WORLD T20: Afghanistan beat PNG to book Super Eight spot; New Zealand eliminated

SUMMARY: Afghanistan 101-3 from 15.1 over (Gulbadin Naib 49*; Semo Kamea 1-16) beat Papua New Guinea 95 all out from 19.5 overs (Kiplin Doriga 27; Fazalhaq Farooqi 3-16, Naveen-ul-Haq 2-4) by seven wickets

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Afghanistan are through to the T20 World Cup Super 8s after beating Papua New Guinea by seven wickets in Trinidad, eliminating New Zealand in the process.

After bowling out Papua New Guinea for 95, Afghanistan were made to work early in the chase but Gulbadin Naib’s unbeaten 49 got them over the line.

Gulbadin was the only batter to really find any rhythm on a tricky surface at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, hitting four fours and two sixes in his 36-ball knock.

Seamers Fazalhaq Farooqi (3-16) and Naveen-ul-Haq (2-4) did the damage for Afghanistan as three wickets in four balls left Papua New Guinea reeling at 12-3 early in the third over.

The Barramundis did not help themselves with four run-outs in the innings but having been 50-7, wicketkeeper Kiplin Doriga made 27 to somewhat improve the situation.

Conditions prevented Afghanistan from reaching their target as quickly as they might have wanted but Gulbadin finished it in style, smashing a six to complete a third straight win for Rashid Khan’s side with 29 balls to spare.

The result also confirms that New Zealand, who have reached the semi-finals in each of the last three T20 tournaments and were beaten finalists in 2021, will not progress from Group C.

Kane Williamson’s side were thrashed by Afghanistan in their opening game then lost to West Indies in their second match meaning the Black Caps will exit a World Cup before the last four for the first time since 2014. (BBC)

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