T20 World Cup: When Afghanistan won, New Zealand felt pain, Kiwi team got out of Super-8

Orhan Wadia
Orhan Wadia - Editor
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New Delhi. Afghanistan has confirmed its place in the Super-8 by performing brilliantly in the T20 World Cup. On Friday, it defeated Papua New Guinea. This is its third consecutive victory. This victory of Afghanistan gave it a chance to celebrate, but shattered the dreams of New Zealand. The Kiwi team is now fully prepared. New Zealand's remaining matches are now mere formalities, as their results will not make any difference in the race for the Super-8.

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Afghanistan won the toss against Papua New Guinea (PNG) on Friday and decided to bowl first. Captain Rashid Khan's decision proved to be absolutely correct and the Afghan bowlers bowled out PNG for 95 runs. The target was not difficult and the Afghanistan batsmen achieved it easily.

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Afghanistan's heroes were once again its bowlers. Fazalhaq Farooqi once again led the bowling attack and spoiled Papua New Guinea's start by taking two wickets in the powerplay. He also took a wicket in his second spell. In this way, Fazalhaq Farooqi took three wickets for 16 runs in a spell of 4 overs. Now he has 9 wickets in 3 matches in the tournament.

'Mr. Extra' scored 25 runs
Apart from Fazalhaq Farooqi, Naveen Ul Haq and Noor Ahmed also took wickets for Afghanistan. Naveen got two wickets and Noor got one. 4 batsmen of Papua New Guinea were run out. From Papua New Guinea, only Kiplin Doriga (27) could score more than 15 runs. The team's second top scorer was 'Mr. Extra'. Afghanistan gave 25 runs to PNG as extras.

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Gulbadin won the match by hitting a six
Afghanistan did not face much difficulty in achieving the target of 96 runs. Its opener Ibrahim Zadran was out without opening his account. But Gulbadin Naib, who came at number three, played an innings of 49 runs and easily took his team across the target. Gulbadin remained unbeaten after scoring 49 runs in 36 balls. Mohammad Nabi also returned unbeaten after scoring 16 runs. Afghanistan won the match by scoring 101 runs for 3 wickets in 15.1 overs. Gulbadin won the match by hitting a six on the first ball of the 16th over.

New Zealand is certain to be out of Super-8
Afghanistan's team is in Group C in the T20 World Cup. This group also includes teams from West Indies, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Uganda. West Indies and Afghanistan have confirmed their place in the Super-8 by winning three matches each in the tournament. Uganda has 2 points in 3 matches. Papua New Guinea has lost all its three matches. New Zealand still has 2 matches left, but this will not affect the group ranking. Even if New Zealand wins both its matches, it will not be able to go beyond 4 points. This means that it will have to return home after playing both its matches.

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