April 16, 2024
Rashid Khan's Grand Knock Didn't Help Afghanistan Win Over Australia

Rashid Khan’s Grand Knock Didn’t Help Afghanistan Win Over Australia

In the penultimate match of Group A’s league stage, Australia beat Afghanistan by a mere 4 runs to keep their semifinal chance alive. The grand knocks from Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell were overshadowed by Rashid Khan’s in the second innings, who tried and failed to get his team home. Here’s how it happened;

Australia Beat Afghanistan by 4 Runs

Winning the toss and opting to bowl first, Afghanistan scalped one of the Australian openers early but failed to control the others. David Warner and Mitchell Marsh trolled through the Afghanistan bowlers and drew boundaries from all sides.

Though the spinners and Naveen-ul-Haq controlled the flow of runs, it was Glenn Maxwell who fired up the death overs and took his team’s scoreboard to nearly 170 runs. While Rashid Khan and Fazalhaq Farooqi have been fairly economical, Naveen-ul-Haq has been so good with the ball tonight.

And with a target of 169 runs, Afghanistan made a fair start to their innings – even after losing one of their openers early. Rahmatullah Gurbaz and Gulbadin Naib have utilized their opportunities well, whereas Ibrahim Zadran did the anchoring.

While they’re performing just fine, Maxwell broke their middle order with a great run out and superb catch in the 14th over, where Afghanistan started falling apart. After losing three wickets in an over, it was Rashid Khan and Darwish Rasooli who held wickets and batted through the end.

Rashid Khan, especially, has been phenomenal at the end – scoring three boundaries and four maximums against Australian death bowlers. Though he raised the winning hopes, Stoinis tactically controlled him to hand over a 4-run win for Australia.

Though Australia won the match, they didn’t get it the way they wanted. So, they now need to rely on tomorrow’s fixture between England and Sri Lanka for their berth in the semifinals of the T20 World Cup 2022. If England wins, England Qualifies. But if Sri Lanka wins, Australia Qualifies. Stay tuned to know what happens!

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