Afghanistan beat Bangladesh to qualify for T20 World Cup Semi-finals, Australia out – The Economic Times

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AFG vs BanT20 World Cup: In a nail-biting match at the Arnos Vale Ground, Afghanistan secured their place in the T20 World Cup 2024 semi-finals by defeating Bangladesh by eight runs. Rashid Khan and Naveen-ul-Haq’s stellar bowling performance defended a modest target of 115 runs, guiding Afghanistan to victory. After Bangladesh’s defeat, ODI World Cup champion Australia are also out of the T20 World Cup tournament. The Aussies ended up in third place in the Group 1 table of the Super Eights with just two points.

Afg vs Ban: Match Highlights

The second inning was reduced to 19 overs due to rain, setting a revised target of 114 runs for Bangladesh. Despite Litton Das’s valiant effort, scoring an unbeaten 54 runs off 49 balls, Bangladesh fell short, ending their innings at 105.

Naveen-ul-Haq and Rashid Khan were the heroes for Afghanistan, each claiming four wickets. Their disciplined bowling restricted Bangladesh’s batsmen, who struggled to form substantial partnerships. Naveen-ul-Haq’s crucial dismissal of Mustafizur Rahman in the 18th over sealed the win for Afghanistan. He was later named ‘Player of the Match’ for his outstanding performance.

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Winning the toss, Afghanistan chose to bat but faced difficulties in building their innings. Rahmanullah Gurbaz provided a solid start with 43 runs from 55 balls. However, Afghanistan’s middle order faltered, and they managed to score only 115/5 in their 20 overs. Skipper Rashid Khan contributed a quick 19 runs off 10 balls in the end, boosting the team’s total.

Bangladesh’s Bowling Efforts

Rishad Hossain was the standout bowler for Bangladesh, taking three wickets for 26 runs. Despite his efforts and those of Mustafizur Rahman and Taskin Ahmed, who took one wicket each, Bangladesh couldn’t chase down the target.

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Afg vs Ban: Impact on the Tournament

This victory knocked Australia out of the tournament, as they finished third in Group 1 of the Super Eights with just two points. Afghanistan’s triumph has now placed them in the semi-finals, marking a significant achievement for the team.

Afg vs Ban: Key Performances

Afghanistan: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (43), Rashid Khan (19*), Naveen-ul-Haq (4/23), Rashid Khan (4/23)
Bangladesh: Litton Das (54*), Rishad Hossain (3/26)

Afghanistan’s victory has set the stage for an exciting semi-final, showcasing their growing prowess in the T20 format.

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