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Afghanistan make T20 World Cup semifinals for 1st time; Australia eliminated

The Afghans secured an eight-run win over Bangladesh in a rain-affected thriller in their final Super Eight game to pip the former world champions to reach last four.

Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan (R) celebrate with wicket-keeper Mohammad Ishaq, who replaced an injured Rahmanullah Gurbaz, the dismissal of Bangladesh’s Rishad Hossain during the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup 2024 Super Eight cricket match at Arnos Vale Stadium in Arnos Vale, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on June 24, 2024. (Photo by RANDY BROOKS/AFP via Getty Images)

By: India Weekly

AFGHANISTAN advanced to their first-ever T20 World Cup semi-final after completing a dramatic eight-run victory over Bangladesh in a rain-affected clash at the Arnos Vale Stadium in St Vincent on Monday.

Defending a modest total of 115 for five on a bowler-friendly surface, Afghan captain Rashid Khan belied three rain stoppages, a slippery ball and a revised target of 114 off 19 overs to take four for 23 as Bangladesh, who themselves harboured faint hopes of making the last four, were dismissed for 105 off 17.5 overs.

An unbeaten 54 from opener Litton Das was threatening to take Bangladesh to victory and earn Australia the last semi-final spot on net run-rate.

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But pacer Naveen ul Haq claimed the last two wickets – Taskin Ahmed and Mustafizur Rahman – off consecutive deliveries in the penultimate over of the match to trigger delirious Afghan celebrations.

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With India defeating Australia earlier in the day and advancing to the second semi-final against England in Guyana on Thursday, this result assured the Afghans of second spot in the group and eliminated the Aussies together with the Bangladeshis.

Afghanistan will now face South Africa in the first semi-final in Trinidad on Wednesday.

(AFP)

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