Shahidi: ‘At this degree, you must take these catches’

Shahidi himself put an opportunity down as Afghanistan shelled as many as 5 catches, and missed a stumping, to let New Zealand off the hook after having them at 110 for 4 within the twenty second over.

“Very disappointed because in this level you have to take those kinds of catches. End of the day, the [dropped] catches hurt us,” Shahidi stated on the post-match presentation ceremony. “The team was doing good, but the fielding, because of that we fell a little bit down.”

New Zealand had acquired to 210 after 44 overs, however Glenn Phillips, Tom Latham and Mark Chapman teed off on the dying, smashing 78 runs within the final six overs.

Latham and Phillips, who had steadied New Zealand with a 100-run stand till the 44-over mark, had each acquired reprieves and Shahidi stated that having set batters within the center made it robust for them to cease the runs stream.

“Last six overs it was a lot of runs scored by the New Zealand team. Still, we dropped two catches before 40th over. So that partnership went on, the set batsmen were there, so we couldn’t stop them. We tried their best but everything went their way.”

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