Abu Dhabi: As India beats Afghanistan by 66 runs, it results in a landmark of a showpiece event. After 10 days and after 2 matches, India beats Afghanistan by 66 runs, to keep the hopes alive. After a heartbreaking defeat from Pakistan by 10 wickets, and even getting defeated by New Zealand, India finally manages to secure their first victory of the tournament by beating Afghanistan by 66 runs. By winning this match India has set a net run rate and has climbed into the tables of positive (+0.073), Rohit Sharma “Hit man”, went on to claim the title of the “Man of the match”.
After the post-match ceremony, Rohit went on to say, The idea was to go after it, and get off to a good start, which didn't happen in the first two games, and lay the platform for the others. Exceptional batting from Rahul and that partnership was vital. We were prepared to field first, and it was a good pitch to bat on. Getting to a respectable total was important, and the NRR could come into play so we had to win by a good margin, so glad we got that. Today it was necessary to get off to a good start, and that's not my natural game - I usually like to get in. So I made an effort to settle in, play cricketing shots, and put up a big total,”
HIGHLIGHT OF THE MATCH:
India (IND 210/2: Rohit 74, Janat 1/7) beat Afghanistan (AFG 144/7: Janat 36*, Ashwin 2/14) by 66 runs
The dramatic win of India in the pitch:
In the chase of 211, Afghanistan went on to lose the first two wickets, at the start of the game. Jasprit Bumrah, went on to remove Zazi, and with that Mohammad Shami, got the wicket of Mohammad Shahzad. But after this Afghanistan took up a turnover as Gurbaz and Gulbadin, took up the attack on the Indian bowlers to take to the total of 47/2 prior to the power play. After the sending packing of Gurbaz on 19 by Ravindra Jadeja. With that Gulbadin Naib, went on to take off as he was trapped by LBW plumb, in front of Ashwin. Earlier in the first innings, India had posted 210/2 in 20 overs after being asked to bat by Afghanistan.
The openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma were an unleashed moment. India reached the post 53/0 at the end of the first innings of power play. Afghanistan bowlers pulled things back for three overs before a few timely boundaries from KL Rahul helped India post 85/0 at the halfway stage. And with this, the “men in blue”, went on to win the first match of this tournament and were successful in keeping the hopes alive.
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