Friday, June 14, 2024

World Cup of Upsets! Afghanistan Beats New Zealand First Time in T201

Afghanistan’s bowlers delivered a stunning performance at Providence Stadium, leading to an 84-run victory over New Zealand in the T20 World Cup. Afghanistan set a challenging target of 159 for six, with notable contributions from Rahmanullah Gurbaz, who scored an impressive 80 runs, and Ibrahim Zadrau, who added 44 runs to the total.

The bowlers took center stage as Rashid Khan claimed four wickets for just 17 runs, helping to bowl out New Zealand for a mere 75 runs in 15.2 overs. The early breakthrough came from Fazalhaq Farooqi, who dismissed Finn Allen, setting the tone for Afghanistan’s dominance. Rashid Khan continued to take crucial wickets, further weakening New Zealand’s batting lineup.

New Zealand’s difficulties persisted throughout the match, resulting in their second-lowest T20 score ever. With this victory, Afghanistan now leads Group C, having previously secured a win against Uganda. The team’s strong performances in both batting and bowling have made them a formidable contender in the tournament.

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