In Pics: ICC World Cup 2019 | India beat Afghanistan by 11 runs
Updated On : 22 Jun 2019,11:52 PM
Afghanistan team were two down for 106 runs after 28 overs, chasing 224 runs against top-ranked side India. With Hashmatullah Shahidi and Rahmat Shah still at the crease, it looked, Afghanistan will do the biggest upset in world cricket. However, in the 29th over, Indian skipper Virat Kohli introduced Jasprit Bumrah back into the attack, who produced two important wickets in the same over to put two-time champion India on the driver's seat. In the end, the equation had come down to 16 off 6 balls with Mohammad Shami bowling the last over. He held his nerves and scalped hat-trik to help India escape with 11 run victory against brave Afghanistan at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.
Earlier in the game, Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib started with Mujeeb Ur Rahman and the move worked brilliantly for the side. The in-form opener Rohit Sharma pushed and nudged for nine deliveries before losing his off stump on the tenth. The opener failed to read the carrom ball from the wrist spinner and played inside the line only to see the ball go past the outside edge and crash into the stumps.
Virat Kohli and KL Rahul got the Indian innings back on track, registering a 57-run stand but latter continued to struggle against spin and got out playing a disastrous reverse sweep.
The rash shot from Indian skipper Virat Kohli further slumped India to 135 for 4 in 31 overs. However, he still managed to register his 52nd ODI fifty.
MS Dhoni took time to settle in, and Kedar Jadhav too adopted a cautious approach. The bowlers continued to dominate and didn't give anything to Indian batsmen which eventually led wickets to tumble and India to finish at 224 for the loss of eight wickets in 50 overs.
In the third over when India was desperately looking for a wicket and Mohammad Shami bowled a full and straight length delivery to Hazratullah Zazai that seems to have caught him right in front and the Indian players appealed straightaway which was turned down by Aleem Dar.But Virat Kohli's men reviewed the on-field decision and went upstairs. However, India lost the lone review as the impact was outside leg.
Seeing this, Virat wasn't looking pleased and he straightaway went upto umpire Richard Illingworth. But that didn't do any favour. Although, Hazratullah Zazai failed to add much to the total as he was sent back by Shami in seventh over for mere 10 runs.
In the 29th over, Indian skipper Virat Kohli introduced Jasprit Bumrah back into the attack, who produced two important wickets in the same over to put two-time champion India on the driver's seat.
Mohammad Shami took the game close but fell short by some margin. He scored 52 runs off 55 balls. His innings was laced with four boundaries and one mighty six.
Mohammed Shami created history as he became the second Indian after Chetan Sharma to take a hat-trick in the ICC Cricket World Cup. Shami's feat helped India win a tense encounter against Afghanistan by 11 runs in Southampton on Saturday as they continued their unbeaten run in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.