Afghanistan beat PNG by seven wickets to make it to the Super 8, New Zealand out of T20 World Cup

Afghanistan vs Papua New Guinea, T20 World Cup 2024: Papua New Guinea batted first and set a modest target of 96 runs. In reply, Afghanistan achieved it by losing three wickets in 15.1 overs. Gulbadin Naib played an unbeaten 49 off 36 balls for Afghanistan.

Jun 14, 2024 - 13:43
Afghanistan beat PNG by seven wickets to make it to the Super 8, New Zealand out of T20 World Cup

The 29th match of the T20 World Cup 2024 was played between Afghanistan and Papua New Guinea. In this match played at Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad, Afghanistan once again performed brilliantly and defeated Papua New Guinea by seven wickets.

This is Afghanistan's third consecutive win in this tournament. With this, he has reached the Super 8 with six points, topping the table of Group C. Apart from them, host West Indies has also made it to the Super 8, and New Zealand is out of the T20 World Cup 2024. This is the first time in history that the Kiwi team has been eliminated after losing the first two matches of this tournament.

In this match, Afghanistan's captain Rashid Khan won the toss and chose to bowl first. Papua New Guinea batted first, setting a moderate goal of 96 runs. Afghanistan responded by losing three wickets in 15.1 overs. Gulbadin Naib batted excellently for Afghanistan, scoring an undefeated 49 off 36 balls, including two sixes and four fours.

Apart from him, Rahmanullah Gurbaz scored 11 runs off seven balls, Azamtullah Omarzai 13 off 18 balls, and Mohammad Nabi 16 off 23 balls. Ibrahim Zadran had missed the mark. Papua New Guinea's Alei Nao, Semo Kamie, and Norman Vanua each got one wicket.

Earlier, Papua New Guinea's team was all out at 95 runs in 19.5 overs. For them, captain Assad Wala was out after scoring three runs and Tony Ura was out after scoring 11 runs. Lega Siaka and Sesse Bau could not open their account. Hiri Hiri was out after scoring one run. After this, Chad Soper scored nine runs and Norman Vanua (0) could not do anything special. Both were run out.

Kiplin Doriga could score 27 runs. Semo Kamiya scored two runs. John Kariko remained unbeaten after scoring four runs. Fazalhaq Farooqui took the maximum of three wickets from Afghanistan's side. Naveen Ul Haq got two wickets. Noor Ahmed got one wicket.

Muskan Kumawat Journalist & Content Writer