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Afghan fans aglow after historic Australia T20 World Cup win

Published : Tuesday, 25 June, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 103

KABUL, JUNE 24: Beleaguered Afghans were riding high Monday after a historic weekend T20 World Cup victory over Australia spread a rare mood of euphoria across the country.

"With every ball, every run, every boundary, every wicket, I wasn able to hold my emotions," said university student Zamir Afghan in the capital Kabul.

"It was very early morning, but I was jumping, screaming, I was not able to contain myself," the 20-year-old told AFP. "I couldn stop my tears."

Afghanistan seized on a poor Australian field performance to post 148-6 in their innings before bowling the 2021 champions out for 127 -- their first ever win over Australia.

"Afghanistan as a nation has suffered a lot, such moments are rare for us," said Afghan.

Whilst cricket is hugely popular in Afghanistan, the match over 11,000 kilometres (7,000 miles) away in Arnos Vale on the Caribbean island of St Vincent, took place around dawn local time.

Though the last ball was bowled around 8:30 am (0400 GMT) on Sunday, many diehard fans had been awake to witness the win.

In eastern Khost city, around 1,000 raucous cricket fans gathered to bask in the glow of fireworks early on Sunday morning in half an hour of revelry swiftly broken up by Taliban security forces.

An uncowed smaller crowd came together again at night, clapping as they lit off more pyrotechnics.    —AFP

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