After the defeat against Afghanistan, Mitchell Marsh tried to weaken Team India, said…

Australia's Semi-Final Hopes in Jeopardy After Afghanistan Upset

Australia’s Semi-Final Hopes in Jeopardy After Afghanistan Upset

Australia faced a surprising 21-run defeat against Afghanistan in their second match of the Super 8 round of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024. This unexpected loss has complicated Australia’s path to the semi-finals. Despite their dominant win over Bangladesh by 28 runs (DLS method) in their first Super 8 match, the loss to Afghanistan has put significant pressure on the team to win their final Super 8 match against India on June 24.

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Mitchell Marsh’s Confidence and Criticism

After the loss to Afghanistan, Australian captain Mitchell Marsh remained optimistic about their chances. When asked about the crucial upcoming match against India, Marsh attempted to downplay India’s strength, stating, “We have to win our next match and there can be no better team than India, against whom we want to win.” This comment has sparked criticism from netizens and Indian cricket fans, who view it as an attempt to undermine Team India.

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Afghanistan’s Brilliant Performance

Afghanistan delivered a stellar performance against Australia. Their opening pair, Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran, set a strong foundation with a 116-run partnership. Gurbaz scored 60 runs, while Zadran added 51 runs. Despite their efforts, Afghanistan managed to score only 148 runs for 6 wickets. However, their bowlers rose to the occasion, with Gulbadin Naib taking 4 wickets for just 20 runs, leading to Australia being bowled out for 127 runs in 19.2 overs

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