Afghanistan team expresses regret on dropped catches against New Zealand. New Zealand overpowered Afghanistan by 149 runs.
AFGHANISTAN HEAD COACH UPSET DROPPED CATCHES
The New Zealand cricket team achieved their biggest win of the World Cup 2024 season, defeating Afghanistan by 149 runs. Despite Afghanistan’s momentum from their victory over defending England, they failed to deliver. Afghanistan’s upsetting pattern in the game that pushed them away from the game was their sluggish fielding. They dropped almost five catches. Reacting to Afghanistan’s dull fielding, head coach Jonathan Trott voiced his disappointment. Jonathan Trott said during the post-match press conference that,
“Well, we dropped a catch in the second over and we dropped a few catches, really. We dropped [Rachin] Ravindra on nought, we dropped [Will] Young on nought. So that sort of gives a little bit of momentum to the opposition. I think if we had taken those and with the wicket of [Devon] Conway, we would have been in a much better position as well. Not only like they were, I think they were about 116  for four at one stage. So, we would have been in an even better position had we held on to those catches. But it wasn’t to be and unfortunately, we have to go home regretting those tonight”
Furthermore, the skipper of the Afghanistan cricket team, Hashmatullah Shahidi, expressed his disappointment with the dropped catches. Hashmatullah Shahidi told Star Sports at the post-match presentation that,
“Very disappointed because in this level you have to take those kinds of catches. End of the day, the [dropped] catches hurt us. The team was doing good, but the fielding, because of that we fell a little bit down”
NEXT MATCH WITH PAKISTAN
Afghanistan’s next game is with Pakistan on October 23 at Chepauk Stadium in Chennai. Afghanistan is 9th on the points table.
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