-India beat Afghanistan by 11 runs
-India 224 for 8; Afghanistan 213
-India comes up to the third position of points table
India bowled superbly to defend a paltry total of 224 against Afghanistan in match number 28 of the ICC World Cup 2019 on Saturday.
One has rightly said, “Batting wins you matches but Bowling wins you tournaments”. India bowled superbly to defend a paltry total of 224 against Afghanistan.
This was India’s fourth victory in World Cup 2019 as they leapfrogged England on the points table.
Bumrah’s Double Blow
Jasprit Bumrah’s double blow swung the match in India’s favour.
When the opponents skipper himself praises your best bowler it makes it evident how impactful Bumrah was on the field against Afghanistan.
Jasprit Bumrah striked for India. Got two wickets in one over of two set Afghan batsmen which set up the momentum.
Shami’s Hat-trick sealed the game
KABOOM! Shami becomes only the second Indian to take a hat-trick in World Cups.
He was given the responsibility of the last over and has come out with flying colors. He keeps it simple, goes full and straight, right at the base of the leg stump.
How did the match pan out?
India lost Rohit Sharma (1) early on, but from there on the Men in Blue added three 50-plus stands.
Besides Kohli, none of the other batsmen got runs freely.
Jadhav’s contribution was crucial as Afghan bowlers did a brilliant job. In reply, India were in a spot of bother, with Afghanistan going at 106/2.
Except for Kohli everyone else struggled
Kohli was the only player that looked in sync today. He struck five fours at a strike-rate of 106.35. The rest of the Indian batsmen struggled against the Afghanistan spinners. The pitch slowed down as the game progressed.
Kohli added two gritty partnerships with Rahul and Shankar helping India reach a defendable total.
Men in Blue should just thank Rashid and company for a tough time at Rose Bowl so that they can focus on what is lacking before its too late.