Bangladesh and Afghanistan won the amazing game

ICC Men's T20 World Cup

ICC Men's T20 World Cup

Bangladesh and Afghanistan Secure Historic Wins in ICC Men's T20 World Cup In a day of stunning upsets, Bangladesh and Afghanistan triumphed over their stronger opponents in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup on Friday, June 7, continuing their streak of unexpected results.

Afghanistan’s Commanding Victory Over New Zealand

At the Guyana National Stadium, Afghanistan delivered a decisive victory against New Zealand, winning by a significant margin of 84 runs. This win marked Afghanistan's first-ever T20 triumph over New Zealand and placed them at the top of Group C.

Afghanistan, having been put to bat first after losing the toss, set a formidable target of 160 runs. Their innings was anchored by a solid 103-run partnership from the opening pair, with Rahmanullah Gurbaz scoring a stellar 80 off 56 balls and Ibrahim Jardan adding 44 runs. Afghanistan concluded their innings at 159 for 6 in 20 overs.

New Zealand’s response was thwarted by Afghanistan's effective bowling attack. Fazalhaq Farooqui, who previously took 5 wickets against Uganda, continued his excellent form, claiming 4 wickets for 17 runs. Leg-spinner Rashid Khan also shone, dismissing New Zealand captain Kane Williamson on his first ball and finishing with figures identical to Farooqui’s. New Zealand collapsed for just 75 runs in 15.2 overs.

"This victory is a testament to our hard work and perseverance over the past three years," said man-of-the-match Gurbaz. "Defeating a team like New Zealand is truly incredible."

Bangladesh’s Nail-Biting Win Over Sri Lanka

Later that night in Dallas, USA, Bangladesh achieved a thrilling 2-wicket win over former champions Sri Lanka, marking their most significant victory in T20 World Cup history.

After winning the toss, Bangladesh elected to field. Sri Lanka managed a modest total of 124 for 9 in their 20 overs, thanks to a disciplined bowling performance by Mustafizur Rahman and Rishad Hossain. Mustafizur was instrumental, taking 3 wickets for 17 runs, while Rishad also claimed 3 wickets for 22 runs. Despite a solid start by Pathum Nissanka, who scored 47, the rest of the Sri Lankan batting lineup failed to capitalize.

Chasing 125, Bangladesh faced early setbacks, losing 3 wickets for just 28 runs within the powerplay. However, Tauhid Hriday’s quickfire 40 off 20 balls and Liton Das’s steady 36 runs helped stabilize the innings. The match remained tense as Bangladesh lost three more wickets towards the end, but Mahmudullah’s composed batting guided the team to victory with an over to spare.

Looking Ahead

These unexpected victories have reshaped the dynamics of the tournament, showcasing the rising competitiveness in international cricket. Afghanistan will next face hosts West Indies at the Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad on Wednesday, while Bangladesh looks to continue their momentum in their upcoming matches.

Both wins have invigorated fans and highlighted the unpredictable and thrilling nature of T20 cricket. As the tournament progresses, all eyes will be on these teams to see if they can maintain their form and continue to challenge the traditional powerhouses of cricket.

Key Highlights

  1. Afghanistan vs New Zealand: Afghanistan won by 84 runs.
  2. Rahmanullah Gurbaz: 80 runs off 56 balls
  3. Fazalhaq Farooqui: 4 wickets for 17 runs
  4. Rashid Khan: 4 wickets for 17 runs
  5. Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka: Bangladesh won by 2 wickets.
  6. Mustafizur Rahman: 3 wickets for 17 runs
  7. Rishad Hossain: 3 wickets for 22 runs
  8. Tauhid Hriday: 40 runs off 20 balls
  9. Liton Das: 36 runs

These remarkable victories underscore the potential and growth of cricketing nations like Afghanistan and Bangladesh, making the T20 World Cup an even more exciting event to follow.


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