Afghanistan got its T20 World Cup 2024 campaign off to a flying start after it demolished Uganda by 125 runs in Guyana on Tuesday. The Afghan win margin is the fourth highest in the history of the tournament.

The Asian side’s win was set up by a massive 154-run opening stand by Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran which was backed by a maiden T20I fifer from left-arm quick Fazalhaq Farooqi.


Gurbaz and Zadran were merciless against an inexperienced Ugandan bowling attack, racing to 66 in the PowerPlay, after Afganistan was inserted.

Gurbaz was the one who kicked things off as he unleashed a flurry of big hits. Zadran soon joined the party, crunching four consecutive fours against left-arm medium pacer Dinesh Nakrani in the sixth over of the innings.

The Afghan opening pair soon recorded the second-highest opening stand in T20 World Cups, before Uganda bowlers reeled in a string wickets to restrict their opponents to 183 for five.

Uganda’s response started on the wrong foot with Farooqi striking twice in the first over. The left-arm quick returned in the 13th over with another double blow to kill Uganda’s chase. Farooqi completed the fifer — his first in T20Is — by having Robinson Obuya caught behind.

“I have missed it (getting the hat-trick) a few times (smiles). Something that is not under my control and if I get a chance again, I will try to get that hat-trick,” Farooqi said while collecting his ‘Player of the Match’ award.

“The kind of start we wanted as a team. Does not matter who we play, it is about the mindset. The hard work we have done in the last few weeks, the way the openers started and the way our bowlers bowled – it was a great overall team effort,” skipper and country’s biggest cricket icon Rashid Khan said after the match.

– Inputs from PTI