T20 World Cup 2024
Netizens React As Afghanistan Defeats Bangladesh To Secure T20 World Cup Semi-Final Spot
By CricShots - Jun 25, 2024 12:32 pm
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The Afghanistan vs. Bangladesh Super 8 game of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 sent social media into a frenzy. In a dramatic turn of events, Afghanistan secured a narrow eight-run victory over Bangladesh, propelling them into the semi-finals and effectively eliminating Australia from the tournament. Meanwhile, Bangladesh faced harsh criticism for their perceived negative tactics and lackluster performance.

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Afghanistan defeats Bangladesh

Simon Doull, former New Zealand cricketer and now a commentator, expressed his bewilderment during the match, saying, “I don’t get what Bangladesh are doing. They’re more worried about winning the match rather than qualifying for Semis.” Netizens were equally vocal in their disappointment with Bangladesh’s approach. One user remarked, “They are playing for some money.” Another added, “Just embarrassing stuff from Bangladesh, they deserve to lose this.”

Comments continued to flood in, with sentiments such as, “Bangladesh have given up, no surprise really,” and, “I don’t understand what Bangladesh are trying to do here, winning for nothing. At least try to play in the Semi Final, they are not trying to chase it in 12.1 overs.”

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A particularly critical user mentioned, “Bangladeshi cricket team lost respect way back in Sri Lanka. They had a great side in 2015 WC but never progressed post that.” Another pointed out the missed opportunity, saying, “Really surprising they had the match at 3 overs 43, they could have easily given it a shot.”

On the field, Rashid Khan and Naveen-ul-Haq led the Afghan bowling attack with precision, defending a modest target of 115. Due to rain, the second innings was reduced to 19 overs, setting a revised target of 114 runs. Rashid Khan’s exceptional performance included setting a record for the most four-wicket hauls in Men’s T20Is, with nine such feats to his name. He surpassed Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan, who has eight, and Uganda’s Henry Ssenyondo, who holds third place.

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For Bangladesh, Litton Das stood out with an unbeaten 54 runs from 49 balls, featuring five fours and one six, but his efforts were in vain. Earlier in the match, the Bangladesh bowlers had managed to restrict Afghanistan to 115/5, yet their batting approach failed to capitalize on the situation.

This game sparked a wave of reactions on social media platform X (formerly Twitter), where fans and critics alike voiced their opinions on the dramatic on-field developments.