T20 World Cup 2022: Semi Hopes Of Afghanistan, Netherlands Vanish


Brisbane: With two scathing defeats in their recent ties, Afghanistan and Nederlands have been ruled out of the semifinal race in the ongoing T20 Worldcup in Australia.

While the Dutch were knocked out of the semi-final race after losing to Pakistan in a Group 2 match on Sunday, the semi-final hopes of Afghanistan vanished after they lost to Sri Lanka in a must-win Group 1 Super 12 match in Brisbane on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan and Netherlands are the only two teams who are out of contention.

Star spinner Wanindu Hasaranga was superb yet again as Sri Lanka stayed in contention for an unlikely berth in the semi-finals with a comprehensive six-wicket triumph over Afghanistan in Brisbane on Tuesday.

 Hasaranga was the leading wicket-taker at last year’s T20 World Cup and the Sri Lanka all-rounder is on track to match those efforts following an impressive three-wicket haul and Player of the Match performance against Afghanistan at The Gabba.

The Sri Lanka star claimed the key wicket of Usman Ghani (27) early and then returned at the death to pick up the scalps of fellow spinners Rashid Khan (9) and Mujeeb Ur Rahman (1) as Afghanistan could muster just 144/8 from their 20 overs.

Ghani and Rahmanullah Gurbaz (28) had given Afghanistan a strong start by putting on 42 for the opening wicket until Hasaranga’s timely intervention following the batting Powerplay.

Hasaranga finished with match-winning figures of 3/13 and even chimed in with an excellent catch in the outfield to help dismiss the dangerous Najibullah Zadran (18).

On the other hand, the Netherlands will be unable to make it to the top 2 in Group 2 as they have not managed to even put a point on the board after 3 matches.

The Netherlands, who managed to make it to the Super 12 from Round 1, lost to Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan. They will take on Zimbabwe on November 2 and South Africa on November 6.

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