Under the leadership of captain Rashid Khan, Afghanistan cricket team etched their name in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup history on Sunday by defeating former world champions and the reigning ODI world champion Australia in their second Super Eight match at the Arnos Vale Ground in Kingstown.

The victory not only shocked the Australians but also left the cricket community in awe, showcasing Afghanistan’s rising capabilities on the global stage.

Afghanistan defended their modest total of 148/6, limiting Australia to a mere 127 runs, rather getting their all 10 wickets, rare sight in international cricket. Gulbadin Naib’s impressive four-wicket haul overshadowed Pat Cummins’s hat-trick, causing the Australian batting lineup to collapse. This defeat marked Australia’s first loss to Afghanistan in six international encounters.

Post-match, the Afghan team celebrated uniquely, dancing to Dwayne Bravo’s famous song, ‘Champion’ song. The joyful scene included players like Rashid Khan, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Mohammad Nabi, Dwayne Bravo and even coach Jonathan Trott.

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Afghanistan’s innings was bolstered by strong performances from Rahmanullah Gurbaz (60) and Ibrahim Zadran (51), who provided a solid start. Despite Pat Cummins’s hat-trick, who claimed the wickets of Rashid Khan, Karim Janat, and Gulbadin Naib, and additional wickets taken by Adam Zampa and Marcus Stoinis, Afghanistan managed to post a competitive total.

In their chase, Australia faltered. Aside from Glenn Maxwell’s resilient 59, no other batsman could muster significant runs, with the team folding for 127 in 19.2 overs. Gulbadin Naib led the bowling attack with four wickets, supported by Naveen-ul-Haq’s three wickets, and contributions from Azmatullah Omarzai, Mohammad Nabi, and Rashid Khan, each picking up one wicket.

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