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Afghanistan’s Historic T20 Victory Over Australia


ICC World Cup  •  24 Jun, 2024  •  27,013 Views  •  ⭐ 4.0

Written by Shivani Chourasia


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In a riveting T20 match, Afghanistan achieved a landmark victory over Australia, marking a historic moment in cricket. Despite a valiant effort from Australia, the day belonged to Afghanistan, who outplayed their opponents both with the bat and ball. The match showcased Afghanistan's growing prowess in the sport and its ability to compete against top-tier teams.

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Match Highlights: Afghanistan’s Resounding Win

T20 World Cup 2024: Gulbadin Naib takes four as Afghanistan earn historic  win against Australia – Firstpost
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Afghanistan scored 148 for 6, thanks to impressive performances from Rahmanullah Gurbaz (60) and Ibrahim Zadran (51). Their strong partnership set a solid foundation for a competitive total. In response, Australia could only manage 127, with Glenn Maxwell’s 59 being the standout. The bowling brilliance of Gulbadin Naib, who took 4 wickets for 20 runs, and Naveen-ul-Haq, with 3 wickets for 20 runs, ensured Afghanistan's victory by 21 runs. This victory was Afghanistan's first over Australia across all formats, making it a historic win for the team.

Australia’s Top Order Collapse

Cricket World Cup: Glenn Maxwell's heroics lead Australia into semi-finals  with historic win over Afghanistan | Cricket News | Sky Sports
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With a semi-final spot on the line, Afghanistan's seamers dismantled Australia's top order early in the innings. The pressure was immense, and Australia struggled to build momentum. Glenn Maxwell tried to anchor Australia's innings with his inventive shots, including a notable four off Azmatullah Omarzai that had the crowd cheering. Maxwell, who reached a 35-ball half-century, appeared poised to lead Australia to victory but fell to a spectacular catch by Noor Ahmad. Maxwell's departure at 59 left Australia reeling at 106 for 6 in the 15th over, still needing 43 runs off 32 balls on a challenging pitch that offered sharp turn and variable bounce.

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Gulbadin Naib’s Stellar Performance

Gulbadin Naib Reflects on Historic Win and Team Effort
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Gulbadin Naib's career-best figures of 4 for 20 were pivotal in securing Afghanistan's first win against Australia. Naib’s removal of key players like Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, and Pat Cummins was instrumental in Afghanistan’s triumph. Naib, who was brought in as their eighth bowler, took full advantage of the pitch conditions and bowled with precision and skill. His ability to read the game and adapt his bowling was a testament to his experience and talent.

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