Australia vs Afghanistan:-Australia kept their semi-final hopes alive with a 4-run win over Afghanistan in a do or die match. The hosts have reached the second position in the points table of Group 1 with 7 points. Australia, batting first, had set a target of 168 runs to win against Afghanistan with the help of a half-century from Glenn Maxwell. Chasing this score, the Afghan team could only manage 164 runs in the stipulated 20 overs. Australia’s net run rate after the win over Afghanistan is -0.17.
Chasing the target of 169 runs, Afghanistan got the first blow on the score of 15. Opener Usman Ghani was shown the way to the pavilion by Josh Hazlewood. Kane Richardson gave the second blow to Afghanistan at 40 in the form of Rahmanullah Gurbaz. Gurbaz scored 30 runs in 17 balls. In the 14th over, Zampa got Australia back. Gulbadin Naib was run out for 39 while Ibrahim Zadran returned to the pavilion after scoring 26 runs. In the same over, Najeeb Zadran also returned to the pavilion without opening an account. Rashid Khan played an unbeaten innings of 48 runs in 23 balls in the end, but he could not win the team.
Apart from Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh scored 45, Warner and Stoinis scored 25 each for Australia. On the other hand, for Afghanistan, Naveen-ul-Haq took three wickets for Afghanistan. In terms of net run rate, Australia had to stop Afghanistan before 106 runs to beat England, but the defending champions could not do so.
Australia’s team has come in this match with three changes and it can be heavy on the team. Australia’s regular captain Aaron Finch is not playing due to injury. Tim David and Mitchell Starc are also not part of this match. Kane Richardson, Cameron Green and Steve Smith were named in the squad for the match against Afghanistan. There have also been changes in the Afghanistan team. Darvesh Rasuli and Naveen-ul-Haq have been included in place of Azmatullah Omerzai and Farid Ahmed.
It is very important for Australia to win against Afghanistan by a big margin. But due to the exclusion of the star players of the team, this task is not going to be easy for Australia. Afghanistan team has played very good cricket recently and in this match too they will give tough competition to Australia. With Australia winning the match, their net run rate will also have to improve. Because England’s net run rate is better than Australia and before this match both the teams have 5-5 points from 4 matches. From Group 1, New Zealand’s team has made it to the Super-4.
Afghanistan (Playing XI): Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Usman Ghani, Ibrahim Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Darvesh Rasuli, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (c), Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazlhaq Farooqui
Australia (Playing XI): Cameron Green, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (c/w), Pat Cummins, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
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