Afghanistan aims for Super 8 spot in clash against Papua New Guinea

The Afghanistan cricket team is eyeing a spot in the Super 8 after consecutive victories against Uganda and New Zealand, boasting a strong run rate. They will face Papua New Guinea on June 13 at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy.

With two wins and a net run rate of +5.225, Afghanistan ranks second in Group C, trailing only the West Indies, who have secured three wins. A victory against Papua New Guinea would guarantee Afghanistan’s direct qualification for the Super 8, while effectively ending New Zealand’s chances of advancing.

In their recent matches, Afghanistan triumphed over Uganda by [insert number] runs and defeated New Zealand by 84 runs, achieving the highest run rate in Group C.

The team’s success has been fueled by standout performances from openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran, who posted partnerships of 154 runs against Uganda and 103 runs against New Zealand. Bowlers Fazalhaq Farooqi and Rashid Khan have also been instrumental, with Farooqi claiming nine wickets across the two matches.

Cricket legend Brian Lara had previously predicted that Afghanistan would be among the top four teams to reach the semifinals.