Clinical Afghanistan too strong for Uganda in Guyana.

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers witnessed a one-sided affair in Guyana as Afghanistan comfortably defeated debutants Uganda. Clinical batting performances from openers Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran, followed by a disciplined bowling display,

The road to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia gets underway with the qualifiers taking place in various locations around the globe. Group B in Guyana saw a clash between seasoned campaigners Afghanistan and newcomers Uganda. Afghanistan, ranked amongst the top T20 nations, were clear favorites. However, Uganda, brimming with enthusiasm in their first World Cup qualifying appearance, were determined to make a mark. Despite their valiant efforts, Afghanistan’s superior batting firepower and a well-rounded bowling performance proved too much to handle for the Ugandan team.
Afghan Openers Lay Down the Gauntlet: A Partnership for the Ages

The foundation for Afghanistan’s victory was laid by a magnificent opening partnership between Mohammad Shahzad and Ibrahim Zadran.

Gurbaz Unleashes Power: A Fifty on Debut

Making his T20 World Cup qualifying debut, the explosive Gurbaz wasted no time in making his mark. He took the Ugandan bowlers to the cleaners from the outset, dispatching deliveries to the boundary with ease. His aggressive knock was a masterclass in clean hitting, peppered with four sixes and two fours, propelling him to a well-deserved fifty in just the ninth over. This early onslaught put Afghanistan firmly in control of the match.

Zadran Anchors the Innings: A Calculated Approach

While Gurbaz provided the early impetus, Ibrahim Zadran played a more composed innings, anchoring the partnership and ensuring a steady flow of runs. He showcased his elegant stroke-making and ability to rotate the strike effectively. Zadran’s contribution ensured Afghanistan built a solid platform for a big total.

Spinners Take Center Stage: Restricting Uganda and Picking Up Wickets

After a dominant batting display, the onus shifted to the Afghan bowlers to defend a formidable total.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman: A Masterful Spell

The experienced Mujeeb Ur Rahman, known for his deceptive googly variations, took center stage with a masterful spell of leg-spin bowling. He bamboozled the Ugandan batsmen, picking up three crucial wickets and conceding only 13 runs in his four overs. His economical spell effectively choked the run flow and put immense pressure on the Ugandan batters.

Spinners Dominate: A Collective Effort

Mujeeb Ur Rahman wasn’t the only spinner to shine for Afghanistan. Fellow spinners Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi also played their part, picking up wickets and maintaining a tight grip on the scoring rate. This combined effort from the Afghan spinners restricted Uganda to a paltry total, showcasing their experience and control in the shorter format of the game.


Afghanistan’s clinical performance in all three facets of the game ensured a comfortable victory against Uganda. Their dominant batting display, spearheaded by Gurbaz and Zadran, set the tone for the match. The bowling attack, led by the masterful spell of Mujeeb Ur Rahman, complemented the batting performance perfectly. This comprehensive win sends a strong message to other teams in Group B, establishing Afghanistan as strong contenders for qualification. While Uganda might be disappointed with the result, their participation in the qualifiers itself is a significant achievement for the cricketing nation. They will be eager to learn from this experience and strive for better results in future tournaments.

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