T20 WC: Ahead of India match, Rashid lauds spinner Noor

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | June 18, 2024 IST

Rashid Khan with Noor Ahmad

Gros Islet (St Lucia), June 18: In their first Super Eight encounter on Thursday, Team India will face their Asian rivals Afghanistan. In recent times, Afghanistan have often challenged Team India in the white-ball formats.

Though hosts West Indies completely outplayed Afghanistan, but the spirit is understandably high in Afghan camp before the Super Eight stage.

Afghanistan skipper  Rashid Khan remained composed despite a huge 104-run defeat to the West Indies. He highlighted the team's effective middle-over bowling and Noor Ahmed's economical spell as positives from the loss. 

The Afghans were tasked with chasing a daunting target of 219 but were bowled out for a mere 114, in what was essentially a dead rubber, given that both teams had already secured their spots in the next round.

Afghanistan finished the group stage with an impressive record, securing three wins out of four matches, which placed them second in their group with 6 points and a net run rate of +1.835.

"The way they batted, scoring around 90 runs in the powerplay, it is tough to come back from that. But in the middle overs we did well and it was good to restrict them under 200. This game is good to understand mindset and strategy. Hope to not repeat," Rashid said after the match.

Rashid reflected on the positive aspects his team could take forward and lauded Noor for his economical bowling performance of 4-0-20-0, even though the young left-arm wrist spinner didn’t take any wickets.

"We take the positives with us, like fielding, middle-overs bowling, and Noor's spell," he added.

Afghanistan now turns their focus to the Super 8, where they will face some of the tournament's strongest teams. Their first match is set against India June 20, at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados.

"We’re looking forward to the challenge against India. The defeat against West Indies gave us valuable lessons, and we’re ready to implement those learnings in the Super 8. We've achieved what we wanted - to get Super Eight. The different pitches coming up... we'll adjust to them. Good learning this loss happened at this stage, not in a do-or-die game," said Rashid.

Despite team rankings or number of star players in any side, a T20 game can swing in either way in a span of few overs. 

If India are to beat Afghanistan, then Rohit Sharma &Co have to play the middle overs bowled by quality Afghan spinners very well. Not losing too many wickets and scoring at a healthy run rate will be the challenge before India in the Super Eight game against their Asian neighbours on Thursday. (With IANS support)

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