Kane Williamson praises Afghanistan’s crushing victory over New Zealand while expressing grace in defeat.

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  1. In cricket, Afghanistan achieved a first-ever international victory over New Zealand. Three times at the ODI World Cup (2015, 2019 and 2023) and once in the T20 World Cup (2021), New Zealand had prevailed in all four prior meetings.

  1. In the men’s World Cup (ODI or T20I), New Zealand’s loss to Afghanistan is their first against a team that is not one of the first eight full-member nations. Of the 39 World Cup matches that New Zealand played against teams outside of the first eight full member nations, it won 37 of them, with one match ending in a washout.

84 The men’s T20 World Cup saw New Zealand lose to Afghanistan by their largest margin ever. Their previous high, when trailing 120 against Sri Lanka in 2014, was 59 runs.
Afghanistan won the most T20 World Cup games of any team, with a margin of victory above 80 runs, for the third time.

75 After their 2014 match against Sri Lanka, New Zealand’s score at the Providence is their second-lowest total in the men’s T20 World Cup. In men’s T20Is, it is also New Zealand’s fourth-lowest total.

In men’s T20Is, New Zealand has been dismissed for less than 100 runs 13 times, which is the second-highest number of any side, after Rwanda (18).

  1. After backing up their 154-run stand against Uganda with a 103-run partnership against New Zealand, Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran became the first opening duo at the men’s T20 World Cup with consecutive partnerships of 100-plus runs.

The other two pairings to share century stands in back-to-back matches at the men’s T20 World Cup are Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli (2014) and Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan (2012).

17 for 4 During the men’s T20 World Cup, Rashid Khan’s bowling statistics against New Zealand are the best of any captain. He outperformed Zeeshan Masood against PNG in 2021 and Daniel Vettori’s 4 for 20 against India in 2007.

  1. The first player with four or more wicket hauls in a row at the T20 World Cup is Fazalhaq Farooqi. He took four wickets against New Zealand to add to his five against Uganda in the opening game.

2 Gurbaz is now the first batter to outscore the opposition in a men’s T20 World Cup game, twice. He scored 76 runs in the previous match against Uganda, who dismissed for 56.

Gurbaz scoring five more than New Zealand’s 75 all out was the seventh instance of a batter outscoring the opponent in a men’s T20 World Cup match.

Three bowlers at the men’s T20 World Cup have taken four or more wickets in the same innings, including Rashid and Farooqi against New Zealand. The two prior incidents involved Pakistan’s Umar Gul and Shahid Afridi against Scotland in 2007 and Afghanistan’s Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid in 2021.

In T20 cricket, Rashid has taken more wickets than any other bowler with 17, surpassing the tally of 16 held by Shakib Al Hasan. Together with Shakib, eight of Rashid’s seventeen four-plus wicket hauls have occurred in Twenty20 Internationals.

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