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T20 World Cup: New Zealand out of tournament after Afghanistan beat PNG

New Delhi,UPDATED: June 14, 2024 09:10 IST

Afghanistan’s (AFG) victory over Papua New Guinea (PNG) by seven wickets in the 29th match of the T20 World Cup 2024 eliminated New Zealand (NZ) from the tournament. After opting to bowl first, Afghanistan outclassed PNG as they were bundled out for just 95 in 19.5 overs. In response, Afghanistan chased the target in overs.

As a result, Afghanistan qualified for the Super 8 stages of the tournament, eliminating New Zealand in the process. The team led by Kane Wiliamson had a disastrous start to the event as They lost their first match against Afghanistan by a huge margin of 84 runs.

Furthermore, they suffered a 13-run defeat against the West Indies, leaving them on the brink of elimination. The Kiwis currently sit last in Group C with a net run rate of -2.425. The semi-finalist from the previous edition will look to finish the tournament with victories against Uganda and PNG in the remaining matches.

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Coming back to the Afghanistan vs Papua New Guinea match, PNG lost their captain Assad Vala (3 for 2) in the second over himself when he was involved in an unfortunate run-out. Fazalhaq Farooqi (16/3) struck further with the new ball to get rid of Lega Siaka and Sese Bau from consecutive deliveries for the golden ducks.

Naveen ul Haq (2/4, 2.5 overs) also joined the party and picked up two wickets quickly to leave the opposition in all sorts of trouble at 30/5. Goalkeeper Kiplin Dogra did his best to stabilize the innings with his knock of 27 (32). However, Noor Ahmad caught him in front of the stumps in the 18th over. PNG had four runs in their innings, eventually taking them to 95 in 19.5 overs.

In response, Afghanistan lost openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz (11 for 7) and Ibrahim Zadran (0 for 7) with just 22 runs on the board. Azmatullah Omarzai (13 off 18) also went cheaply leaving his team at 55/3. Following their wicket, Gulbadin Naib (49* off 36) and Mohammad Nabi (16* off 23) guided their team home in 15.1 overs and sealed a seven-wicket win to qualify for the Super 8s.

Published by:

Rishabh Beniwal

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June 14, 2024

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