AFG vs AUS: Afghanistan Surprises Australia in Remarkable T20 World Cup Win

AFG vs AUS: Afghanistan Surprises Australia in Remarkable T20 World Cup Win

In the thrilling contest of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 Super 8 stages, AFG vs AUS made the world stun as Afghanistan beat Australia by 21 runs in an important game for their World Cup 2024 semi-final qualification.


In the AFG vs AUS, the Pathans posted a total of 146 runs on the board with a loss of 6 wickets. Where the Australian team was all-out on just 127 runs.

This was Australia’s first defeat in World Cup 2024 and their upcoming game is against India which they must have to win for semi-finals qualification in T20 World Cup 2024.

The extras scored sixteen runs in the innings, which was the second-highest score in the innings aside from Glenn Maxwell’s 59 runs in 41 balls. Notwithstanding, Naveen-ul-Haq claimed figures of 3-20, but Gulbadin Naib stole the show with a 4-20 and a declaration of Player of the Match.

“Thanks to dear Allah. We’ve waited for a long time. Big moment for our nation and our people. I have no words to say but thanks to the fans who have supported us in our career and cricket journey,” Naib said following the game.

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“I learned from the batting innings how to bowl. Thanks to Rashid for trusting me. It’s a whole team effort, Rahmanullah, Zadran, and also Naveen for the momentum. It is a great achievement for Afghanistan, we have achieved many things in the last ten years but this is a big achievement.

“In the last World Cup, we played well and in this World Cup, we beat New Zealand too. Australia is a champion side so for us it is a big tournament. Lucky to have this kind of team and management.”

In the history of the World Cup (ODI and T20 combined), Naib is the first player to collect four wickets as an eighth bowler. Naib was the final bowler Afghanistan used tonight, totaling eight.

Australia had earlier chosen to bowl first against Afghanistan after winning the toss.

Afghanistan, batting first, amassed 148-6 in the 20 overs given, thanks to fifty-score runs from openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran.

Following racking up 118 runs for the first wicket, Gurbaz (60 off 49) and Zadran (51 off 48) become the first-ever pair with three-century stands in a T20I series.

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After claiming yet another hat-trick, Pat Cummins spearheaded Australia’s attack towards the conclusion of the innings. With two consecutive games played, the pacer has now scored two hat-tricks, and on both occasions

To claim a hat trick, Cummins dismissed Rashid Khan, Karim Janat, and Gulbadin Naib. Adam Zampa and Cummins each took two and three wickets while giving up 28 runs in four overs.

The spin-friendly conditions saw Australia substitute Ashton Agar for Mitchell Starc.

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Afghanistan also made a few changes, replacing Najibullah Zadran and Hazratullah Zazai with Nangeyalia Karote and Karim Janat.

AFG vs AUS Teams: 

Afghanistan Playing XI:

Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mohammad Nabi, Karim Janat, Nangeyalia Kharote, Rashid Khan (c), Noor Ahmad, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi

Australia Playing XI:

David Warner, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh (c), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Ashton Agar, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

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