Australia would be out of the ICC T20 World Cup if England beat Sri Lanka in the upcoming match. Rashid Khan played a blinder against the defending champions, leaving them at the mercy of Sr Lanka.
Batting first, Australia scored 168/8, with Glenn Maxwell scoring an unbeaten 54 off 32 balls. Naveen-ul-Haq and Fazalhaq Farooqi were the top bowlers. While Naveen took three wickets, Fazalhaq added 2.
Chasing 169, the Mohammad Nabi-led team was 103/6 at one stage and headed for a big defeat. However, Rashid’s 48 off 23 balls changed everything. He almost took his team to a memorable win but fell short by four runs.
Needing 22 runs off the last over, he slammed Marcus Stoinis for 17 runs. Australia finished the Super 12 stage on 7 points, while England have 5 from 4 games. New Zealand are through to the semis due to the superior run-rate. The Kiwis have 7 points from 5 contests.
Glenn Maxwell, who was named the Man of the Match, made a special request to Sri Lanka.
“Afghanistan played well against us. Our bowlers were able to pull things back in the final stage, but clean hitting by Rashid Khan took the advantage away. We will be following England vs Sri Lanka game, and hopefully, SL can do the job for us,” he said.