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T20 WC: Team India’s All-round Performance Thrashed Helpless Afghanistan, Twitter Reacts
By Aditya Pratap - Nov 3, 2021 11:22 pm
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India and Afghanistan are locking horns in a Super 12 round match of the T20 World Cup 2021 in Abu Dhabi. India are still winless in the tournament while Afghanistan are in a good position on the points table.

India bowlers were on the mark against Afghanistan

Afghanistan won the toss and opted to bowl first. India brought Suryakumar Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin in the playing XI while leaving Ishan Kishan and Varun Chakaravarthy. On the other hand, Sharafuddin Ashraf and Hamid Hassan came in Afghanistan’s playing XI.

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Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul walked out to open the innings. They were in good touch from the very beginning and started hitting boundaries from the very first over. Both openers took no time in getting into their grooves and started punishing Afghanistan bowlers.

Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul were in the mood for fun and scored fast runs. The duo scored 140 runs for the opening wicket before Rohit got out for 74 runs in 47 balls featuring eight fours and three sixes. KL Rahul also notched up his fifty and got out after scoring 69 runs in 48 balls, including six fours and two sixes.

Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya got promoted to bat at 3 and 4 respectively. Both batters tore Afghanistan’s bowling line-up apart and shared a 63-run stand in 21 balls. Hardik scored 35 runs in just 13 balls while Pant scored 27 runs in 13 balls, which propelled India’s score to 210/2 in 20 overs.

In response, Indian bowlers walked out with all guns blazing. Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah didn’t give easy runs while dismissing both Afghan openers. Rahmanullah Gurbaz played a few flamboyant shots against Shami but was undone by Ravindra Jadeja.

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Ravichandran Ashwin, playing his first white-ball game for India after four years, enjoyed his outing and grabbed two wickets while conceding just 14 runs in his four overs. Indian bowlers didn’t allow any Afghan batter to set their eyes by chipping regular wickets. Shami took three wickets for 32 runs in his final over.

Afghanistan huffed and puffed to 144/7 in 20 overs and lost the match by 66 runs. India registered their maiden victory in this edition of the T20 World Cup.

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