On Choti Diwali, India won their first match and ended the long wait of 2 points. After beating Afghanistan by 66 runs, India not only earned their first win of the tournament but also kept their semi-final hopes alive with a massive 60-run victory.
Brilliant half-centuries from openers Rohit Sharma (74) and Lokesh Rahul (69) and a 140-run opening partnership between them and stellar performances from the bowlers led India to a do-or-die encounter in Group II of the ICC T20 World Cup against Afghanistan. I kept my hopes alive with a 66-run win on Wednesday.
India posted a mammoth total of 210 for two in 20 overs and restricted Afghanistan to 144 for seven to register their first win in three matches while Afghanistan suffered a second loss in four matches.
Afghanistan won the toss and decided to field first. Rohit and Rahul started with complete dominance and did not give any chances to the Afghan bowlers. Rohit hit eight fours and three sixes in his brilliant innings of 74 off 47 balls while Rahul hit six fours and two sixes in his 69 off 48 balls. Both added 140 runs in 14.4 overs in the opening partnership. Rohit’s wicket fell to 140 and Rahul’s wicket fell on the score of 147.
After this, Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya, who came on the field, also continued this series and gave India the distinction of becoming the first team to score 200 runs in this tournament. Pant hit one four and three sixes in his unbeaten 27 off 13 balls while Pandya hit four fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 35 off 13 balls. Pant and Pandya added 63 runs in the unbeaten third wicket partnership.
Afghanistan’s bowlers could not leave any impact on the Indian batsmen.
India’s Rohit Sharma became the player of the match for his brilliant innings. India’s bowlers put pressure on the Afghanistan batsmen on the basis of their big scores, forcing them to commit mistakes.
Fast bowler Mohammed Shami took three for 32 in four overs, while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, playing white ball cricket after four years, took two wickets for just 14 runs in four overs, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja got one wicket each. . With this victory, Indian players gave the gift of victory to the country on Choti Diwali.
Chasing the target, Afghanistan lost opener Mohammad Shahzad on the last ball of the third over. Shahzad’s account was not opened. Mohammed Shami got Shahzad caught by Ravichandran Ashwin. The second opener, Hazratullah Zazai, scored 13 runs off 15 balls and the team was dismissed for 22 runs. Rahmatullah Gurbaz became the victim of left arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja after scoring 19 runs in 10 balls with the help of one four and two sixes. Gave.
Captain Mohammad Nabi made 35 off 32 balls and Karim Janat scored 42 not out off 22 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes. But Afghanistan had to face defeat by a huge margin.