In a jaw-dropping turn of events, Afghanistan pulled off a remarkable 69-run victory over the reigning champions, England, in the opening match of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 on Sunday.
Afghanistan’s triumph marked the first major upset of the tournament, as they successfully bowled out England for a mere 215 runs while defending a target of 285. This victory, only their second in World Cup history, comes eight years after their previous win against Scotland in Australia.
Afghanistan’s journey to this remarkable win began with their performance with the bat. After being put in to bat first, they managed to build a respectable total. However, their real heroics came in the form of their spin trio, who outplayed the renowned English batting lineup, turning the tide of the match in their favor.
Following this historic win, Afghan spinner Rashid Khan took to the social media platform X to dedicate the victory to the people of Afghanistan and Palestine. In a heartfelt message, he expressed, “This win is for our brothers and sisters in Afghanistan and Palestine. This match will be etched in our memories as one of the most significant victories. Thank you for your unwavering love and support.”
The Afghanistan cricket team’s stunning upset over England has set the tone for an exciting ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023,leaving fans eagerly awaiting more thrilling matches and unexpected outcomes in the tournament.