (DICS) 4 Nov 2021
New Zealand 75 15.2 4.89 2 v Afghanistan Providence 7 Jun 2024
Sri Lanka 77 19.1 4.01 1 v South Africa New York 3 Jun 2024
P.N.G. 77 19.1 4.01 1 v Uganda Providence 5 Jun 2024
India 79 18.1 4.34 2 v New Zealand Nagpur 15 Mar 2016
Afghanistan 80 17.2 4.61 2 v England Colombo (RPS) 21 Sep 2012
Afghanistan 80 16 5 2 v South Africa Bridgetown 5 May 2010
England 80 14.4 5.45 2 v India Colombo (RPS) 23 Sep 2012
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