Afghanistan has surpassed the expectations of everyone in CWC 2023. They won against teams like England, Pakistan, Sri Lanka in this tournament. With great confidence they played against Netherlands. Even Netherlands have created a huge sensation by winning against South Africa and Bangladesh. They wanted to win against Afghans and improve their standing.
As the top 8 teams in the table standings will qualify to Champions Trophy, they wanted to win this. Afghanistan wanted to win this for Semi-Final qualification. Netherlands won the toss and elected to bat first. Max O’Dowd(42), Colin Ackermann(29) and Sybrand Engelbrecht(58) looked set to score 270 above.
But due to bad running and run-outs, they scored only 179 in 46.3 overs. Spinners of Afghan, Mohammad Nabi(3/28), Noor Ahmad(2/31) and Mujeeb Ur Rahman(1/40) took wickets. The chase looked simple for Afghanistan. They won by chasing and hence, this total never challenged them. Rahmat Shah(52) and Hashmatullah Shahidi(56) finished the innings in favour of Afghans.
They scored 181/3 in 31.3 overs. Afghanistan won by 7 wickets and 111 balls remaining. With this win, they have moved to 8 points and improved their chances.