BAN vs NZ, World Cup 2019: Kane Williamson praises Black Caps quicks after 'outstanding' win

New Zealand coasted to a third World Cup victory out of three after Jimmy Neesham and Lockie Ferguson tore through Afghanistan.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson struck an unbeaten 79 in his team's seven-wicket win.   -  Getty Images

Kane Williamson praised Jimmy Neesham and Lockie Ferguson for setting up New Zealand's emphatic seven-wicket Cricket World Cup win over Afghanistan.

The Black Caps made it three wins out of three in the tournament in Taunton on Saturday after Afghanistan was skittled out for 172. Neesham (5 for 31) claimed his maiden five-wicket ODI haul and Ferguson took 4 for 37 to become the leading wicket-taker in the World Cup with eight dismissals.

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Captain Williamson then struck an unbeaten 79 and Ross Taylor made 48 after Aftab Alam (3 for 45) had got rid of Martin Guptill off the first ball of the innings.

Williamson reflected on a job well done on a painful day for Afghanistan, which was without Rashid Khan in the field after he was struck by a rapid short ball from Ferguson.

'Outstanding win'

"It was an outstanding win. They have a few world-class players, they got off to a very good start, but we stuck to our plans, [it's] great to see the way the seamers came back," said the skipper.

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"Lockie is a fast bowler, his role is to bowl fast. It doesn't need much encouragement to get him up. He's made a big difference because of the left-arm right-arm combination. Neesham was superb as well, there was pace and movement and he used the conditions well. My form has been alright, just doing a job for the team.

"We've now chased three games in a row. It's great to win every game you play. We've got a couple of days off, which the guys will look forward to before we play India in a few days' time."