As­ghar Stanikzai hails ef­fort to de­fend mod­est tar­get

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The win was very im­por­tant as we missed out on two other chances to win. As­ghar Stanikzai Afghanistan cap­tain

From the per spec­tive of the tour­na­ment, Match 30 of the ICC World T20 2016 didn’t hold much con­se­quence. Afghanistan were elim­i­nated and West In - dies had al­ready qual­i­fied for the semi­fi­nals. If the post­match re­ac­tions were to be seen in both the dugouts, it sug­gested some­thing to­tally dif­fer­ent. Hav­ing lost all the three matches be­fore Sun­day, al­beit not with­out giv­ing a scare to each of their op­po­si­tion, Afghanistan reg­is­tered their sec­ond win against a Test na­tion in a World Cup (the only other vic­tory be­ing against Zim­babwe in the qual­i­fi­ca­tion round of the on­go­ing tour­na­ment). West Indies, sans Chris Gayle, were handed a sixrun de­feat while chas­ing 124 runs for awin at the Vi­darbha Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion (VCA) Sta­dium in Nag­pur.

As­ghar Stanikzai, Afghanistan cap­tain, hailed his side’s ef­fort in de­fend­ing the mod­est tar­get. “We were 15 runs short, we knew the con­di­tions but the bowlers and field­ers played very well,” he said at the post-match pre­sen­ta­tion. Even though, it was merely a con­so­la­tion win for the Asian min­nows, Stanikzai is elated at the fact of hav­ing fi­nally won a match, af­ter los­ing a cou­ple of close en­coun­ters in the Su­per 10s. “The win was very im­por­tant as we missed out on two other chances to win.”

As­ghar Stanikzai.

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