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Sports news | T20 World Cup: Afghanistan skipper Rashid praises openers’ running between wickets after win over NZ

Rashid and Fazalhaq Farooqi celebrate their victory. (Photo-ICC

Providence (Guyana), June 8 (ANI): After his side’s victory over New Zealand in their ICC T20 World Cup match, Afghanistan skipper Rashid Khan praised his team’s openers Rahmalluh Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran for their excellent running among the wickets when the boundaries dried up, which also demonstrated their tremendous stamina and energy.

Spin wizard Rashid Khan and pacer Fazalhaq Farooqi showed their prowess as they dismantled the New Zealand batting line-up and helped Afghanistan demolish the Blackcaps, registering an 84-run win in the Group C match of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2024 in the Providence Stadium on Friday (local time).

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Afterwards, in the post-match press conference, Rashid said about Gurbaz and Zadran’s strike rotation: “Well, I think energy is very important in T20 and you have to show it whether you are batting, bowling or fielding – energy is the key to success.” The main thing that gives all the boys the motivation they need and the way the openers ran between the wickets in the last two games was exceptionally good. They batted 12-15 overs and they still had two runs and three runs in the 10th, 12th and that’s the kind of hard work they put in, you know. It doesn’t just happen in the game. There’s a lot of hard work behind it.’

“They took care of themselves and I think that’s the main reason for that, that they are very fit. They knew that this condition was coming where we would have to run those twos and threes. So for me that’s very satisfying when I see the batters running very hard between the wicket,” Rashid added.

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Speaking about the excited fans back home, Rashid said that cricket is a source of happiness for everyone back home in Afghanistan and they do not miss any matches no matter what time they take place.

I’m very sure this will give them so much to enjoy, to celebrate this victory. Lately we have had so many good wins against the big teams, but this one was also very special. I want to thank everyone for giving me all the benefits. love, support and prayers and we as a team will do our best to give our best for the rest of the matches as well,” he concluded.

In the match, New Zealand won the toss and put Afghanistan to bat first. An opening partnership of 103 runs between Gurbaz (80 in 56 balls, with five fours and five sixes) and Zadran (44 in 41 balls, with three fours and two sixes) and a cameo from Azmatullah Omarzai (22 in 13 balls, with a four and two sixes) took Afghanistan to 159/6 in their twenty overs.

Trent Boult (22/2) and Matt Henry (2/37) were the best bowlers for Kiwis.

In the chase of 160 runs, Kiwis lost wickets at regular intervals, with Fazalhaq Farooqi (4/17) and Rashid (4/17) destroying them within their opening spell. Only Glenn Phillips (18) and Matt Henry (12) reached double figures and the Kiwis were bowled out for 75 in 15.2 overs.

Gurbaz was the ‘Player of the Match’ for his knock.

Now, with two wins in two matches, Afghanistan are top of Group C. NZ are bottom, having lost their first match. (ANI)

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