Glenn Maxwell’s 54 not out off 32 balls helped Australia to 168-8 after being asked to bat. Afghanistan smashed its way to 164-7 in reply, with Rashid Khan scoring 48 not out off 23 balls. Khan needed to score 22 off the last six balls, but Stoinis was able to restrict him and Afghanistan to 17.
Australia looked dejected at the end of the game, with its players knowing they needed to restrict Afghanistan to 106 or less to earn a higher net run-rate than England.
Now Australia’s net run-rate is minus 0.173. With seven points from four games, it climbed to the second spot over England, but its fate is no longer in its own hands.
Meanwhile, Rashid hit 4 sixes and 3 fours, scoring runs at a strike-rate of 208.69.
Legendary cricketers and fans took to social media to salute the Afghanistan player for his sensational knocks.