T20 WC: Williamson ready for 'tough' England challenge after Afghanistan win
- New Zealand defeated Afghanistan by eight wickets
- They will now play England in the semi-finals, provided Pakistan win their last group game
- Williamson praised the bowlers for their performance against Afghanistan
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, after his side's win against Afghanistan on Sunday, said that he is looking forward to their clash against England in the semi-finals stage. The Black Caps defeated Mohammed Nabi's Afghanistan by eight wickets.
Williamson praised the Kiwi bowlers for setting up their win, which paved the way for their entry into the T20 World Cup semi-finals. New Zealand chased down a 125-run target with 11 balls to spare. They are set for a top-2 finish in Group 2. Their win sent India out of the tournament.
"Strong performance. We know how dangerous this Afghanistan side is. Nice for us to be able to set the tone with the ball, take wickets early and then keep them to below-par total. 150-155 would have been par," Williamson said at the post-match presentation.
New Zealand will now face England, their 2019 ODI World Cup final opponents, in the semi-finals if Pakistan don't crash to a shocking defeat against Scotland.
"It has certainly been a challenge to adjust quickly to three different venues. Another strong challenge coming up. England are a very strong side. For us it is important we keep learning and building on. Incredibly tough competition. Looking forward to the occasion," said Williamson. The captain remained unbeaten on 40 as his side completed the task without much trouble.
Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi said his team did not start well as the lost three wickets inside power play.
"Nice to get the peformance this afternoon. The boys are in good spirits. Some big games coming up. Wickets have been different during the day games and night games so nice to have experienced both," said Boult who took three wickets for 17 runs in the match.
"England are playing good cricket. It is going to be a challenge."