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Afghanistan Semifinal Hopes Revived
- Updated: November 8, 2023
Despite Glenn Maxwell’s extraordinary performance, Afghanistan remains in the ODI World Cup 2023 semifinal race. Australia, with Maxwell’s incredible 201 not out, managed to chase down 292, securing their spot in the semifinals. However, Afghanistan still has a chance to qualify by beating South Africa and improving their Net Run Rate (NRR), which is currently lower than Pakistan and New Zealand. If Afghanistan wins but not by a significant margin, they will rely on New Zealand and Pakistan losing their upcoming matches. Here are the remaining fixtures for the concerned teams:
- Afghanistan vs. South Africa on November 10 in Ahmedabad.
- New Zealand vs. Sri Lanka on November 9 in Bangalore.
- Pakistan vs. England on November 11 in Kolkata.
In the match against Australia, Afghanistan initially batted well, with Ibrahim Zadran scoring a brilliant 129 not out. However, Glenn Maxwell’s remarkable innings turned the game in Australia’s favor, with 21 fours and 10 sixes. Despite a strong start and several wickets, Afghanistan couldn’t contain Maxwell’s onslaught, ultimately leading to their defeat. Afghanistan’s captain, Hashmatullah Shahidi, expressed disappointment but also pride in his team’s performance. He credited Maxwell for his exceptional batting and expressed hope for a strong comeback against South Africa.
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By- Sahiba Suri