Afghanistan Creates History with Victory Over Australia in T20 World Cup

Afghanistan Creates History with Victory Over Australia in T20 World Cup

Afghanistan defeated Australia by 21 runs in a thrilling match in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, writing a significant chapter in their cricket history. Played at Kingstown on June 22, 2024, this match not only marked Afghanistan’s first-ever victory over Australia in any format but also propelled them into the tournament’s semi-finals. Let’s delve into the key moments and performances that defined this historic clash.

Match Summary

Afghanistan                                                                      148/6 (20)

Rahmanullah Gurbaz
60 (49)

Pat Cummins
3/28 (4)

Ibrahim Zadran
51 (48)

Adam Zampa
2/28 (4)

Karim Janat
13 (9)

Marcus Stoinis
1/12 (2)

Australia                                                                               127 (19.2)

Glenn Maxwell
59 (41)

3/20 (4)

Mitchell Marsh (c)
12 (9)

Gulbadin Naib
4/20 (4)

Adam Zampa
9 (7)

Rashid Khan
1/23 (4)

Toss: Australia won the toss and elected to field first.
Stadium: Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown.
Result: Afghanistan won by 21 runs.
Man of the Match: Gulbadin Naib.

Opening Act

Afghanistan’s innings began with a solid foundation by Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran. The duo, known for their explosive batting, stitched together a century partnership, which set the platform for Afghanistan’s total of 148/6 in their allotted 20 overs. Despite Pat Cummins ‘ early hat-trick, Gurbaz’s 60 and Zadran’s 51 showcased their composure and ability to counter Australia’s bowling attack.

Australia’s Response

Chasing 149 for victory, Australia’s top order struggled against Afghanistan’s disciplined seam attack. The introduction of Naveen-ul-Haq proved pivotal as he dismantled Australia’s top order with two early strikes. However, Glenn Maxwell emerged as a threat, smashing a rapid 59 off 41 deliveries to keep Australia in the hunt.

Turning Point

Just as Maxwell threatened to steer Australia towards victory, Gulbadin Naib, brought into the attack unexpectedly, turned the game on its head. Naib’s spell of 4 wickets for 20 runs, including the crucial dismissal of Maxwell, swung the momentum firmly in Afghanistan’s favour. His variations and control on a spin-friendly pitch proved instrumental in dismantling Australia’s middle order.

Afghanistan’s Bowling Brilliance

Supported by Rashid Khan and debutant Nangeyalia Kharote, Naib capitalized on the pitch conditions to restrict Australia to 127 all out in 19.2 overs. Naveen-ul-Haq also played a crucial role, finishing with figures of 3 for 20, showcasing Afghanistan’s depth in bowling talent.

Celebrations and Milestones

As Afghanistan clinched their maiden victory over Australia, jubilation scenes erupted on the field and among fans worldwide. This triumph affirmed Afghanistan’s growing prowess in international cricket and highlighted its ability to compete against top-tier teams on the global stage.

Last Moments 

Afghanistan’s historic win against Australia in the T20 World Cup will be etched in cricketing annals as a testament to their resilience and skill. With this victory, Afghanistan has advanced to the semi-finals and sent a strong message to the cricketing world. Afghanistan can draw immense confidence from this triumph as they prepare for their next challenge, knowing they can overcome formidable opponents. Stay tuned as the T20 World Cup unfolds with more thrilling contests ahead.