Glenn Maxwell’s unbeaten 54 off 32 deliveries followed by Adam Zampa and Josh Hazlewood‘s brilliant spells guided Australia to a 4-run win over Afghanistan in their Super 12 clash of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022 here at Adelaide Oval on Friday.
“We got to about the 12th over mark where we just had to put a total on the board to make sure we gave ourselves a chance to win the game. Even though we tried to go hard, they bowled brilliantly in the last four overs. They executed their plans and it was difficult to get away. We will follow that (England vs Sri Lanka), we put ourselves in this situation but hopefully Sri Lanka can do the job for us, Glenn Maxwell said in a post-match presentation.
Rashid Khan is mostly known for his wrist spin, but he has always been a handy batsman. He smashed an unbeaten 48 off 23 deliveries to take Afghanistan close to the target. His knock consisted of three fours and four huge sixes, gave the Afghan fans something to cheer about and guided his team to a last-innings thriller.
“Afghanistan played very well, they hit the ball very cleanly. At the beginning they put us under pressure in the power play. We were able to hold them back, but then there was a nice clean strike to the back and we had a given a bit. of a scare,” said the Australian all-rounder.
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Maxwell’s unbeaten 54 off 32 deliveries helped Australia post a total of 168/8 in their Super 12 match.
“It was nice to have an impact in the field. I knew I wasn’t going to have much of an impact with the ball with the conditions they were in. To have an impact is nice. During the day was it pretty slow and turning, it stopped a little bit. It was kind of hard to express the issue,” Maxwell said.
Chasing a tough target of 169 runs, Rashid Khan shone with bat and ball for Afghanistan as the player played a thick unbeaten knock of 48 off 23 balls and picked up one wicket through 29 giving up runs, but it wasn’t enough to lead. Afghanistan house. Gulbadin Naib played a knock of 39 from 23 Rahmanullah Gurbaz also contributed as he scored 30 runs in 17 balls. For Australia, Zampa and Hazlewood picked up two wickets each.
Glenn Maxwell had earlier guided Australia to 168/8 in 20 overs as he smashed 54 runs in 32 balls. Mitchell Marsh was in excellent form until his innings was cut short and he left the game after scoring 45 runs. Before Marcus Stoinis was dismissed by Rashid Khan after scoring 21 runs, Maxwell and Stoinis seemed to be working well together. Earlier, after Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi won the toss and decided to bowl first, Cameron Green, David Warner and Steve Smith each lost their wickets during the clash. For Afghanistan, Naveen-ul-Haq bagged three while Fazalhaq Farooqi took two wickets.