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Afghanistan rout Uganda in WC opener

June 05, 2024
Afghan batter Rehmanullah Gurbaz plays a shot in this image from June 4th, 2024.— AFP
Afghan batter Rehmanullah Gurbaz plays a shot in this image from June 4th, 2024.— AFP

GEORGETOWN: Afghanistan produced a dominant bowling and batting performance to thrash debutants Uganda by 125 runs in the T20 World Cup in Guyana on Monday.

Afghanistan openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran laid the foundations for the win with an opening stand of 154 in Afghanistan´s 183-5. Left-arm seamer Fazalhaq Farooqi dazzled with five wickets for just nine runs as Uganda were skittled for 58 in 16 overs.

“It was the kind of start we wanted as a team,” Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan said. “It does not matter who we play, it is about the mindset. “The hard work we have done in the last few weeks, the way the openers started and the way our bowlers bowled — it was a great overall team effort.”

Afghanistan had looked poised for a massive total after Gurbaz´s 76 off 45 balls which included four fours and four sixes. Zadran was in similarly swashbuckling form, blasting 70 off 46 deliveries including nine fours and a six.

Gurbaz and Zadran´s opening partnership was the second highest in men´s T20 World Cup history, beaten only by the 170 by England´s Jos Buttler and Alex Hales in 2022. But when Gurbaz and Zadran fell in the space of four balls, Uganda were able to peg back Afghanistan.

Masaba claimed a piece of cricket history for the East African nation after taking his country´s first ever World Cup wicket, bowling Zadran in the 15th over to leave the score at 154-1.

Uganda won the toss

Afghanistan (20 ovs maximum)

Gurbaz † c Riazat b Ramjani 76

Zadran b Masaba 70

Zadran c Nakrani b Masaba 2

Nabi not out 14

Naib c Masaba b Kyewuta 4

Omarzai c Ramjani b Kyewuta 5

Khan (c) not out 2

Extras: (b 1, lb 2, nb 1, w 6) 10

Total: 20 Ov (RR: 9.15) 183/5

Fall of wickets: 1-154, 2-156, 3-162, 4-169, 5-181

Bowling: Alpesh Ramjani 4-0-33-1, Cosmas Kyewuta 4-0-25-2, Dinesh Nakrani 3-0-37-0, Bilal Hassan 2-0-34-0, Henry Ssenyondo 2-0-19-0, Riazat Ali Shah 1-0-11-0, Brian Masaba 4-0-21-2

Uganda Innings

Patel b Fazalhaq 4

Ssesazi † c Fazalhaq b Mujeeb 4

Mukasa lbw b Fazalhaq Farooqi 0

Ali Shah b Fazalhaq Farooqi 11

Nakrani b Naveen-ul-Haq 6

Ramjani c Gulbadin b Naveen 0

Obuya c †Rahmanullah b Fazalhaq 14

Masaba (c) c †Rahmanullah b Fazalhaq 0

Hassan lbw b Rashid 8

Kyewuta not out 2

Ssenyondo b Rashid Khan 0

Extras: (lb 2, w 7) 9

TOTAL: 16 Ov (RR: 3.62) 58

Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-4, 3-8, 4-18, 5-18, 6-47, 7-47, 8-48, 9-58, 10-58

Bowling: Fazalhaq Farooqi 4-0-9-5, Mujeeb Ur Rahman 3-0-16-1, Naveen-ul-Haq 2-0-4-2, Azmatullah Omarzai 2-0-7-0, Rashid Khan 4-0-12-2, Mohammad Nabi 1-0-8-0

Result: Afghanistan won by 125 runs

Player of the match: Fazalhaq Farooqi

Umpires: Ahsan Raza, Kumar Dharmasena