If Afghanistan can take anything from their defeat to New Zealand today in Napier, it will be that they fought back from a position of peril to make a higher score than both Australia and England were able to manage against New Zealand.
After Afghan captain Mohammed Nabi - playing in his (and Afghanistan's) 50th ODI, won the toss and chose to bat, the Afghan innings got off to a poor start as they soon found themselves on 24-3. A mini recovery took them to 49 when the fourth wicket fell, but two more fell in quick succession and they were well in trouble on 59-6.
If there is one thing that Afghanistan possess in spades though, it's the ability to fight back. And with Najibullah Zadran and Samiullah Shenwari, they began to do so. The pair put on 86 for the seventh wicket, with Zadran hitting 56 at exactly a run a ball. He hit one six so big it landed on the roof of the tallest stand in the stadium.
Shenwari played a little more within himself, though he did unleash a few boundaries, including one six. He was eventually the ninth man out having scored 54. Hamid Hassan played a brief cameo, with all of his 16 runs coming in fours, helping take the Afghan total to 186 before they were bowled out, a very good recovery from 59-6.
As was the case against England and Scotland, New Zealand had very little trouble chasing down their target. Martin Guptill top scored for them with 57, whilst Brendon McCullum scored a typically ferocious innings, hitting 42 from just 19 balls. New Zealand completed their six wicket win in 36.1 overs.
Defeat today means that Afghanistan are out of the running for the quarter finals, but they still have one game left, against England on Friday. With England looking almost completely out of form so far, Afghanistan will no doubt be looking to record a consolation win.
New Zealand beat Afghanistan by 6 wickets
McLean Park, Napier, 8 March
Afghanistan 186 (47.4 overs, Najibullah Zadran 56, Samiullah Shenwari 54, D Vettori 4-18)
New Zealand 188-4 (36.1 overs, M Guptill 57, B McCullum 42)