T20 World Cup: 3 Kabuliwalas, who forced New Zealand to suffer a humiliating defeat, KKR's star was the Player of the Match

Orhan Wadia
Orhan Wadia - Editor
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New Delhi. Afghanistan has made a big upset in the T20 World Cup 2024 by defeating New Zealand. The New Zealand team had to face a humiliating defeat by 84 runs. This is the record of Afghanistan's biggest win over New Zealand. With this win, Afghanistan has put itself far ahead in the Super-8 battle. New Zealand is at the bottom of Group C in the points table, while Afghanistan is at number one. There were mainly three heroes of Afghanistan's victory over New Zealand – Rahmatullah Gurbaz, Fazalhaq Farooqui and captain Rashid Khan. Interestingly, all three of these players play in the IPL and are match winners for their respective teams.

KKR's star player became player of the match
Afghanistan batted first against New Zealand and scored 159 runs for 6 wickets. More than half of these runs came from the bat of Rahmatullah Gurbaz (80). He hit 5 fours and as many sixes in his 56-ball innings. Gurbaz shared a 103-run partnership with Ibrahim Zadran. The pair broke as soon as Ibrahim was out. After this, Afghanistan lost wickets at regular intervals, but Gurbaz stood firm at one end. He was out on the second ball of the 20th over. Rahmatullah Gurbaz was adjudged the Player of the Match for his innings.

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Fazal did the job in the first spell
After Rahmatullah Gurbaz, Fazalhaq Farooqi caused the most damage to New Zealand. This left-arm fast bowler took three wickets of New Zealand in his very first spell. He dismissed Finn Allen, Devon Conway and Daryl Mitchell. Due to Farooqi's brilliant bowling, New Zealand started struggling by losing 3 wickets for 28 runs in the powerplay itself. Fazalhaq Farooqi also dismissed Matt Henry to end New Zealand's innings. His bowling analysis was 3.2-0-17-4.

Captain Rashid Khan also shone
Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan also performed brilliantly in this match. Fazalhaq Farooqui destroyed New Zealand's top order while Rashid Khan proved to be a nightmare for the middle order. Rashid Khan took 4 wickets for 17 runs in his spell of 4 overs. He dismissed Kane Williamson, Mark Chapman, Michael Bracewell and Lockie Ferguson.

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