Afghanistan Eye Historic Semi-Final Spot Against Struggling Bangladesh

Afghanistan vs Bangladesh T20 World Cup

Match Details

  • Teams: Afghanistan vs Bangladesh
  • Date: June 24
  • Location: Kingstown
  • Time: 8:30 PM local

Big Picture: Scrapping for Semi-Finals

The path to the semi-finals will become clearer for both Afghanistan and Bangladesh several hours before they take the field for the final Group 1 match in the Super Eight phase of the men’s T20 World Cup 2024.

Bangladesh, already reeling from two heavy defeats against India and Australia, might be playing their last game of the tournament.

Afghanistan, on the other hand, have had a remarkable run in this World Cup. After a strong performance in last year’s 50-over World Cup in India, they have carried their momentum into this tournament. Despite setbacks against West Indies and India, a landmark victory against Australia has reignited their semi-final hopes.

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Key to their success has been the opening partnership of Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran, who notched their third century stand of the tournament against Australia. Additionally, the Afghan bowling attack has been versatile, with Gulbadin Naib and Naveen-ul-Haq stepping up against Australia, easing the burden on star spinner Rashid Khan.

Afghanistan faces a familiar foe in Bangladesh, who bested them in a T20I series last July. However, Bangladesh’s batting has faltered throughout this World Cup, with the top order having the lowest average among Super Eight teams. Their middle order is also struggling, prompting management to adjust the fast-bowling lineup to strengthen their batting.

Bangladesh’s recent performances against Australia and India have been lackluster, and they tend to decline towards the end of long tours. Nevertheless, they aim to make a statement before exiting the tournament.

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