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T20 World Cup 2024: Afghanistan duo breaks Babar-Rizwan partnership record

Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz score a partnership of 422 runs in this mega tournament

By  Sports Desk   |  
June 25, 2024
Afghanistan players Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmanullah Gurbaz (left) andPakistan skipper Babar Azam and wicketkeeper-batter Muhammad Rizwan. — AFP

Afghanistan players Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmanullah Gurbaz broke Pakistan skipper Babar Azam and wicketkeeper-batter Muhammad Rizwan'spartnership record on Tuesday.

The duo achieved this feat in a must-win match against Bangladesh in the Super 8 round of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024 at the Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown, St Vincent.

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The Afghan opening pair became the duo with the highest partnership runs in a single edition of the World Cup. The players scored a partnership of 422 runs in this mega tournament.

Zadran and Gurbaz also became the pair to score four 50+ partnership in an edition of the World Cup. Moreover, they also made a record by scoring three centuries partnership in the tournament.

Pakistan's Babar and Rizwan had scored 411 runs as partners inWorld Cup 2021.

Afghanistan are currently playing against Bangladesh after setting a target of 116 runs. This is a must-win match for both sides as the winning team will fill the fourth spot in the semi-finals.

The three spots are already secured byIndia, England, and South Africa.

According to ESPNcricinfo, Afghanistan need to win (or hope that the rain forces a washout) while Bangladesh need to chase the target in 12.1 overs. They can however chase it in 12.5 if they level scores and hit a six to win it. If they level scores and hit a four to win it, finishing on 119, they can do it in 12.3 overs and still qualify for the semi-finals.

On the other hand, Australia will qualify if Bangladesh win but by a smaller margin.


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