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Australia suffers a historic 21-run defeat to Afghanistan as T20 World Cup dreams teeter on the edge

Australia suffers shock 21-run defeat to Afghanistan at T20 World Cup, jeopardizing semifinal hopes

Australia Suffers Shock Defeat to Afghanistan at Men’s T20 World Cup, Semifinal Hopes in Jeopardy

Australia faced a shocking 21-run defeat to Afghanistan in a crucial Super Eight match at the men’s Twenty20 World Cup, leaving their semifinal hopes hanging by a thread. This marked Afghanistan’s first win over Australia in any format, delivering a historic victory.

The match saw Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran set a record-breaking 118-run partnership, defying tough conditions on a fiendish St. Vincent wicket. Despite Pat Cummins’ heroic hat-trick performance, Afghanistan managed to post a total of 148 runs.

Chasing 149 for victory, Australia stumbled early on, with a sluggish start and losing wickets in the powerplay. Glenn Maxwell’s valiant effort with the bat, scoring 59 runs, could not steer Australia to victory.

Sloppy fielding and missed opportunities plagued Australia, evident from the dropped catches and misfields that Australia struggled to overcome. Gulbadin Naib’s superb 4-20 helped Afghanistan dominate with the ball, sealing their victory.

The loss now puts Australia’s chances of reaching the semifinals in jeopardy, with their fate possibly reliant on net run-rate. Captain Mitch Marsh remains positive, emphasizing the need for a win in their upcoming match against India.

Afghanistan’s historic victory keeps their fairytale semifinal berth alive, setting the stage for an exciting final round of matches in the Super Eight stage. The clash between Australia and India promises to be a crucial test for both teams.

Overall, Australia’s defeat to Afghanistan highlights the unpredictable nature of T20 cricket and underscores the competitiveness of the men’s World Cup tournament.

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