Afghanistan continued their dream run in World Cup 2023, defeating Netherlands by seven wickets in match number 34 of World Cup 2023 at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Friday, November 3. Afghanistan’s win over Netherlands was their third consecutive triumph in a row and pushed them up to No. 5 in the points table. They had earlier hammered Pakistan and Sri Lanka by eight and seven wickets respectively.
Afghanistan registered their second consecutive win of World Cup 2023 and third of the edition, defeating Sri Lanka by seven wickets in match number 30 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Monday, October 30. Bowling first after winning the toss, Afghanistan restricted Sri Lanka to 241 as Fazalhaq Farooqi shone with 4/34. Rahmat Shah (62), Hashmatullah Shahidi (58 not out) and Azmatullah Omarzai (73 not out) then combined to lift Afghanistan to victory in 45.2 overs.
Afghanistan rewrote the record books by registering their maiden ODI win over Pakistan in the 2023 World Cup match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Monday, October 23. Coming up with a dominant performance, Afghanistan chased down a seemingly challenging target of 283 in 49 overs with eight wickets in hand, registering their second won of the competition.
Kane Williamson might have got injured again, but New Zealand continued their domination in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. The Kiwis hammered Afghanistan by 149 runs in match number 16 of the tournament at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Wednesday, October 18. With the win, they also moved to the top of the points table, with eight points from four matches. For the record, New Zealand’s previous three wins in the 2023 World Cup were registered by margins of 9 wickets, 99 runs and eight wickets.
Afghanistan registered a historic 69-run win over England in match number 13 of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Sunday, October 15. Sent into bat after losing the toss, Afghanistan posted a competitive 284 on the board as opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz starred with 80 off 57 balls. Afghanistan spinners Mujeeb Ur Rahman (3/51), Rashid Khan (3/37) and Mohammad Nabi (2/16) then combined to bowl out England for 215 in 40.3 overs. Harry Brook (66 off 61) was the only England batter to offer some resistance.
Australia survived a blazing innings from Rashid Khan (48 not out off 23 balls) to beat Afghanistan by four runs in match number 38 of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 at the Adelaide Oval on Friday, November 4. With the win, the Aussies kept their semi-final qualification hopes alive. If Sri Lanka defeat England on Saturday, Australia will finish in the top two and progress to the next round from Group 1 with New Zealand, who have already qualified.
Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan by six wickets in a Super 12 match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 at The Gabba in Brisbane on Tuesday, November 1. Batting first after winning the toss in the Group 1 game, Afghanistan put up a disappointing 144 for 8 as Wanindu Hasaranga picked up 3 for 13, while Lahiru Kumara claimed 2 for 30. In response, Dhananjaya de Silva scored an unbeaten 66 off 42 as Sri Lanka crossed the target in 18.3 overs. The win kept Sri Lanka in contention for the semi-finals, while Afghanistan were knocked out.
Sam Curran claimed 5 for 10 as England beat Afghanistan by five wickets in a Super 12 match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 in Perth on Saturday, October 22. England bowled first after winning the toss and Curran’s brilliance restricted the opposition to 112 in 19.4 overs. Mark Wood struck early for England, sending back Rahmanullah Gurbaz for 10. At the other end, Ben Stokes sent back a struggling Hazratullah Zazai for 7 off 17 deliveries.
Team India batter Virat Kohli credited his wife Anushka Sharma for standing by him through thick and thin after registering his 71st international hundred on Thursday, September 8 in the Asia Cup 2022 Super 4 match against Afghanistan. He also dedicated his century, his first since November 2019, to his wife and daughter Vamika.