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23-Jun-2024 04:27:00 GMT
Afg vs Aus - 48th match, Super 8s, St Vincent

Afghanistan shock Australia to keep semi-final hopes alive

Afghanistan 148/6 (Gurbaz 60, Ibrahim 51, Cummins 3-28)
Australia 127 (Maxwell 59, Gulbadin 4-20, Naveen-ul-Haq 3-20)
Afghanistan won by 21 runs

Afghanistan shocked Australia to keep their T20 World Cup hopes alive with an historic 21-run win in St Vincent.

Needing a victory to avoid elimination, Afghanistan posted 148-6 on a challenging surface on the back of a superb opening stand of 118 between Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran.

They quickly reduced Australia to 32-3 in the chase but Glenn Maxwell’s 35-ball half-century recovered the situation for the 2021 champions.

But just when Australia seemed to have the advantage, Gulbadin Naib removed Marcus Stoinis and Tim David before claiming the prize scalp of Maxwell.

From there Australia collapsed from 106-6 to 113-9 and Afghanistan sealed the win - their first over Australia in any form of cricket - in the final over.

Pat Cummins had earlier taken his second hat-trick in as many games - the first player to achieve the feat in T20 internationals - but despite Australia's fightback with the ball, Afghanistan's total proved to be beyond them.

Rashid Khan's side are now firmly back in contention to reach the semi-finals and face Bangladesh in their last Super 8s game (Tuesday, 01:30 BST).

Meanwhile, Australia take on India in St Lucia Monday and will likely need to win to progress to the last four.

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