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Afghanistan Secures Maiden T20 World Cup Semifinals Spot, Defeats Bangladesh by 8 Runs in Thrilling Match
Jun 25, 2024 01:02 pm

Divya Delhi: Afghanistan has made history by qualifying for the T20 World Cup semifinals for the first time, thanks to a stunning eight-run victory over Bangladesh in a match marked by multiple rain interruptions. The Afghans, led by four-wicket hauls from Naveen-ul-Haq and Rashid Khan, defended a modest total of 115 to dismiss Bangladesh for 105.

The match was interrupted by rain four times, adding to the drama and uncertainty. Despite the challenges, Afghanistan's bowlers remained focused, with Naveen taking 4/26 and Rashid 4/23 to restrict Bangladesh's chase. Litton Das, who top-scored for Bangladesh with an unbeaten 54, threatened to take his team across the line, but Naveen's two wickets in consecutive deliveries sealed the win for Afghanistan.

Afghanistan's win is a testament to their hard work and determination over the past few years. "We have worked so hard over the past few years and we were dreaming of this day," said Naveen. "It's a surreal experience." The team will now look to build on this momentum as they prepare for their semifinal showdown.