New Zealand beat Namibia by 52 runs to go at the second spot in Group 2 points table. Defending 164 , the Kane Williamson-led side restricted Namibia to 111/7 in 20 overs with top bowling spells from Tum Southee and Trent Boult. Michael van Lingen top-scored for Namibia with his 25 runs.
“We knew what to expect here, it was a real scrape. We tried to maximise the shorter boundary. We got some reasonable match-ups in the end and got what’s about par on this wicket. Afghanistan are a really, really strong side, they have done so well in this tournament and have got match-winners throughout their side. So looking forward to playing them,” said Williamson at post-match.
James Neesham was adjudged as player of the match for his all-round show. He scored 35 runs while batting and picked a single wicket in his 1 over bowling.
“For us it’s just about trying to do what we do. Trying to set up a good total. We were trying to get bat on ball as much as possible. We knew anything above 150 would be good. My bowling hasn’t been required as much in this tournament as we have been going with five frontline bowlers but I am always happy to contribute when called upon,” said Neesham.
With this win New Zealand movies up to the second position in Group 2 points table where they have 6 points.