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“Afghanistan’s Historic Win: Defeats Australia by 21 Runs in T20 World Cup 2024 Super 8 Match”

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In a stunning turn of events, the Afghanistan cricket team has defeated the formidable Australian squad by 21 runs in the T20 World Cup 2024 Super 8 match on Sunday, June 21, at Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown, St Vincent. This crucial victory keeps Afghanistan’s hopes alive in the tournament, staving off potential elimination.

Afghanistan’s success was built on a solid foundation set by Rahmanullah Gurbaz (60 off 49 balls) and Ibrahim Zadran (51 off 48 balls), who shared an impressive opening partnership of 118 runs. This effort propelled Afghanistan to a competitive total of 148.

The Afghan bowling attack, led by Naveen-ul-Haq and Gulbadin Naib, capitalized on favorable pitch conditions. Naveen-ul-Haq took 3 wickets for 20 runs, while Gulbadin Naib claimed 4 wickets for 20 runs. Australia’s innings crumbled, with the team bowled out for 127 in 19.2 overs, cementing a historic and unforgettable victory for Afghanistan.

This win marks Afghanistan’s maiden triumph over Australia in international cricket. Previously, Afghanistan had lost all four ODIs and a T20I against Australia, making this victory even sweeter.

The win also has significant implications for the tournament. While Afghanistan stays in contention, Bangladesh remains in the race despite their loss to India by 50 runs. Meanwhile, India’s semifinal berth remains uncertain, and Australia’s fate hinges on the last two matches of Group 2.

Afghanistan’s batting effort, spearheaded by the tournament’s leading run-scorer Gurbaz and Zadran, ensured a decent score of 148 for 6. The duo achieved their third century stand of the tournament, having previously excelled against Uganda and New Zealand.

Stay tuned for more updates on this thrilling T20 World Cup 2024!

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