T20 Australia vs Afghanistan World Cup 2022: AUS vs AFG Cricket Match 2022
T20 WC 2022, 38th Match, Super 12 Group 1: Australia defeated Afghanistan by the slimmest of margins in a nail-biting match. Rashid Khan produced some fireworks at the end with his blistering 48 from only 23 balls. They were, however, four runs short.
On the other hand, Australia was preoccupied with matters other than qualifying for the World Cup Semifinals.
AUS vs AFG World Cup Match 2022
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The pressure showed throughout the game. They looked like they would be able to make 200 runs during their batting innings when Glenn Maxwell 54(32) and Marcus Stoinis 25(21) batted together, but they collapsed due to some brilliant death bowling by Naveen-ul-Haq, whose four overs went for 21 runs and he picked three for. After a significant partnership between Gulbadin Naib 39(23) and Ibrahim Zaidan 26(33), Australia brought themselves back into the game in their bowling innings; Afghanistan was 101/5 at one point.
AUS vs AFG T20
When Rashid tonked a few, the pendulum swung back. Overall, another timid performance by the Aussies has jeopardised their chances of reaching the semi-finals. For Australia to advance, Sri Lanka must defeat England tomorrow at the SCG, or else the defending champions will be eliminated.
Australia: 168/8 Glen Maxwell 54(32), Mitchell Marsh 45(30) Naveen-ul-Haq 3-21(4)
Afghanistan: 164-7 Rashid Khan 48(23), Gulbadin Naib 39(23) Adam Zampa 2-22(4)
Player of the match: Glenn Maxwell
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The hosts needed a big win in Adelaide but faltered late with the bat, finishing with a middling 8-168 before Rashid Khan exploded late to take Afghanistan to 7-164 from 20 overs.