Update February 19, 2015

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United States Embassy in Kabul congratulates Afghanistan for win, before match began!

Sumel Sarker

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Twitter screenshot of USA’s congratulations to Afghanistan

19 February 2015, Nirapad News: United States Embassy in Kabul congratulates Afghanistan for win, before match begins, congratulating the side on victory just half-way through the Bangladesh innings. The Afghans made their World Cup bow in Canberra against the Test-status South Asians, completing another step in their fairytale rags-to-riches story.

The war-torn country has taken to cricket with a passion and millions are expected to follow the match via TV, radio and social media. With the match barely a quarter of the way through, the US embassy’s official Twitter account posted a message hailing Afghanistan’s “victory”.

This was the tournament opener for both sides where Bangladesh beat Afghanistan by a wide gap of 105 runs.

The tweet triggered a flood of sarcastic retorts about Americans in Kabul prematurely declaring victory, as well as an apologetic response from the embassy.

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Screenshot of the apology tweeted by United States Embassy in Kabul. 

In the warm up matches Afghanistan enjoyed a more fruitful run winning one game and losing the other, while Bangladesh lost both their matches against Pakistan and Ireland. Afghanistan beat the UAE, while succumbed to a big defeat against India.

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