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T20 World Cup: Afghanistan dominates New Zealand as Bangladesh beats Sri Lanka | Cricket news

Fazalhaq Farooqi continued his explosive start to the Men’s T20 World Cup as Afghanistan recorded a dominant 84-run win over New Zealand in Guyana.

Elsewhere, Bangladesh started their World Cup campaign with a two-wicket win over Sri Lanka in Texas.

After going 5-9 in the opening win over Uganda, Farooqi blew away New Zealand’s top spot as their chase failed to gain momentum and they crumbled to 75 all out.

Scoring Summary – New Zealand v Afghanistan

Afghanistan 159-6 from 20 overs: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (80 off 56 balls), Ibrahim Zadran (44 off 41 balls); Trent Boult (2-22), Matt Henry (2-37)

New Zealand 75 all out after 15.2 overs: Glenn Phillips (18 off 18 balls); Fazalhaq Farooqi (4-17), Rashid Khan (4-17), Mohammad Nabi (2-16)

Wicketkeeper Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran had earlier paved the way for Afghanistan’s victory, putting on 103 for the first wicket before Zadran fell for 44 off 41 balls.

After amassing 154 victories over Uganda, they became the first opening pair to register consecutive century partnerships in a T20 World Cup.

Azmatullah Omarzai hit a quick 22, with Gurbaz eventually falling to 80 from 56 deliveries – including five sixes and as many fours – as one of three wickets in the final, as Afghanistan finished on 159-6.

Farooqi then took the lead, throwing Finn Allen’s first ball and adding the scalps of Devon Conway (8) and the dangerous Daryl Mitchell (5).

Captain Rashid Khan piled on the problems for New Zealand when he dismissed his opposite number Kane Williamson for nine and added the wickets of Mark Chapman and Michael Bracewell in successive balls to leave New Zealand 43-6.

Glenn Phillips put up most of the resistance with a run-a-ball 18 but the Kiwis had no answer to Rashid who finished with 4-17 when he caught Lockie Ferguson on his final delivery.

Farooqi returned to trap Liam Henry in the deep, equaling Rashid’s figures as he closed out New Zealand’s innings for 75 in the 16th over.

Afghanistan's Fazalhaq Farooqi celebrates Finn Allen's wicket
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Afghanistan’s Fazalhaq Farooqi celebrates Finn Allen’s wicket

New Zealand now faces a crucial clash with hosts West Indies in Trinidad on Wednesday evening, with Afghanistan chasing a third win in as many matches against Papua New Guinea the next day.

Bangladesh survives late scare to beat Sri Lanka

Bangladesh opened their T20 World Cup campaign with a win as they edged past Sri Lanka by two wickets in Texas.

Chasing 125 to win, two wickets in as many balls secured a tight finish before Mahmudullah’s experienced head saw them home.

Score summary – Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh

Sri Lanka 124-9 from 20 overs: Pathum Nissanka (47 off 28 balls), Dhananjaya de Silva (21 off 26 balls); Mustafizur Rahman (3-17), Rishad Hossain (3-22)

Bangladesh 125-8 from 19 overs: Towhid Hridoy (40 off 20 balls), Litton Kumer Das (36 off 38 balls); Nuwan Dushara (4-18), Wanindu Hasaranga (2-32)

Opener Pathum Nissanke provided a strong platform for the Sri Lanka innings in Grand Prairie, hitting six and seven fours as he made 47 from 28 balls.

But from 100-3 at the start of the 15th over they lost a string of late wickets and the innings limped to 124-9.

Mustafizur Rahman won 3-17 and Rishad Hossain 3-22.

Bangladesh’s response started poorly with both openers departing in the first two overs to reach 28-3.

Towhid Hridoy went on the attack, hitting four sixes as he raced to 40 from 20 balls and added 63 with Kumer Das, who made 36 from 38 deliveries.

Needing 12 from the last three overs, they looked to be inching towards victory before Nuwan Alsohara – who finished with 4-18 – returned to take two wickets in successive deliveries.

But Mahmudullah calmed all the nerves; the former captain finished 16th not and sent his side home with a surplus to spare.

Bangladesh now travels to New York to play South Africa on Monday, while Sri Lanka, who have lost both their matches so far, will play Nepal in Florida on Tuesday evening.

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What’s next?

The action continues on Saturday when the Netherlands plays against South Africa on Long Island, New York from 3:30 PM England – whose opening game against Scotland was a failure on Tuesday – record it Australia in Barbados from 6 p.m.

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