AFG vs BAN: Afghanistan Clinch Dramatic T20 World Cup Win Over Bangladesh, Reach First Semi-Final!

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AFG vs BAN: Afghanistan Clinch Dramatic T20 World Cup Win Over Bangladesh, Reach First Semi-Final!

AFG vs BAN: Afghanistan secured a historic victory over Bangladesh by just eight runs. This win not only propels them to their first-ever semi-final in a men’s senior World Cup but also knocks Australia out of the tournament.

A Match of Twists and Turns:

Multiple rain interruptions disrupted the flow of the match, adding to the drama. Bangladesh needed a revised target of 116 runs in a shortened 12.1 overs to qualify for the semi-finals. However, a combination of disciplined bowling from Afghanistan, led by four-wicket hauls from Naveen-ul-Haq and Rashid Khan, and some crucial Bangladeshi batting collapses kept the outcome uncertain.

Litton Das’ Fightback & Renewed Hope:

Opener Litton Das, with a valiant knock of 36 runs, emerged as a lone warrior for Bangladesh, defying the odds and keeping their semi-final hopes alive. However, crucial wickets from Rashid and Naveen in the later stages shattered Bangladesh’s momentum.

Naveen’s Early Strikes & Gurbaz-Ibrahim Partnership:

Earlier, Naveen’s fiery opening spell rattled the Bangladeshi batting order, claiming three quick wickets for Afghanistan. However, a solid partnership between openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran (50-run stand) steadied the Afghan innings.

Rishad’s Spin & Rashid’s Late Flourish:

Bangladesh’s spinner, Shoriful Islam, applied pressure in the middle overs, claiming the crucial wicket of Ibrahim. Later, Rashid Khan’s late cameo (19 runs off 10 balls) provided a much-needed boost to Afghanistan’s total, ultimately proving decisive.

A Night of Celebration & History Made:

The final dismissal, secured by Naveen, sparked jubilant celebrations amongst the Afghan players. This victory marks a momentous occasion for Afghanistan cricket, etching their name in the history books with a place in the T20 World Cup semi-final.

AFG vs BAN: Full Scorecard

Afghanistan  (20 ovs maximum)

BATTING RBM4s6sSR 
Rahmanullah Gurbaz †c Soumya Sarkar b Rishad Hossain4355693178.18
Ibrahim Zadran c Tanzim Hasan Sakib b Rishad Hossain1829461062.06
Azmatullah Omarzai c †Litton Das b Mustafizur Rahman1012200083.33
Gulbadin Naib c Soumya Sarkar b Rishad Hossain43410133.33
Mohammad Nabi c Najmul Hossain Shanto b Taskin Ahmed1560020.00
Karim Janat not out761510116.66
Rashid Khan (c)not out19101003190.00
Extras(b 5, w 8)13
TOTAL20 Ov (RR: 5.75)115/5
Did not bat: Nangeyalia Kharote, Noor Ahmad, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi 
Fall of wickets: 1-59 (Ibrahim Zadran, 10.4 ov), 2-84 (Azmatullah Omarzai, 15.5 ov), 3-88 (Rahmanullah Gurbaz, 16.1 ov), 4-89 (Gulbadin Naib, 16.4 ov), 5-93 (Mohammad Nabi, 17.4 ov) • DRS
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB 
Tanzim Hasan Sakib403609.0091210
Taskin Ahmed411213.00190100
Shakib Al Hasan401904.75110100
Mustafizur Rahman401714.25142000
Rishad Hossain402636.50133010

Bangladesh  (T: 114 runs from 19 ovs)

BATTING RBM4s6sSR 
Litton Das †not out54499551110.20
Tanzid Hasan lbw b Fazalhaq Farooqi0312000.00
Najmul Hossain Shanto (c)c Mohammad Nabi b Naveen-ul-Haq55710100.00
Shakib Al Hasan c & b Naveen-ul-Haq011000.00
Soumya Sarkar b Rashid Khan10101810100.00
Towhid Hridoy c Ibrahim Zadran b Rashid Khan149720155.55
Mahmudullah c sub (Mohammad Ishaq) b Rashid Khan6981066.66
Rishad Hossain b Rashid Khan011000.00
Tanzim Hasan Sakib c Mohammad Nabi b Gulbadin Naib310130030.00
Taskin Ahmed b Naveen-ul-Haq29310022.22
Mustafizur Rahman lbw b Naveen-ul-Haq011000.00
Extras(b 1, lb 7, w 3)11
TOTAL17.5 Ov (RR: 5.88)105
Fall of wickets: 1-16 (Tanzid Hasan, 1.3 ov), 2-23 (Najmul Hossain Shanto, 2.4 ov), 3-23 (Shakib Al Hasan, 2.5 ov), 4-48 (Soumya Sarkar, 6.3 ov), 5-64 (Towhid Hridoy, 8.2 ov), 6-80 (Mahmudullah, 10.5 ov), 7-80 (Rishad Hossain, 10.6 ov), 8-92 (Tanzim Hasan Sakib, 14.2 ov), 9-105 (Taskin Ahmed, 17.4 ov), 10-105 (Mustafizur Rahman, 17.5 ov) • DRS
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB 
Naveen-ul-Haq3.502646.78123100
Fazalhaq Farooqi201517.5031020
Mohammad Nabi201507.5052000
Rashid Khan402345.7592010
Noor Ahmad401303.25182000
Gulbadin Naib20512.5070000

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