Afghanistan wins to their first World Cup semifinal at the expense of Australia 2024


Afghanistan vs. Bangladesh: A Thrilling Encounter in Saint Vincent

In a remarkable display of resilience and strategic prowess, Afghanistan clinched a historic victory over Bangladesh, securing their place in the World Cup semifinals for the first time. The match, held in Saint Vincent, was a low-scoring yet thrilling affair that kept fans on the edge of their seats.

Afghanistan’s Innings: A Modest Target

Afghanistan batted first and managed to set a modest target of 115 runs in their 20 overs. Rahmanullah Gurbaz was the top scorer for Afghanistan, contributing 43 runs off 55 balls.

With three wickets for 26 runs, Bangladesh’s leg-spinner Rishad Hossain showed great skill with the ball as he kept Afghanistan to a score that looked manageable for the opposition.

Bangladesh’s Pursuit: An Amazing Reversal of Events

Bangladesh’s response to the target was disrupted by rain, creating a tense atmosphere as both teams and Australia vied for progression. Litton Das stood out for Bangladesh with an unbeaten 54 runs off 49 balls. However, the Afghan bowlers, led by captain Rashid Khan and Naveen-ul-Haq, delivered exceptional performances. Rashid Khan took 4 wickets for 23 runs, while Naveen-ul-Haq claimed 4 wickets for 26 runs.

Despite the rain interruptions and the fluctuating fortunes of the match, Afghanistan managed to hold their nerve. Bangladesh needed to chase the target in 12.1 overs to boost their net run rate significantly, but early wickets from Naveen-ul-Haq and consistent pressure from Rashid Khan thwarted their efforts. Bangladesh was bowled out for 105 runs in 17.5 overs, falling short by 8 runs.

Advancing to the Semifinals

This victory not only propelled Afghanistan into the semifinals as the vice-champions from Group 1 but also eliminated Australia from the tournament. Afghanistan will now face South Africa in the semifinals in Trinidad, with the match scheduled for Thursday at 01:30 BST. A potential final clash against either England or India awaits them on Saturday.

Key Performances

  • Afghanistan Batting: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (43 runs off 55 balls)
  • Bangladesh Bowling: Rishad Hossain (3 wickets for 26 runs)
  • Afghanistan Bowling: Rashid Khan (4 wickets for 23 runs), Naveen-ul-Haq (4 wickets for 26 runs)
  • Bangladesh Batting: Litton Das (54* runs off 49 balls)

Afghanistan’s journey to the semifinals marks a significant milestone in their cricketing history, showcasing their growth and determination on the world stage.

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