Updated June 8th, 2024 at 13:20 IST

'One of the Greatest Performances' Rashid Khan hails Afghanistan after UPSETTING New Zealand in WC

Afghanistan stunned New Zealand as they bowled them out for only 75 runs to secure a 84 run win in the T20 World Cup 2024. Rashid Khan led from the front.

Rashid Khan hails Afghanistan after fantastic win over New Zealand | Image:X/Screengrab
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The story of underdogs at the T20 World Cup 2024 doesn't seem to be coming to an end as Afghanistan has followed in the footsteps of USA and pulled off a stunning upset over New Zealand in the Group C fixture at T20 World Cup 2024. 

Afghanistan batting first set a total of 160 to chase for New Zealand at the Providence Stadium in West Indies. In a shocking turn of events, Rashid Khan and spun his web and Fazalhaq Farooqi rampaged the batters as Afghanistan bundled New Zealand for their fourth lowest total in T20 World Cup history - 75. 

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Afghanistan secured a 84 run victory and post the victory their captain and spin king Rashid Khan who took 4 wickets on the night was absolutely delighted and hailed his team's incredible effort. 

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Rashid Khan hails Afghanistan team after stunning upset of New Zealand

Afghanistan's stunning victory over New Zealand at the T20 World Cup 2024 will certainly go down as one of their greatest cricketing wins in history. 

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Their skipper Rashid Khan was the hero for Afghanistan as he picked up 4 wickets conceding just 16 runs. In his post match address, Rashid Khan seemed to agree with the notion as he called it one of their Greatest Performances. 

"It’s one of the greatest performances from us, especially in T20 and against New Zealand – a big team,” said Rashid Khan at the post-match ceremony.

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For Rashid Khan he was really proud of the effort and commitment shown by his team in the match as he praised the energy of the team. 

“We have to give 100 percent effort and energy whether we win or lose. For me, effort is everything – I don’t care about losing or winning. The energy around the team makes me more happy," added the Afghan skipper. 

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Rashid Khan further elaborated that the win was set up by the Afghanistan openers and batters as it wasn't an easy wicket to score on.  

“It wasn’t an easy wicket to score on but they (the openers) took it deep. It’s a great win and a great feeling to lead this win against New Zealand. Anything 160-170 that we score on these wickets then we are going to have a chance with out bowlers. The seamers and the spinners started well – especially Nabi. If we use our skills it will be very hard for the opponents to score runs," concluded Rashid Khan.

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Afghanistan will feel great about their victory as they start their T20 World Cup campaign in spectacular fashion and two wins on trot and four points on the board. They will now face Papua New Guinea in their next fixture before facing the hosts West Indies. As for New Zealand they will quickly want to move on from this result and look ahead in what could be a tricky group for them. 

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Published June 8th, 2024 at 09:20 IST