Australia defeated Afghanistan to cap off their Super 12 campaign on a positive note, but their chances of qualifying for the semifinals still depend on the outcome of the match between England and Sri Lanka. Afghanistan came very near to reaching Australia's 169-run target, but Australia was unable to increase their NRR. Only in the event that England loses their game would Australia advance to the semifinal.
Australia managed to secure a nervy four-run win despite Rashid Khan's late assault (23-ball 48 - his highest T20I score). It was rather an uninspiring effort by Australia, just like it has been throughout the tournament, despite some individual brilliance. Afghanistan, on the other hand, put on a valiant display today but will leave the 2022 T20 World Cup without a victory.
Australia 168 for 8 (Maxwell 54*, Marsh 45, Naveen-ul-Haq 3-21) beat Afghanistan 164 for 7 (Rashid 48*, Gulbadin 39, Zampa 2-22) by four runs.
Afghanistan (Playing XI): Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Usman Ghani, Ibrahim Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Darwish Rasooli, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi(c), Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi
Australia (Playing XI): Cameron Green, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (c/wk), Pat Cummins, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood