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[Watch] Rashid Khan's Ambitious Shot Against Speedster Ferguson Brings His Downfall

image-lnvxf9usLockie Ferguson sent Rashid Khan back to the pavillion for 8 (Twitter)

In a crucial turn of events during Match 16 of the World Cup 2023 at MA Chidambaram Stadium on Wednesday, Afghanistan's star spinner, Rashid Khan failed to steer his team to a potential comeback with the bat.

NZ vs AFG: Rashid Khan's departure spelled doom for Afghanistan

Falling short, he managed just 8 runs off 13 balls, effectively marking the turning point in the game against New Zealand.

Rashid's wicket in the 34th over became a sign of Afghanistan's dimming hopes of chasing the substantial New Zealand target of 289. It was Lockie Ferguson who trapped the spinner with a full length delivery.

Rashid's intent was evident as he tried to make room and aim for a lofted shot, but the ball soared high, only to land safely in the hands of the fielder at cover. With Rashid's exit, Afghanistan's scoreboard read a disheartening 134/7.

Such a play from Rashid was unexpected, especially when the team could have benefited from a few quick runs to bolster their net run rate. However, the risk didn't pay off, and his dismissal further set the stage for Afghanistan's rapid downfall. The tail-enders couldn't withstand New Zealand's bowling onslaught, and Afghanistan found themselves bowled out for just 139, marking a massive 149-run defeat.

This match's outcome was particularly surprising considering Afghanistan's recent victory over defending champions England. On a pitch in Chennai known to favour spinners, the team was anticipated to put up a fierce fight. However, their performance on the day didn't reflect their potential.

On the other side of the innings, New Zealand showcased commendable batting, clocking 288/6 in their quota of 50 overs. Will Young, captain Tom Latham, and Glenn Phillips were among those who laid the foundation with half-centuries.

In the bowling department, Lockie Ferguson, as well as, Mitchell Santner, who is familiar with the Chennai pitch due to his IPL stint with Chennai Super Kings, shared the spotlight by bagging three wickets apiece.