Australia vs Afghanistan | Afghanistan with a four-run victory and now must rely on Sri Lanka to upset England. Despite scoring 168 runs in the first 20 overs of the game, the Australians came up short.
The host team added another 30 runs over the final four and a half overs while failing to dismiss Afghanistan. To surpass England, with whom they are competing for second place in Group 1, Australia needed to knock Afghanistan out for less than 106 runs.
It was a thrilling and suspenseful pursuit in which Afghanistan came close to winning. Rashid Khan almost stole the victory with a run total of 48 (23), but he was ultimately unsuccessful.
Australians are hoping that Sri Lanka will win.
Australia must now wait and observe the impending outcomes.Despite being in second place, the Australians (-0.173) have a negative Net Run Rate (NRR) and have put themselves in a highly vulnerable situation.
The only thing England needs to do to get to the finals is win; they are now on their tails.
This implies that if Sri Lanka is to give Australia a chance to win the T20 World Cup back-to-back on Saturday, a surprise must occur.
Australian batsmen continue to struggle
Australia vs Afghanistan | The Australian batsmen once again struggled at home, scoring 168 runs against Afghanistan in the 20 overs. Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh are the only ones who can hold their heads high as they wait to find out if they will go to the finals, leaving it up to too few.
The tail did almost little to assist the situation, contributing only 13 runs in total between Cameron Green, Steve Smith, and Matthew Wade.
The home team has scored 159 runs on average per innings, or just under eight per over.
Rashid Khan can accomplish almost anything.
For Afghanistan, Khan had a great batting performance. The all-rounder continued hitting the boundary when all hope appeared lost, quickly giving his nation a chance for a storied triumph.
The highlight of the evening, as anxious Australian fans watched, was Khan’s 48 runs (four sixes and three fours) off 23 balls, even if it fell short of Australia’s total. For Afghanistan, the spinner bowled successfully, taking one wicket in four over.