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Hattrick Cummins as Australia keep Afghanistan to 148

Hattrick Cummins as Australia keep Afghanistan to 148

Hattrick Cummins as Australia keep Afghanistan to 148

Pat Cummins claimed his second hat-trick in as many matches as Afghanistan lost momentum after another opening century stand and had to settle for a total of 148-6 against Australia in the T20 World Cup Super Eight.

A top score of 60 off 49 balls (four fours, four sixes) by Rahmanullah Gurbaz and 51 off 48 balls (six fours) by Ibrahim Zadran gave the Afghans an excellent platform of 118.

It was their third century partnership of the tournament and was reached in the 16th over after being bowled by Australian captain Mitchell Marsh.

The Afghans rode their luck through innings of chance and error in winning the ascendancy, but four wickets for eight runs brought Australia back within range of overhauling the target and essentially confirming a place in next week’s semi-finals, with one Super Eight game to play. on Monday in Group 1 against India.

Marcus Stoinis made the breakthrough and leg-spinner Adam Zampa applied the brakes with two wickets.

However, it was Cummins, who claimed a hat-trick against Bangladesh in Antigua on Thursday, who essentially shut down Afghanistan’s innings with the wicket of Rashid Khan in the 18th over before add Karim Janat and Gulbadin Naim at the beginning of it. the final end of the innings.

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