Veteran Vettori seals success for Kiwis
VETERAN off-spinner Dan Vettori became the first New Zealand player to take 300 ODI wickets in the six wicket-victory against Afghanistan that almost certainly guaranteed the Black Caps top spot in Pool A.
Vettori ripped through the Afghani top order, finishing with 4-18 from 10 overs at Napier.
After winning the toss and batting first, Afghanistan slumped to 6-59 before Samiullah Shenwari (54 off 110) and Najibullah Zadran (56 off 56), helped the underdogs reach 186.
That was never going to be enough, New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum blasting 42 off 19 to get the run chase away to a flying start.
The co-hosts eventually reached the target with 13.5 overs to spare, and will finish top of their pool with a win in the final game against Bangladesh in Hamilton on Friday.
Meanwhile, all-rounder Glenn Maxwell helped Australia reach an imposing 9-376 yesterday against a gallant Sri Lanka at the SCG, blasting 102 off 53 balls in the 64-run victory.
Maxwell notched the fastest one-day international century by an Australian, and second-quickest World Cup hundred. The score was the fourth-highest one-day total by Australia, and its highest at the SCG.
But Sri Lanka, spearheaded by veterans Kumar Sangakkara (104) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (62), launched a bold challenge to tally 312 in reply after James Faulkner (3-48) was the pick of the Australian bowlers.