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Afghanistan vs Bangladesh, 52nd Match, Super Eights, Group 1 at Kingstown, T20 World Cup, Jun 24 2024 - Match Result

RESULT
52nd Match, Super Eights, Group 1 (N), Kingstown, June 24, 2024, ICC Men's T20 World Cup
(17.5/19 ov, T:114) 105

Afghanistan won by 8 runs (DLS method)

Player Of The Match
4/26
naveen-ul-haq
Cricinfo's MVP
141.3 ptsImpact List
rashid-khan
Match centre 
Scores: Sudeep Poojar | Comms: Abhimanyu Bose
Scorecard summary
Afghanistan 115/5(20 overs)
Bangladesh 105/10(17.5 overs)
54* (49)
4/23 (4)
4/26 (3.5)
Cricinfo’s Most Valuable Players of the Match
PLAYERTeam
TI
Runs
I. Runs
B. Impact
Bowl
I. Wkts
Bo. Impact
AFG141.319(10)26.9746.014/235.2295.29
AFG79.11--04/264.6579.11
BAN71.654(49)65.271.6--0
BAN51.940(1)- 0.45- 1.063/263.253
AFG40.9543(55)39.2240.95--0

1.40am What a game of cricket! A fittingly thrilling end to the Super Eight stage. And Afghanistan, who couldn't register a single win in the last edition of the T20 World Cup, now find themselves in the semi-finals of a World Cup for the first time, with Australia bowing out. You can read all about how this thriller went down in S Sudarshanan's report. There will be plenty more coverage from the match, and in the build-up to the semi-finals, so keep checking in. For now, on behalf of Madushka, Sudeep and everyone else at ESPNcricinfo, it's Abhimanyu signing off.

Rashid Khan: "It's a dream for us to be in the semi-finals. The way we started the tournament, the belief came when we beat New Zealand. It's unbelievable. The only guy who put us inthe semi-finals was Brian Lara and we proved him right. When we met him at a welcome party, I told him we won't let you down. We thought 130-135 was a good score but we fell 15 runs short. We knew they would come hard at us and we knew that is what we could take advantage of. We didn't need to do anything extra, just be clear in our plans. We wanted to make people back home happy, that was the discussion we had and everyone did a wonderful job. [On the new ball bowlers] In T20s if you get a good start, it helps us in the middle overs. They have given great starts to us in the whole competition. It makes it easier for us to go harder at the batsmen. They have delivered, they were very clear in their minds. [On the Gulbadin situation] Rain is something not in our hands but mentally we knew we have to play 20 overs and take 10 wickets. That's the only way we could win. But Gulbadin he had some cramps. But his wicket was invaluable to us. It's a massive celebration back home. It's a big achievement for us as well. We have done that at U-19 level but at this World Cup, I don't have any words to describe the feeling back home. We have to go into the semis with a very clear mind and make sure we enjoy the occasion." He signs off with a message in Pashto.

Najmul Hossain Shanto: "I think we bowled really well. As a bowling unit we did a lot of good things. But as a batting unit we made some poor decisions specially in the middle overs. Normal plan was first three wickets we go hard, especially in the first six overs, and if we lose early wickets we play normally. But we didn't execute that. Whole tournament we bowled really well, especially Rishad the new guy came and bowled really well, I am really happy for him. As a fielding team we did a lot of good things, took really good catches. As a batting unit we really need to improve a not. Going forward we need to think about our batting. [On the rain delays] It happened but we can't make excuses. Also with the ball getting wet it was coming on nicely so that was a good thing."

1.20am In 2009, Mohammad Nabi was playing in Buenos Aires in the ICC WCL Division 3. Today, he is headed for a World Cup semi-final! And he is part of an Afghanistan dance in the middle, and why shouldn't he be?!

What a match, what high drama. In the middle of this was, of course, Gulbadin Naib who went down with an apparent cramp when rain was coming on. But he was soon back on the field and bowling! Read all about it here.

So, who will Afghanistan face in their maiden World Cup semi-final? This is how the semi-finals look.

Kiruba: "As a South African fan, I am happy." Famous last words...?

Kishore : "How long since Aussies did not qualify for knock-out stage in an ICC Event?" Well, it's been a whole two years. They failed to make the semis in the 2022 T20 World Cup, so not all that long back!

Mohd Waji : "Why is Rashid not POTM?" That is a good question. His three sixes helped Afghanistan get a respectable total and then his spell in the middle really broke the game open. And that's why he is ESPNcricinfo's MVP!

Player of the match is Naveen-ul-Haq: "We have worked so hard over the past few years and we were dreaming and working for this day. I'm lost for words. [On his spell] We always knew that they were going hard in the powerplay to chase the total down in 12.1 overs so we knew we were in the game as long as we kept picking wickets. We had confidence that these wickets are not high-scoring wickets. As long as we don't give easy runs we knew we would have a chance."

Amey: "3 times Afganistan were on hat-trick. That shows how they have made comebacks regularly."

Ashish: "So one of SA or AFG will have a shot at first WC trophy, this is amazing and special for both of them."

1.10amGurbaz is in tears, there are hugs all over and Afghanistan are in a World Cup semi-final for the first time! What a thriller. Afghanistan would have felt they scored below par, and then got wickets, but Litton Das, who has carried his bat, kept Bangladesh well above the asking rate. Rashid Khan's magnificent burst in the middle overs then set Bangladesh back, while rain kept DLS scores in play with multiple delays. In the end, Litton kept losing partners and Afghanistan, despite a few dropped chances, seal a historic win! Rashid finishes with four, Naveen with another four-for after his spell against Australia. His two in the opening spell were key. There will be some broken Australian hearts as well, who are knocked out with this result.

Kiran: "So that inning from Gurbaz, slow as it was, was worth it's weight in gold. Same for the 19/10 by Rashid in the end. Potm for sure"

17.5
W
Naveen-ul-Haq to Mustafizur, OUT

He traps him and UP GOES THE FINGER! Afghanistan players race off in celebration, but Bangladesh have reviewed. It looked plumb. Was there an inside edge though? Nope, and that's red on all three! Length ball angles in from outside off and raps him right in front of middle. Afghanistan are through to the semis!

Mustafizur Rahman lbw b Naveen-ul-Haq 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 1m) SR: 0

Mustafizur is the new batter. Now new gloves are coming on for Litton. Rashid having a chat with the umpire. Remember, Afghanistan are ahead on DLS. And now we should be ready to go

The players go off briefly but the rain stops and they are coming back on again!

17.4
W
Naveen-ul-Haq to Taskin, OUT

Naveen gets him! Taskin chops on! Prods at a full slower ball outside off and gets an inside edge! And that takes the DLS par score to 108! And the rain is coming down again!

Taskin Ahmed b Naveen-ul-Haq 2 (9b 0x4 0x6 31m) SR: 22.22
17.3
1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Litton Das, 1 run

Naveen puts him down! Full around off, punched back to the bowler, and it bursts through! Oh my!

17.2
1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Taskin, 1 run

Back of length delivery, punched with an open face to deep third's left

It is drizzling again

17.1
1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Litton Das, 1 run

Slower length ball around off, cut away behind point

Naveen returns

end of over 174 runs
BAN: 102/8CRR: 6.00 RRR: 6.00 • Need 12 from 12b
Taskin Ahmed1 (7b)
Litton Das52 (47b 5x4 1x6)
Gulbadin Naib 2-0-5-1
Noor Ahmad 4-0-13-0

102 the par score. So it will be a tie as things stand

16.6
Gulbadin to Taskin, no run

Big shout for caught behind as Taskin pokes at a back of length delivery from outside off. But probably more in hope than anything else. No review taken

16.5
Gulbadin to Taskin, no run

On a length around off, Taskin taps it towards cover. They decide against a risky single

16.4
1
Gulbadin to Litton Das, 1 run

Back of length again, Litton pulls it to deep midwicket for another easy single

16.3
1
Gulbadin to Taskin, 1 run

Full on the pads, Taskin flicks it away to deep midwicket

Karthik: "Who's got the nerves now?" - I know I do! DJ Bravo probably does too, he is on the edge of the rope

16.2
1
Gulbadin to Litton Das, 1 run

Dug in short outside off, Litton pulls it down to long-on. That's 100 up for Bangladesh

16.1
1lb
Gulbadin to Taskin, 1 leg bye

Full on leg and angling down, goes off Taskin's pad behind square leg. They get the run

end of over 164 runs
BAN: 98/8CRR: 6.12 RRR: 5.33 • Need 16 from 18b
Litton Das50 (45b 5x4 1x6)
Taskin Ahmed0 (3b)
Noor Ahmad 4-0-13-0
Gulbadin Naib 1-0-2-1

And the par score now is 99 for 8

15.6
Noor Ahmad to Litton Das, no run

Traps him on the pad and Noor thinks he has his man. Afghanistan review. This is tossed up full outside off, spinning in to hit him on the front pad as he presses forward. There's no inside edge. Oh, and it's umpire's call on impact so Litton will survive! Noor looks distraught.

From over the wicket now

15.5
Noor Ahmad to Litton Das, no run

On a length outside off, fended to the off side

15.4
Noor Ahmad to Litton Das, no run

On a length around off, Litton blocks

15.3
Noor Ahmad to Litton Das, no run

Back of length googly outside off, spins away out of Litton's arc

15.2
4
Noor Ahmad to Litton Das, FOUR runs

Swept away for four! Tossed up full outside off, he hammers it over square leg and it goes for a one-bounce four. Brings up a half-century for him as well amid a torrid run of form

15.1
Noor Ahmad to Litton Das, no run

Comes from around the wicket and tosses up a wrong'un on middle and off. Litton just manages to get his bat down on time!

Noor to bowl out

end of over 153 runs • 1 wicket
BAN: 94/8CRR: 6.26 RRR: 5.00 • Need 20 from 24b
Litton Das46 (39b 4x4 1x6)
Taskin Ahmed0 (3b)
Gulbadin Naib 1-0-2-1
Noor Ahmad 3-0-9-0

The par score now 97. Bangladesh still three runs behind

14.6
1
Gulbadin to Litton Das, 1 run

Back of length delivery, Litton pulls it along the ground to deep midwicket

Patel: "In next series of Test series in Amazon prime I would like to see Australia team while watching this match"

14.5
1lb
Gulbadin to Taskin, 1 leg bye

Length ball angles into Taskin and goes off his thigh pads towards short fine

Sumit: "What a miraculous recovery from Gulbadin ..."

14.4
Gulbadin to Taskin, no run

Banged in short outside off, Taskin ducks under it

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
Litton Das
54 runs (49)
5 fours1 six
Productive shot
cut shot
9 runs
2 fours0 six
Control
71%
Rahmanullah Gurbaz
43 runs (55)
3 fours1 six
Productive shot
push
9 runs
0 four0 six
Control
76%
Best performances - bowlers
Rashid Khan
O
4
M
0
R
23
W
4
ECO
5.75
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Naveen-ul-Haq
O
3.5
M
0
R
26
W
4
ECO
6.78
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
LEGOFF
LHB
3W
1W
Match details
Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown, St Vincent
TossAfghanistan, elected to bat first
Series
Season2024
Player Of The Match
Match numberT20I no. 2722
Match days24 June 2024 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
PointsAfghanistan 2, Bangladesh 0
Language
English
Win Probability
AFG 100%
AFGBAN
100%50%100%AFG InningsBAN Innings

Over 18 • BAN 105/10

Taskin Ahmed b Naveen-ul-Haq 2 (9b 0x4 0x6 31m) SR: 22.22
W
Mustafizur Rahman lbw b Naveen-ul-Haq 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 1m) SR: 0
W
Afghanistan won by 8 runs (DLS method)
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ICC Men's T20 World Cup

Super Eights, Group 1
TEAMMWLPTNRR
IND33062.017
AFG3214-0.305
AUS3122-0.331
BAN3030-1.709
Super Eights, Group 2
TEAMMWLPTNRR
SA33060.599
ENG32141.992
WI31220.963
USA3030-3.906
Group A
TEAMMWLPTNRR
IND43071.137
USA42150.127
PAK42240.294
CAN4123-0.493
IRE4031-1.293
Group B
TEAMMWLPTNRR
AUS44082.791
ENG42153.611
SCOT42151.255
NAM4132-2.585
OMA4040-3.062
Group C
TEAMMWLPTNRR
WI44083.257
AFG43161.835
NZ42240.415
UGA4132-4.510
PNG4040-1.268
Group D
TEAMMWLPTNRR
SA44080.470
BAN43160.616
SL41230.863
NED4132-1.358
NEP4031-0.542