INDIA beat AFG. (Source: Twitter)

On the back of the brilliant bowling of Mohammed Shami (3/32), India defeated Afghanistan by 66 runs in the ICC World Super 12 match played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium here on Wednesday. With this, India registered its first win in the tournament. Batting first after losing the toss, India scored 210 runs in 20 overs for the loss of two wickets. In reply, chasing the target, Afghanistan’s team could score only 144 runs in 20 overs at the loss of 7 wickets. Karim Janat scored 42 not out for the team.

Mohammed Shami took three wickets for India. While spin bowler Ravichandran Ashwin took two wickets, apart from this Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja got one wicket each.

At the same time, the Indian fast bowlers gave initial shocks to the Afghanistan team, which came out to chase the target. Due to which the Afghanistan team scored 47 runs for the loss of wickets in the power play. During this, Hazratullah Zazai (13) and Mohammad Shahzadi (0) were dismissed for runs. After this, Rahmanullah Gurbaz got out after scoring 19 runs in 10 balls with the help of one four and two sixes. Batting at the fourth position, Gulabdin Naib returned to the pavilion after hitting three fours and scoring 18 runs in 20 balls.

After this, Najibullah Zadran, who came at number five and sixth and captain Mohammad Nabi, together added some runs for the team. Due to which the team’s score reached 65 runs in 11 overs. Meanwhile, Jadran made 11 off 13 balls with the help of a six and was bowled by Ashwin. By this time the team scored 81 runs in 13 overs for the loss of five wickets. After this a good partnership was seen between Karim Janat and Captain Nabi.

Together they scored 57 runs in 38 balls, after which captain Nabi was dismissed for 35 runs in 32 balls with the help of two fours and one six. Along with this, Rashid Khan (0) also started walking quickly. Janat scored an unbeaten 42 runs in 22 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes, which the team could score only 144 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 20 overs.

Earlier, opting to bat, the Indian team had a great start and they scored 53 runs in their power play without losing any wicket. During this, Rohit and Rahul added runs for the team in a scintillating manner. Meanwhile, India scored 85 runs in 10 overs without losing any wickets. Rohit completed his fifty in 37 balls while beating the Afghanistan bowlers. With this, the team’s score reached 100 in 11 overs. At the same time, Rahul also completed his half-century in 35 balls while scoring runs at a fast pace.

Meanwhile, in the 15th over, Rohit was dismissed for 74 runs in 47 balls with the help of eight fours and three sixes. Soon Rahul also returned to the pavilion after scoring 69 runs in 48 balls with the help of six fours and two sixes. Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya, who came in third and fourth places, batted tremendously and hit big shorts, which took the team’s score to 175 runs for the loss of two wickets in 18 overs.

With this, Pant scored an unbeaten 27 runs in 13 balls with the help of three fours and a six. At the same time, in the last over, Pandya made an unbeaten 35 off 13 balls with the help of four fours and two sixes. Together, the duo shared a partnership of 63 runs in 21 balls, which took India’s score to 210 for the loss of two wickets. At the same time, Afghanistan’s bowlers Karim Janat and Gulabdin Naib got one wicket each.