Abu Dhabi: Team India has trampled Afghanistan by a huge margin of 66 runs in the T20 World Cup match, making a big bang on Choti Diwali. Indian team can still make it to the semi-finals. Like Afghanistan, India will have to defeat Scotland and Namibia by a big margin. At the same time, we also have to pray that the New Zealand team loses at least one more match.
Team India’s Pre-Diwali Gift
Batting first after losing the toss in this match, the Indian cricket team put 210 runs on the board due to the smoky innings of Rohit Sharma (74) and KL Rahul (69) and finally the explosion of Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya. Afghanistan’s team could not handle the pressure of big scores and could score only 144 runs in 20 overs for the loss of 7 wickets. In this way, Team India has given a pre-Diwali gift to its fans with a bang.
Shami and Ashwin did wonders
Mohammed Shami and Ravichandran Ashwin bowled brilliantly, restricting the Afghanistan team to 144 runs. Karim Janat scored 42 not out for Afghanistan. Mohammed Shami took three wickets for India. At the same time, spin bowler Ravichandran Ashwin took two wickets, apart from this Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja got one wicket each.
Indian batsmen hit sixes fiercely
In the match against Afghanistan, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul together made an opening partnership of 140 runs. Rohit Sharma hit 74 runs in 47 balls, which included 8 fours and 3 sixes. KL Rahul also did not lag behind Rohit Sharma and he scored 69 runs in 48 balls, which included 6 fours and 2 sixes. After the blast of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya also showed their flair and together they scored 63 runs in 21 balls.
Rohit and Rahul had a blast
India scored 210 for two in the ICC T20 World Cup against Afghanistan, which is the highest score of the current tournament. Apart from scoring half-centuries, Rohit (74) and Rahul (69) shared a 140-run partnership for the first wicket. Rohit hit eight fours and three sixes in his 47-ball knock, while Rahul faced 48 balls and hit six fours and two sixes.
Pandya and Pant scored runs fiercely
Hardik Pandya (35 not out in 13 balls, four fours, two sixes) and Rishabh Pant (27 not off 13 balls, one four, three sixes) put on a formidable 63-run partnership in 3.3 overs for the third wicket, helping India scored 119 runs in the last nine overs. In this do or die match, none of the Afghanistan bowlers could trouble the Indian batsmen. Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi won the toss and elected to bowl, after which Lokesh Rahul and Rohit Sharma gave India a quick start.
Rohit also hit left-arm spinner Sharafuddin Ashraf for a four in the first over of Nabi. Rahul also hit sixes and fours in consecutive balls of Sharafuddin. In the fifth over, Rohit scored 17 runs on fast bowler Naveen-ul-Haq with two fours and a six and took the team’s score beyond 50 runs.
India scored 53 runs in the power play without losing a wicket, which is their best performance in the tournament so far. Rohit and Rahul did not have any problem in rotating the strike in the middle overs and both did not hesitate to teach a lesson to the bad ball. Rohit completed his half-century in 37 balls with a four on Naveen in the 12th over. Rahul took the team’s score beyond 100 runs with a six in the same over. 16 runs were scored in this over.
Rohit-Rahul had decided India’s victory
Rahul completed his half-century in 35 balls with a four on Gulbadin in the next over. In the 14th over, Rohit hit two consecutive sixes on the star leg-spinner Rashid. To break this partnership, Nabi gave the ball to Karim Janat (one wicket for seven runs) in the 15th over. Rahul welcomed the fast bowler with a four but Rohit gave the catch to Nabi at extra cover. After this Gulbadin (one wicket for 39 runs) gave another blow to India by bowling Rahul.
Indian batsmen scored runs at good average
Rishabh Pant showed his attitude with two consecutive sixes in the same over while Hardik Pandya hit three fours on Hamid. Najibullah Zadran dropped the catch of Pandya in Naveen’s next over. Taking advantage of life, Pandya scored 19 runs on Naveen with two sixes. This fast bowler conceded 59 runs in four overs. Pant took the team’s score beyond 200 runs in the last over with fours and sixes off consecutive balls of Hamid.