Adelaide: Australia won against Afghanistan by 4 runs on Friday and Glenn Maxwell became the Player of the Month 2022. As Afghanistan had put strong fight and lost the game by just 4 runs, it has made the NRR of Australia in negative. Now, the chances of Australia going into semis depends on England vs Sri Lanka.
Rashid Khan has jeopardise the obvious chances of Australia to sail into semis by hitting in the end. He garnered 48 runs off 23 balls and his side lost by just 4 runs. This has caused Australia’s NRR go in negative and there are chances that the semi-finalists are decided on its basis if England win.
Glenn Maxwell hopes for Sri Lanka to win against England
Glenn Maxwell said that they hope for Sri Lanka to do the job. “To have an impact is nice. During the day, it was quite slow and taking spin, it was holding up a little bit. It was quite hard to press the issue. We got to about the 12th over mark where we just had to put a total on the board to make sure we gave ourselves a chance of winning the game. Even though we were trying to go hard, they bowled extremely well in the last four overs.”
“They executed their plans and it was hard to get away. We’ll be following it (England vs Sri Lanka), we put ourselves in this situation, but hopefully Sri Lanka can do the job for us,” he added.
Afghanistan fight hard against Australia
Australia had put 168 runs on board after put to bat first. Afghanistan bowlers had put a strong fight as they dismissed most of Aussies players cheaply. Mitchell Marsh (45), Glenn Maxwell (54) were the only high scoring batsmen. David Warner and Marcus Stoinis each scored 25 runs and other than these, no player could go even in double digits.