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Afg vs Aus

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Glenn Maxwell scored an unbeaten 54 off 32 balls for Australia, but Afghanistan allowed defending champions Australia to score 168 for eight in the last five overs with tight bowling. Maxwell hit six fours and two sixes during his innings. Besides him, Mitchell Marsh contributed 45 runs and Marcus Stoinis 25 runs.

Adelaide. Defending champions Australia managed to keep their semi-final hopes alive with a close four-run win over Afghanistan in a T20 World Cup match after finally escaping Rashid Khan’s threat here on Friday. The win moved Australia into second place in Group I with seven points from five games, while New Zealand also have seven points, and became the first team to qualify for the semi-finals thanks to a better net run rate. However, the Aussies failed to surpass England’s net run rate as the hosts had to bundle out Afghanistan for 106 runs after making 168 for eight. It means that if England beat Sri Lanka in their final match in Sydney on Saturday, they will also be on seven points and advance to the semi-finals with New Zealand in Group 1 thanks to a better net run rate. Glenn Maxwell scored an unbeaten 54 off 32 balls for Australia, but Afghanistan allowed defending champions Australia to score 168 for eight in the last five overs with tight bowling. Maxwell hit six fours and two sixes during his innings. Besides him, Mitchell Marsh contributed 45 runs and Marcus Stoinis 25 runs.

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In reply, Afghanistan came close to a sensational win thanks to Rashid’s innings (48 not out from 23 balls, four sixes), but in the end his team could only manage 164 for seven. Afghanistan won the toss and invited Australia to bat, but eventually lost by four runs. Rahmanullah Gurbaz got off to a good start with 30 off 17 balls, hitting two fours and as many sixes. But Australia made a comeback by dismissing both openers. However, Gulbadin Naib (39 runs) and Ibrahim Zadran (26 runs) were in no mood to give up easily, putting on a 46-ball 59-run stand for the second wicket to keep the team in contention for victory. But Maxwell ended the partnership with some brilliant fielding. Naib’s innings ended with a straight throw from Maxwell’s deep midwicket to the stumps and on the next ball Jadran also touched the bat to Adam Zampa and caught Marsh. Zampa then dismissed Najibullah Zadran, causing Afghanistan to deviate from their strategy in the 14th over. In the end, Rashid produced some brilliant shots and shared a quick 28-ball 45 with Darvish Rasuli when the team needed 22 runs to win in the last over. Rashid hit two fours and a six on Stoinis in the last over but was left out of the win. Earlier, Afghanistan won the toss and invited Australia to bat, after which the team lost the wicket of Cameron Green early.

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David Warner (25 off 18 balls) and Marsh (45 off 30 balls) increased the tempo with their batting. But in the sixth over, the wickets of the in-form Warner and Steve Smith fell in the powerplay, taking the team’s score to 53 for three. Warner was bowled by Navin-ul-Haq’s off-cutter while Smith was lbw after three balls. Marsh then tried to sweep the game and was caught by wicket-keeper Rahmanullah Gurbaz on Mujibur Rahman’s delivery as Australia lost four for 86 in the 11th over. Then Maxwell and Stoinis added 53 runs in just 29 balls for the fifth wicket to boost the team’s score. Maxwell looked in fine form, he smashed the Afghan bowlers for fours with cut-shots, pull-shots. However, Stoinis struggled with his ‘timing’. Stoinis hit just two sixes during his 21-ball innings and then returned to the pavilion by giving a simple catch to Usman Ghani at backward point off Rashid Khan. Caretaker captain Matthew Wade could not last long either, he was dismissed by a yorker by Fazlhaq Farooqui. In this way, Australia’s score was 133 for four in 15 overs. The team kept losing wickets like this which failed to build momentum and it became difficult for Maxwell to hit fours. Maxwell completed his fifty in 29 balls with a boundary from Farooqui in the last over and also helped the scoring by sending the last ball for a four. Naveen-ul-Haq bowled brilliantly for Afghanistan, taking three wickets for 21 runs in four overs. Fazlhaq Farooqui also did well and took two wickets for 29 runs.

Disclaimer:Prabhasakshi has not edited this news. This news has been published from the PTI language feed.



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