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AUS vs AFG: Afghanistan Shocks Australia, Keeps Semifinal Hopes Alive

Opting to bat first after winning the toss, Afghanistan posted 148/6 in 20 overs, anchored by Rahmanullah Gurbaz's brisk 60 and Ibrahim Zadran's solid 51

Edited By : Aniket Raj | Updated: Jun 23, 2024 09:40 IST
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AUS vs AFG: In a thrilling encounter, Afghanistan secured a memorable victory over Australia by 21 runs at the Super 8 stage of the tournament.

Afghanistan Innings: Afghanistan, after winning the toss and opting to bat, posted a competitive total of 148/6 in their allotted 20 overs. Rahmanullah Gurbaz provided a solid start with a brisk 60 off 49 deliveries, supported by Ibrahim Zadran’s 51 off 48 balls. Contributions from Karim Janat (13) and Rashid Khan (25) bolstered their innings, enabling them to reach a defendable total. The Afghan lower order chipped in with valuable runs to push the score to 148. Gulbadin Naib was not out on 10 off just 4 balls.

Australia Innings: Chasing 149 for victory, Australia’s top order struggled against Afghanistan’s bowling attack. They lost wickets at regular intervals and were unable to build substantial partnerships. Mitchell Marsh top-scored with 12 runs off 9 balls, while Glenn Maxwell made a quick 59 off 41 deliveries, showing some resistance. However, Afghanistan’s bowlers, led by Gulbadin Naib’s impressive 4-wicket haul, kept the pressure on Australia. Naib finished with figures of 4/10 in 2 overs. Rashid Khan and Naveen-ul-Haq also contributed with crucial wickets.

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Australia faltered towards the end of their innings, bowled out for 127 in 19.2 overs, falling short of Afghanistan’s total by 21 runs.

Key Performances in AUS vs AFG match:

  • Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib’s 4/10, supported by economical spells from Rashid Khan and Naveen-ul-Haq, proved decisive in restricting Australia.
  • Australia: Glenn Maxwell’s aggressive innings of 59 off 41 balls was the standout performance, but lacked substantial support from other batsmen.

Result: Afghanistan won the match by 21 runs, marking a historic victory in their cricketing journey, and enhancing their prospects in the tournament.

This victory showcased Afghanistan’s growing prowess in international cricket, while Australia faced a setback despite Maxwell’s valiant effort.

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First published on: Jun 23, 2024 09:40 AM IST

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