Afghanistan Stun Australia In T20 World Cup

New York: Afghanistan beat Australia by 21 runs in a crucial Super 8 match of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024 to stay alive in the tournament.

Chasing a target of 149 runs, Australia were all out for 127 runs in 19.2 overs. This is the first loss for Australia against Afghanistan in six international matches.

Apart from Glenn Maxwell’s 59 runs in 41 balls, it was a sorry batting display from Australia as the second highest scorer in the innings were the extras with 16.

Naveen-ul-Haq claimed figures of 3-20 but the star of the show wasGulbadin Naib, who clinched 4-20 and was declared Player of the Match. Earlier, Australia won the toss and decided to bowl first against Afghanistan.

Batting first, Afghanistan posted 148-6 in their allotted 20 overs courtesy fifties by openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz andIbrahim Zadran. Gurbaz (60 off 49) and Zadran (51 off 48) become the first-ever pair with three century stands in a T20I series after nothing up 118 runs for the first wicket.

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