New Zealand cemented their spot at the top of the cricket World Cup league table with a seven-wicket victory over minnows Afghanistan thanks to an unbeaten half-century by Kane Williamson and fine bowling by their seam attack led by Jimmy Neesham.
The Kiwis, despite losing Martin Guptill first ball of their innings, never looked in any serious trouble chasing a paltry 173 for victory at Taunton as Williamson and Ross Taylor shared a century partnership for the third wicket before getting home with more than 17 overs to spare.
Williamson top-scored with an unbeaten 79 after surviving a missed run-out chance on 22. He hit nine boundaries in his 99-ball innings.
Earlier, Afghanistan’s batting woes continued after their openers got them off to a brisk start’ with openers Hazratullah Zazai and Noor Ali Zadran putting on 66 by the 11th over.