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T20 World Cup: Impressed Afghanistan stun Australia, preserve semis hopes alive

T20 World Cup: Inspired Afghanistan stun Australia, keep semis hopes alive
Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran shared a gap stand of 118 earlier than Gulbadin Naib took over to drive Afghanistan to a 21-run win over Australia in St Vincent on Saturday and preserve alive their hopes of reaching the Twenty20 World Cup semi-finals.

A win for Australia would have despatched the 2021 champions and India into the final 4, however even a second hat-trick in as many matches from Pat Cummins was not sufficient to maintain their unbeaten report on the event intact.

Half centuries from Gurbaz and Zadran helped the Afghans rack up 148-6 of their 20 overs, earlier than their bowlers dismissed the Australians for 127 on a difficult Kingstown observe.

Naib claimed 4-20 and Naveenul Haq bagged 3-20, but it surely was the third century partnership of the event from Gurbaz and Zadran that laid the muse for a win that additionally saved Bangladesh alive.

“We’ve waited for a very long time (for this),” stated man-of-the-match Naib.

“It’s a giant second for our nation and our folks. I’ve no phrases, however due to the followers who supported us in our profession and cricket journey […] thank God we lastly beat Australia. It’s an awesome achievement for Afghanistan.

“We’ve achieved many issues within the final 10 years, however that is large.”

India prime Group 1 on 4 factors, forward of Australia and Afghanistan on two, with Bangladesh alone in final place, with none.

India and Australia face off in St Lucia on Monday, whereas the Afghans keep in St Vincent to play Bangladesh within the remaining Tremendous Eight match later that day.

Australia skipper Mitchell Marsh gained the toss and sprang a few surprises by sending the Afghans in to bat and naming a group with left-arm spinner Ashton Agar within the bowling line-up instead of Mitchell Starc.

Within the early overs it appeared just like the Australian bowlers would suffocate the Afghans, however the lack of a breakthrough wicket allowed Gurbaz and Zadran to settle in and speed up by means of the center overs.

Crisp batting and onerous working from the Afghans put the stress again on the Australians, who made uncharacteristic fielding errors beneath the Arnos Vale Floor lights.

The pair reached their half-centuries earlier than Marcus Stoinis lastly separated them within the sixteenth over, when Gurbaz mistimed a shot to David Warner at deep sq. leg to depart for 60.

Spinner Adam Zampa eliminated Azmatullah Omarzai (2) and Zadran (51) within the following over and paceman Cummins despatched again skipper Rashid Khan cheaply with the ultimate ball of the 18th over.

Karim Janat and Naib adopted with the primary two deliveries of the twentieth over as Cummins turned the primary bowler to take two hat-tricks at a T20 World Cup.

He would have taken 4 wickets in a row had Warner held onto a fairly simple catch working in from deep level to dismiss Nangeyalia Kharote.

“They obtained 20 runs too many,” admitted Marsh.

“To be trustworthy, they performed a extremely good sport of cricket. We have been outplayed tonight […] It was an off-night within the area and we personal that.”

Afghanistan made the very best begin with ball in hand with Naveen bowling Travis Head for a duck within the opening over and having Marsh caught within the deep for 12 within the third.

Warner adopted for 3 off Mohammad Nabi’s first supply to go away the Australians struggling on 32-3 within the remaining over of the facility play, earlier than the Afghans heaped extra stress on their opponents by eradicating Stoinis and Tim David.

The explosive Glenn Maxwell gave Australia some hope with a battling 59 off 41 balls, however his dismissal by Naib, due to an acrobatic catch by Noor Ahmad, all however sealed the destiny of the previous champions.

“I learnt from the batting innings on the way to bowl,” added Naib, who additionally took a low diving catch to dismiss Ashton Agar.

“Due to Rashid for trusting me, it’s a group effort, Rahmanullah, Zadran and likewise Naveen for the momentum.”