T20 World Cup: Naveen ul Haq shares cryptic post after match-winning spell vs Australia

Afghanistan seamer Naveen ul Haq posted a cryptic post on his Instagram account after match-winning spell against Australia in the Super 8 clash of the T20 World Cup 2024 on Sunday, June 23. Notably, the right-arm seamer bowled a sensational spell of 3/20 in four overs as he got the big wickets of Travis Head (0 off 3) and Mitchell Marsh (12 off 9) with the new ball.

Courtesy of his performance and Gulbadin Naib’s 4-fer, Afghanistan managed to beat Australia for the first time in international cricket after six meetings between the two teams. It was a historic achievement for the Rashid Khan-led side as the win ensured that they stay alive in the semi-finals race.

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Amid wild celebrations all over Afghanistan, Naveen posted a cryptic story on his Instagram handle. The 24-year-old shared a photograph comparing the support he got during tough times and the congratulatory messages he got after his match-winning performance.

Australia on the verge of elimination

Coming back to the match, after being put in to bat first, Afghanistan posted a good score of 148/6 in their allotted 20 overs. Openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz (60 off 49) and Ibrahim Zadran (51 off 48) got their team off to great start adding 118 runs for the first wicket off 95 balls.

However, following their dismissals, Pat Cummins (3/28) took his second consecutive hat trick of the tournament dismissing Rashid Khan (2 off 5), Karim Janat (13 off 9) and Gulbadin Naib (0 off 1). Adam Zampa (2/28) also picked up two wickets as Australia restricted Afghanistan under 150.

In the second innings, Australia’s chase got off to a disastrous start with Naveen ul Haq dismissing Travis Head (0 off 3) and Mitchell Marsh (12 off 9). Mohamad Nabi got the big wicket of David Warner (3 off 8) to leave Australia on 32/3. Seeing his team in trouble, Glenn Maxwell once again looked like bailing Australia out of trouble scoring a magnificent half century (59 off 41).

However, his dismissal in the 15th over by Gulbadin Naib (4/20) brought Afghanistan on the verge of a win as Australia were eventually bundled out for 127 in 19.2 overs. As a result, Afghanistan won the match by 21 runs and pushed Australia on the verge of elimination from T20 World Cup.

Published By:

Rishabh Beniwal

Published On:

Jun 23, 2024

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