(CTN News) – Points Table: After beating the Netherlands by seven wickets in a comfortable run chase in Lucknow on Friday, Afghanistan came up with another impressive performance at the ICC World Cup 2023 as they recorded their fourth victory in the mega event.
After they chased down the 180-run target in 31.3 overs, the Afghans managed to improve their net run rate (NRR), moving them up to the fifth position in the World Cup points table after chasing down the 180-run target in 31.3 overs.
Here’s the ICC World Cup 2023 points table
Prior to this year’s mega event, Hashmatullah Shahidi’s men had won three consecutive games for the first time in the history of the tournament, since before this year’s mega event they had only won one of their two previous World Cups in 2015 and 2019.
As the Afghans still remain alive in the race for the semi-finals, Rahmat Shah and Shahidi guided their side to an important win after the opening pair Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran lost their wickets in the early overs.
Having now amassed 264 runs with an average of 44 in this World Cup, Shah played a vital role once again after his team lost two early wickets, scoring 52 runs along with his skipper in a 74-run partnership Points Table after his side lost two early wickets.
Shahidi (56*) and Azmatullah Omarzai (31*) stood until the end in order to help the Afghans beat their 180-run target in 31.3 overs, which has resulted in an improvement in their net run rate (NRR).
Having opted to bat first, the Dutch were only able to score 179 runs in 46.3 overs due to Afghani spinners, Mohammad Nabi and Noor Ahmed, as well as their poor running between the wickets.
After a bad start, losing their opener Wesley Barresi to a catch in the first over, the Dutch kept their nerves and continued to play good cricket, but they became their own worst enemy in the process.
As a result of Points Table, all three of their top performers – Max O’Dowd, Collin Ackerman, and Sybrand Engelbrecht – were run out when they scored 42, 29, and 58 runs, respectively.
With 18 overs to go, the Dutch would have probably been able to post a decent total, but their skipper Scott Edwards, too, was run out on the first ball of the innings, leaving his team 92-4.
Afghan bowlers Nabi, who had three scalps to his name, and youngster Noor, Points Table, who had two scalps to his name, were Afghanistan’s top performers.