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Gurbaz Becomes First-Ever Cricketer To Achieve 'This' Rare Feat In T20 World Cups

Gurbaz celebrated a fifty against New Zealand in T20 WC 2024 (AP)Gurbaz celebrated a fifty against New Zealand in T20 WC 2024 (AP)

Rahmanullah Gurbaz scored a Player of The Match winning 80 (56) against New Zealand on Friday, after his 76 (45) versus Uganda on June 3. In the process, he also became the first batter to out-score the opponents twice in the history of T20 World Cups.

The explosive opener, alongside his partner Ibrahim Zadran, with their consecutive century partnerships has taken the Afghans to over-par score in both encounters in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup so far, scoring 183/5 and 159/6 against Uganda and New Zealand respectively.

With his two fifties, Gurbaz single-handedly outplayed the opponents as their deceitful bowling bowled out Uganda for 58 in 16 overs and the Kiwis for 75 in 15.2 overs. The African side lost to him by 18 runs while New Zealand by 5 runs.

No other batter in the T20 World Cup has been able to achieve this feat. With these performances, the 22-year-old has put Afghanistan in the lead to make it to the Super 8s from Group C with matches against Papua New Guinea and West Indies still in hand.

They will be facing PNG on the evening of June 13 at the Brian Lara Academy in Trinidad and Tobago.