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Afghanistan Seal Maiden T20 World Cup Semi-Final Berth

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In a nail-biting encounter plagued by rain interruptions, Afghanistan scripted history on Monday night, defeating Bangladesh by ten runs and securing their maiden T20 World Cup semi-final berth.

The Afghan bowlers, led by the lethal spin duo of Rashid Khan and Naveen-ul-Haq, were the heroes of the day. Khan ripped through the Bangladeshi batting order, claiming four wickets, while Haq chipped in with an equally impressive four-wicket haul. Their combined efforts restricted Bangladesh to a below-par score, despite a valiant fightback from their middle order.

Chasing a revised target of 114 runs in 19 overs due to rain, Bangladesh faltered under pressure. The Afghan bowlers maintained tight lines and lengths, making it difficult for the Bangladeshi batsmen to score freely. The equation was clear for Bangladesh: chase down the target in 12.1 overs to surpass Australia and Afghanistan. Rain halted play multiple times, adding to the drama. Litton Das fought valiantly with an unbeaten 54, but Naveen’s crucial wickets sealed the deal. Afghanistan’s dream had come true.

This victory marks a watershed moment for Afghan cricket. The team, known for their spirited performances and passionate fan base, has finally reached the coveted semi-final stage of the T20 World Cup. Their success is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the players, coaches, and the entire cricketing fraternity in Afghanistan.

The resolute bowling performance and the team’s never-say-die attitude were crucial factors in Afghanistan’s triumph. They now await their semi-final opponent South Africa, with the potential for another historic chapter to be written in their T20 World Cup journey.

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