WATCH: Gulbadin Naib gets sudden ‘cramps’ as coach Jonathan Trott tells team to slow things down after rains interrupts AFG vs BAN clash

Afghanistan secured a thrilling 8-run victory (via DLS method) and advanced to the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup for the first time in their history.

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Gulbadin Naib gets sudden 'cramps' in AFG vs BAN Super 8 clash (Source: X)

Gulbadin Naib gets sudden 'cramps' during AFG vs BAN Super 8 clash (Source: X)

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An interesting moment unfolded at the Arnos Vale Ground in Kingstown, St Vincent on Tuesday (June 25) during the Super 8 clash between Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Afghanistan were sweating hard and they left no stone unturned in their bid to secure a place in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup 2024.

The decisive encounter was interrupted for the second time by rain when Bangladesh were reeling at 81/7 in 11.4 overs in the second innings. Chasing a target of 114 runs, Bangladesh needed 83 runs at this stage according to DLS method. Afghanistan were leading by two runs and assessing the scenario, coach Jonathan Trott signalled the team from from the dugout to slow things down. 

Gulbadin Naib, who was fielding in the slip cordon, noticed his coach's gesture and instantly went down in pain, clutching his hamstring. Naib’s sudden ‘cramps’ left the commentary box in splits but captain Rashid Khan was not amused as he went to his teammate to have a conversation.

“This is not good, this is not done. It's delaying tactics but it's not in the spirit of the game,” the commentators said.   

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Afghanistan script history, secure semi-final spot for first time in history 

Litton Das fought hard at one end with a fine half-century, but the opener did not get enough support from his teammates. As a result, Bangladesh were eventually restricted to 105-10 in 17.5 and Afghanistan clinched a thrilling 8-run victory (via DLS method).

Naveen-ul-Haq, who took four wickets at an impressive economy of 6.80, was adjudged Player of the Match. He was well supported by captain Rashid Khan (4/23). This is the first time in the history of cricket Afghanistan have qualified for a World Cup semi-final. With this, Australia are officially eliminated from the tournament. 

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Speaking after the match, Afghan skipper Rasid said: “It's something like a dream for us as a team being in the semifinal. It's all about the way we have started the tournament. The belief came while we beat NZ. I don't have any words to describe the feeling. We thought 130-135 was a good total on this wicket. We were 15-20 runs short. It was all about mindset. We knew they would come hard at us to chase that in 12 overs. That's where we could take advantage, We just had to be clear with our plans. We put in the effort, that's in our hands.”

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