Spectacular bowling from Daniel Vettori followed by a calm and composed half-century from Martin Guptill helped New Zealand chase down a modest Afghanistan target of 187, winning their World Cup game by six wickets at McLean Park.
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, who suffered a blow on his forearm during his innings against Australia on Saturday, has been cleared of serious injury and is expected to take the field for his side's next game on Friday.
Brendon McCullum pummeled the third fastest World Cup half-century, while calm and composed Kane Williamson survived a Mitchell Starc storm as New Zealand held their nerve to post a one-wicket against Australia at Auckland.
Ahead of their much anticipated World Cup clash against Australia on Saturday, Brendon McCullum was confident, affirming that his side will be tough to defeat if they execute their plans to perfection in Eden Park.
Australian captain Michael Clarke, who is set to play his first international match after recovering from a hamstring injury, stated that he is excited and ready to go ahead of the big match against New Zealand on Saturday in Auckland.