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T20 WC PIX: Afghanistan hand New Zealand a thrashing!

Last updated on: June 08, 2024 09:38 IST

Images from the T20 World Cup match between Afghanistan and New Zealand at Providence Stadium, Guyana, on Saturday.

IMAGE: Afghanistan pacer Fazalhaq Farooqi celebrates with teammates after dismissing Matt Henry, the last New Zealand wicket, in the Group C match of the T20 World Cup in Guyana on Saturday. Photograph: Afghanistan Cricket Board/X

Afghanistan's bowlers exploited to the full a pitch assisting both pace and spin at the Providence Stadium in Guyana on Friday as they skittled New Zealand for just 75 from 15.2 overs and bowled their team to a 84-run run victory in the T20 World Cup.

Afghanistan captain and spin bowler Rashid Khan took four for 17 in his team's second decisive victory of the tournament; they defeated Uganda by 125 runs at the same venue on Tuesday and are on top of Group C.


IMAGE: Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan, who finished with figures of 4 for 17, celebrates taking a wicket. Photograph: Afghanistan Cricket Board/X

After New Zealand captain Kane Williamson elected to field first, Afghanistan reached a respectable 159 for six from their 50 overs, with openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz (80) and Ibrahim Zadrau (44) putting on 103 for the first wicket from 14.3 overs.

Left-arm pace bowler Trent Boult took the new ball, with Lockie Ferguson opening from the other end, and conceded three boundaries in a row to Zadrau, two of them from streaky shots that flew down to fine leg and third man respectively.

IMAGE: Afghanistan opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz scored 80 off 56 balls, including 5 fours and as many sixes. Photograph: Afghanistan Cricket Board/X

Zadrau was dropped on the square leg boundary by Finn Allen from a lofted hook that he appeared to lose in the lights with the batsman on 13.

Gurbaz had already received a letoff when he dabbed the ball to third man, took off for a single and was out of his crease when he was sent back, but wicketkeeper Devon Conway was unable to catch the return.

IMAGE: Rahmanullah Gurbaz and his opening partner Ibrahim Zadran celebrate a boundary. Photograph: Afghanistan Cricket Board/X

New Zealand would still have been reasonably happy at the halfway stage with Afghanistan on 55 for two, but the two openers then went on the charge.

Zadrau hit off-spinner Michael Bracewell for a brace of sixes and Gurbaz cracked Boult for another six when the pace bowler returned.

Afghanistan's players celebrate after Fazalhaq Farooqi dismisses Devon Conway

IMAGE: Afghanistan's players celebrate after Fazalhaq Farooqi dismisses Devon Conway. Photograph: Afghanistan Cricket Board/X

The New Zealanders finally took a wicket when Matt Henry bowled Zadrau, and Henry took a second wicket when Azmatullah Omazari was caught by Lockie Ferguson for 22. Boult returned to take two wickets in the final over with a runout.

New Zealand were immediately in trouble when they lost Finn Allen to the first ball of their innings, bowled leg stump by a ball from Fazalhaq Farooqi that jagged back off the seam.

Afghanistan pacer Fazalhaq Farooqi struck with two early wickets in the Powerplay.

IMAGE: Afghanistan pacer Fazalhaq Farooqi struck with two early wickets in the Powerplay. Photograph: Afghanistan Cricket Board/X

His opening partner Devon Conway followed for eight and Daryl Mitchell was caught behind for five leaving New Zealand at a parlous 28 for three.

Khan took the ball and struck in his first over, dismissing Mark Chapman for four and Michael Bracewell with his next delivery.

He then dismissed his opposite number, Williamson caught at slip, and New Zealand were finally all out after 15.2 overs for their second-lowest T20 score ever.

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