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Afghan Duo Gurbaz and Zadran Smash T20 World Cup Records Topple New Zealand

Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran are making headlines in the ongoing edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, showcasing their formidable batting prowess. Following an impressive win against Uganda in their campaign opener, the dynamic Afghan pair has continued their stellar performance by dismantling the New Zealand bowling attack with another century partnership, creating a stir in the cricketing world.

In a significant feat, Gurbaz and Zadran added 103 runs for the opening wicket, becoming only the second pair in ICC Men’s T20 World Cup history to achieve two consecutive hundred-run partnerships. This historic milestone was previously set by Indian cricket legends Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma during the 2014 edition of the World Cup held in Bangladesh. Kohli and Sharma had accomplished their daunting partnerships against the West Indies and Bangladesh, setting a high benchmark for opening pairs in the tournament’s history.

The Afghan duo initially stunned the cricketing community by amassing a whopping 154 runs for the first wicket against Uganda. This remarkable partnership set the stage for their next game, where they repeated their synergy to put up another century partnership against New Zealand. With these back-to-back strong performances, Gurbaz and Zadran have equaled the longstanding record of Kohli and Sharma, drawing well-deserved comparisons to the Indian cricketing giants.

Rahmanullah Gurbaz, in particular, has been a standout performer, becoming the leading run-scorer in the ongoing T20 World Cup. In the match against New Zealand, his explosive batting saw him score five fours and five sixes, contributing significantly to Afghanistan’s total of 159 runs. Gurbaz’s exceptional performance has propelled him to the top of the run-scoring charts, surpassing Aaron James of the USA. With 156 runs under his belt, Gurbaz now leads the scoreboard by 26 runs ahead of James.

The aggressive nature of Gurbaz’s batting has been a key component in setting up formidable targets for their opponents. His performance was instrumental in Afghanistan’s commanding victory over New Zealand. The Kiwis were unable to cope with the pressure and were bowled out for a mere 75 runs in just 15.2 overs, marking one of the biggest defeats in New Zealand’s T20 World Cup history.

The victory over New Zealand is a historic moment for Afghanistan, marking their first-ever win against the Blackcaps in the T20I format. The sense of accomplishment and pride was evident in Gurbaz’s post-match comments.

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. The 22-year-old wicketkeeper-batter expressed immense joy and highlighted the team’s unwavering belief and confidence. “Nothing is more special. We were waiting for this victory for three years. We finally beat them. The trust and the belief were there from the very start. We have the belief that we can beat any team on this surface. In the first innings, the wicket was not easy,” said Gurbaz during the post-match presentation.

This win and the record-setting partnerships have set a new precedent for Afghanistan in international cricket. The team’s performance reflects their growth and potential to compete against top-tier teams. Gurbaz and Zadran’s achievements not only reflect their individual talents but also signify the rising standards of Afghan cricket on the world stage.

Additionally, Afghanistan’s bowlers played a crucial role in the team’s success. Rashid Khan, in particular, created history by achieving the best bowling figures by a captain in T20 World Cup history. His leadership and bowling acumen have been vital for the team’s overall performance in the tournament.

Stories of individual brilliance have been complemented by Afghanistan’s cohesive team effort. Gurbaz’s achievement of becoming the leading run-scorer in the tournament and Afghanistan’s biggest win against New Zealand are testaments to the team’s hard work and dedication. The Afghan cricket team, buoyed by these successes, looks forward to maintaining their momentum in the upcoming matches of the tournament.

As the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup progresses, all eyes will be on Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, and the Afghan team to see if they can continue their record-breaking journey and make further strides on the global cricketing stage.