T20 World Cup 38th Match Australia defeated Afghanistan by four runs at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, on Friday.
Mohammad Nabi, the captain of Afghanistan won the toss and decided to bowl first.
Australia defeated Afghanistan by four runs to maintain their chance of reaching the T20 World Cup semifinals; but, they are now depending on a favour from Sri Lanka or the weather to prevent England from replacing them.
Rashid Khan’s blazing 48 off just 23 balls right at the end sent off some fireworks. They were outscored by four runs, though. Australia, on the other hand, was more concerned with the straightforward matter of making it to the World Cup Semifinals.
When Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis were batting together during their batting session, they appeared to be capable of scoring 200 runs, but they fell victim to some outstanding death bowling by Naveen-ul-Haq, whose four overs resulted in 21 runs and three wickets.
After a significant partnership between Gulbadin Naib (39/23) and Ibrahim Zaidan (26/33) in their bowling innings, Australia brought themselves back into the game when Afghanistan was 101/5.
Glenn Maxwell, The Game’s MVP
Afghanistan sent Cameron Green back to the pavilion during the second over itself. Following this, David Warner and Mitchell Marsh both had strong starts, but they were unable to turn them into significant innings.
Australia’s final total was just 168 runs for the lost of 8 wickets.
It is important to note that David Warner and Mitchell Marsh took over the innings after Cameron Green was dismissed.
Both were poised on the pitch and were batting well. They reached the return dugout, but despite being set, both were out, putting the club in a tight predicament.
At the same time, Steve Smith, playing his first match of this World Cup, was also dismissed after scoring just 4 runs.
Only Glenn Maxwell has played an unbeaten innings of 54 runs, due to which the Kangaroo team was able to reach the figure of 168.
Afghanistan performed quite well and made very accurate strikes with the ball. They first applied pressure on us in the powerplay. We were able to fend them off, but at the finish, there was some fairly clean hitting that gave us a little pause.
It was pleasant to make a difference on the field. I was aware that given the circumstances, I wouldn’t be able to make much of an impact with the ball. It’s good to make a difference. It moved very slowly and steadily while taking spin throughout the day.
It was challenging to press the matter. When we reached the 12th over, we just had to post a total to ensure that we gave ourselves a chance to win the match.
They bowled superbly in the final four overs despite our efforts to bowl hard. It was difficult to escape while they carried out their intentions.
Matthew Wade, Captain of Australia
Since we gave Stoinis the final over, it must have been extremely nerve-racking for the all-rounder to bowl it.
He did it three to four times while I was his opponent in the IPL. But I was never 100 percent certain. We plan to remain here overnight to watch the game tomorrow and are hoping for a surprise.
Since the beginning of the tournament, we have been slow, and hopefully this hasn’t cost us anything.
Rashid Khan battled till the final ball to help Afghanistan win
Rashid Khan was on the verge of triumph owing to challenging conditions as Afghanistan fought for its pride against Australia.
First, the bowlers did their jobs and held the powerful squad to a score of just 168. But he was unable to make big shots in the final few balls. As a result, the Afghan squad was only denied victory by 4 runs.
Rashid Khan sparked optimism for a successful outcome, but was unable to cross the line, which caused him to appear upset after the game
Rashid Khan could not hold back his tears after being out of the World Cup, was seen crying bitterly after losing to Australia as he tried really hard for the team’s victory.
Rashid’s power hitting threatened an upset – he smashed four sixes and three fours – but Australia held on and are now hoping for a Sri Lanka victory or a deluge in Sydney.
Australia has two points, but they haven’t helped their net run rate in any way. They now depend on Sri Lanka defeating England on Saturday. They will be eliminated from their home World Cup if the outcome is different. It’s the nature of the competition, as South Africa learned the previous year, and Australia’s chances were severely damaged by that crushing loss to New Zealand.
Thank you sir