Afghanistan Stuns New Zealand by 84 Runs in T20 World Cup Group Stage Clash

Gurbaz, Zadran Shine with the Bat, Farooqi and Khan Lead Bowling Rout

Jun 9, 2024 - 13:14
Afghanistan Stuns New Zealand by 84 Runs in T20 World Cup Group Stage Clash
Afghanistan players celebrate after the dismissal of Daryl Mitchell.

Afghanistan delivered on the promise that had always been present.

The Afghans, who are a rapidly growing force in white-ball cricket, upset New Zealand, the 2021 T20 World Cup runners-up, by 84 runs on Saturday thanks to a superb batting effort and an even better bowling performance.

Group C comprises Afghanistan, New Zealand, and the West Indies, who are also co-hosts. Afghanistan's victory, their second of the competition, will thus be crucial to their advancement to the Super Eight round.

Afghan openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran, left-arm bowler Fazalhaq Farooqi, and spinner and skipper Rashid Khan were the team's standout performers.

In an innings that lasted just 15.2 overs, New Zealand was blasted out for a meager 75 while chasing a tough 160 at the Providence Stadium here. Only Glenn Phillips (18) and Matt Henry (12) managed double-digit runs.

The Afghan openers made merry, and the Black Caps' decision to bowl after winning the toss backfired. With the help of Gurbaz's 56-ball 80 and Zadran's 44 off 41, Afghanistan managed to score 159/6 in 20 overs, which was a respectable total.

Farooqi recorded scores of 4/17 off his 3.2 overs. Against Uganda, Farooqi took five wickets for nine runs. Rashid was as deadly, taking Kane Williamson's valuable scalp (9 off 13) with his first ball. After four overs, he completed with overall figures of 4/17.

Afghan captain Rashid praised his team's performance, calling it "one of our best in T20I cricket against a big team."

Williamson gave a direct evaluation. "A really annoying performance.
No justifications.

Short scores: Trent Boult 2/22, Rahmanullah Gurbaz 80, Ibrahim Zadran 44, Afghanistan 159/6 in 20 overs. NZ 75 in 15.2 ovs (Rashid Khan 4/17, Farooqi Farooqi 4/17). Afghanistan prevailed with 84 runs.

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