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AFG vs BAN, T20 World Cup: Afghanistan beats Bangladesh to reach T20 World Cup semi-finals, Australia eliminated

Afghanistan's Naveen-ul-Haq celebrates with his teammates taking the last Bangladesh wicket during the Super 8 match of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2024 on June 24, 2024.

Afghanistan’s Naveen-ul-Haq celebrates with his teammates the last Bangladesh wicket during the Super 8 match of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2024 on June 24, 2024. | Photo credit: AP

In an attempt to reach the target of just 116 points set by Afghanistan, all Bangladesh batsmen except Litton Das succumbed to the wiles of captain Rashid Khan and Naveen-ul-Haq in the ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2024 match at Kingstown on June 24. Afghanistan won the match by 8 points under the DLS method.

With this win over Bangladesh, Afghanistan marched into the semi-finals, eliminating Australia in the process. It is the first time Afghanistan has reached the last four of a major event.

Afghan openers Rahmanuttlah Gurbaz (43) and Ibrahim Zadran (18) batted first and got the team off to a leisurely start. Both openers failed to capitalise on their big knocks and scored 59 runs in 10.4 overs. Bangladesh bowlers bowled superbly to restrict Afghanistan to 115 for 5. Rashid Khan took Afghanistan past 100 with 10 balls and 19 and a respectable total to defend on a difficult pitch.

Bangladesh started their comeback weakly, losing Tanzid Hasan (0), Najmul Hossain Shanto (5) and Shakib Al Hasan (0) in quick succession as the score was 23-23.

Litton Das (54 not out) played a lonely game as wickets fell around him. Litton played to the end but could not take his team past the total.

Rashid Khan (4 for 23) and Naveen-ul-Haq (4 for 26) dominated the middle and last overs to take Afghanistan into the semi-finals.

The Bangladesh batsmen have only themselves to blame for their heartbreaking defeat against Afghanistan.

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