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T20 World Cup: Afghanistan hammer New Zealand by 84 runs in ‘historic’ win | Cricket News

Skipper Rashid Khan and in-form left-arm pacer Fazalhaq Farooqi each took four wickets as Afghanistan stunned New Zealand by 84 runs in a Group C clash of the T20 World Cup in Guyana, which is also their first win over the Kiwis in T20 internationals.
Chasing a target of 160 at the Providence Stadium, the 2021 runners-up were bowled out for 75 in just 15.2 overs.Only two batters, Glen Phillips (18) and Matt Henry (12), managed to reach double digits.
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Farooqi and Khan both finished with identical figures of 4 for 17.
Wicketkeeper-batter Rahmanullah Gurbaz, fresh from winning the IPL with Kolkata Knight Riders, gave Afghanistan a fantastic start with a 56-ball 80 after New Zealand chose to bowl. Gurbaz hit five sixes and as many fours, sharing a 103-run partnership for the first wicket with Ibrahim Zadran (44 off 41 balls) in 14.3 overs.

Gurbaz was named the ‘Player of the Match’ for his batting effort.
However, Afghanistan couldn’t finish strongly as Trent Boult (2/22) and Matt Henry (2/37) restricted them to 159 for 6.
(With AFP inputs)

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