India has chosen to bat against Afghanistan. Mohammed Shami is in for Bhuvneshwar Kumar while there are a couple of changes for Afghanistan. Rohit Sharma fell cheaply to Mujeeb Ur Rahman while KL Rahul stitched a solid stand with Virat Kohli. The partnership went past fifty but Rahul went for 30 as he fell to Mohammad Nabi. Virat Kohli continued his great form and smashed his 52nd fifty while Vijay Shankar got an opportunity to settle in and play a good hand with Kohli. However, Shankar fell for 29 to Rahmat Shah and MS Dhoni stepped in. Virat Kohli fell for 67 as Afghanistan's spinners built the pressure but Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav pushed India to a good total. Afghanistan bowled with discipline and conceded just 49 runs in the last 10 overs as India managed 224/8 despite Jadhav's sixth fifty. In response, Afghanistan stayed in the hunt thanks to contributions from Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi. However, Mohammed Nabi's fifty kept Afghanistan in the hunt but Mohammed Shami took a hat-trick as India won by 11 runs. (LIVE SCORECARD)(LIVE UPDATES IN HINDI)
23:00 hrs IST: Mohammed Shami, you beauty. Takes a hat-trick and India win by 11 runs. What a nail-biter.
22:52 hrs IST: Nabi gets a couple. Afghanistan need 19 off 10.
22:50 hrs IST: Ikram Ali Khil gets a couple and Afghanistan need 21 off 12. Pressure pressure.
22:45 hrs IST: Nabi launches a six off Bumrah and then manages to overturn a LBW appeal as the impact was outside off. The match is heading into a thriller. Afghanistan need 23 off 14 balls.
22:36 hrs IST: WICKET! FOUR and out! Superb stuff. Rashid unfurls the reverse sweep but gets stumped by Dhoni. That might be the game for India. Afghanistan are 190/7 in the 46th over.
22:31 hrs IST: Nabi blasts a four straight to wide long off while Kedar Jadhav misfields but manages to stop the ball from going to the ropes. Afghanistan need 40 off 30 as they are 185/6 after 45 overs.
22:26 hrs IST: Bumrah keeps it tight and the asking rate goes above eight. Afghanistan are 176/6 after 44 overs, needing 49 off 36 balls.
22:22 hrs IST: Chahal concedes just three runs. Afghanistan need 53 off 42 balls. Afghanistan are 172/6 after 43 overs.
22:14 hrs IST: WICKET! Brilliant from Pandya. Slow, length ball on the stumps, Najibullah chips it to the leg side and Afghanistan lose their sixth. They need 59 off 51.
22:04 hrs IST: Najibullah and Nabi are making good progress. Afghanistan are 157/5 after 40 overs, needing 68 off 60. Game on!
21:54 hrs IST: Kuldeep Yadav finishes his spell. 10-0-39-0. After 38 overs, Afghanistan are 143/5 and need 82 off 72. Asking rate close to seven.
21:51 hrs IST: Mohammad Nabi holds the key now. After 37 overs, Afghanistan are 140/5, needing 85 off 78 balls.
21:40 hrs IST: WICKET! Brilliant from Chahal. Brainfade from Asghar Afghan as he attempts the slog sweep and gets bowled. Afghanistan are 130/5 after 35 overs.
21:35 hrs IST: Chahal bowls a short ball and Nabi cracks the ball to deep point and Afghanistan are 121/4 in 33 overs.
21:31 hrs IST: In the air but safe! Nabi slices the length ball over point but it falls in no man's land. After 32 overs, Afghanistan are 116/4.
21:22 hrs IST: Bumrah concedes just three runs and the asking rate has gone past six. After 31 overs, Afghanistan are 110/4.
21:19 hrs IST: Hardik Pandya is steaming in and Afghanistan now have a battle on their hands. The run-rate is creeping up. After 30 overs, Afghanistan are 107/4.
21:13 hrs IST: WICKETS! Rahmat Shah top-edges the pull and Chahal takes a good catch at long leg. Couple of balls later, Hashmatullah chips a ball back to Bumrah. The right-armer has struck twice and India are on top. After 29 overs, Afghanistan are 106/4.
21:01 hrs IST: Jasprit Bumrah is into the attack and Afghanistan continue to make good progress. After 26 overs, Afghanistan are 104/2.
20:52 hrs IST: Shahidi cracks a boundary off Chahal and survives a stumping chance. After 25 overs, Afghanistan are 91/2.
20:46 hrs IST: Shahidi slams a pull off Kuldeep Yadav and they negotiate Chahal well. After 23 overs, Afghanistan are 84/2.
20:40 hrs IST: Rahmat breaks the pressure as he slams a boundary off Hardik Pandya to the deep extra cover fence. Afghanistan are 76/2 after 21 overs.
20:32 hrs IST: Hardik Pandya bowls a MAIDEN OVER! Afghanistan are 67/2 after 19 overs.
20:25 hrs IST: Kuldeep Yadav concedes just one run. The onus is on Rahmat and Hashmatullah Shahidi. Afghanistan are 67/2 in the 19th over.
20:23 hrs IST: WICKET! Short ball from Pandya and Naib top-edges the pull, Vijay Shankar takes a good catch at backward square leg. Timely wicket for India.
20:13 hrs IST: Afghanistan are making solid progress. Rahmat survives a stumping while Naib jst about survives. After 16 overs, Afghanistan are 61/1.
20:08 hrs IST: Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal concede just one run as India look to pile the pressure against Afghanistan. After 15 overs, Afghanistan are 57/1.
20:04 hrs IST: A tight over from Chahal and Afghanistan are 55/1 after 13 overs.
20:00 hrs IST: Poor over from Hardik Pandya as he concedes two boundaries off Gulbadin Naib. Both boundaries are at deep midwicket and Afghanistan are 54/1 after 12 overs.
19:57 hrs IST: Rahmat Shah flicks a boundary to wide long on and Afghanistan are 42/1 after 11 overs.
19:52 hrs IST: Hardik Pandya overdoes the bouncer and it goes well over Dhoni for five wides. Afghanistan are 37/1 after 10 overs.
19:48 hrs IST: Yuzvendra Chahal comes into the attack and Afghanistan negotiate him well. After nine overs, Afghanistan are 29/1.
19:43 hrs IST: Naib clips Bumrah to the deep midwicket fence for three runs and Afghanistan need less than 200 runs. After eight overs, Afghanistan are 26/1.
19:36 hrs IST: WICKET! The pressure was being built and Afghanistan succumb.The full off-cutter and Zazai goes for the ugly swipe, but he misses. Afghanistan are 20/1 after seven overs.
19:31 hrs IST: Almost a wicket! Gulbadin is cramped for room as he toe-ends the pull and the ball just eludes Bumrah. Afghanistan are 18/0 after six overs.
19:27 hrs IST: Afghanistan make steady progress and Afghanistan are 16/0 after five overs.
19:24 hrs IST: Zazai gets a boundary off Bumrah to third man and Afghanistan are 12/0 after four overs.
19:17 hrs IST: REVIEW GONE! India appeal for an LBW against Hazratullah Zazai. With one second remaining, they take the review and the ball is pitching just outide the line of leg stump. Kohli is angry and he argues with the umpire. However, a rule is a rule. Afghanistan are 7/0 after three overs.
19:11 hrs IST: Dhoni concedes four byes as he cannot get behind a ball that keeps low from Jasprit Bumrah. Afghanistan are 6/0 after two overs.
19:07 hrs IST: Hazratullah Zazai gets a single to third man and Afghaistan are 1/0 after the first over.
18:35 hrs IST: Gulbadin Naib bowls a brilliant last over and India are 224/8 after the end of 50 overs. This will be a tricky total on a sluggish wicket.
18:29 hrs IST: FIFTY and WICKET! Kedar Jadhav notches up his sixth fifty but Mohammed Shami loses his wicket to Gulbadin Naib. India are 222/7 in 49.3 overs.
18:20 hrs IST: Superb bowling from Gulbadin Naib. Afghanistan are not giving Pandya the length to hit the big shots. The pitch is also slow. After 48 overs, India are 213/5.
18:15 hrs IST: Rashid ends a sensational spell of 10-0-38-1. That is the Rashid of old. After 47 overs, India are 206/5.
18:10 hrs IST: Jadhav hammers a four and a six off Aftab Alam and India cross 200. After 46 overs, India are 205/5.
18:03 hrs IST: WICKET!Rashid Khan finally strikes and Dhoni's torment has ended. He charges down to slog across the line but misses it. India are 192/5 after 44.2 overs.
18:01 hrs IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman finishes with 10-0-26-1. India are 192/4 after 44 overs.
17:56 hrs IST: Jadhav pulls a four and then Dhoni blasts a four off Aftab Alam as India near 200. After 43 overs, India are 190/4.
17:50 hrs IST: Only two runs in the over from Mujeeb Ur Rahman. India 179/4 after 42 overs.
17:46 hrs IST: Only two runs in the over from Rashid Khan. India are 177/4 after 41 overs.
17:43 hrs IST: Dhoni clobbers a slower ball from Gulbadin Naib to the backward square leg fence for a boundary. After 40 overs, India are 175/4.
17:37 hrs IST: Dhoni blasts a boundary off Naib to deep extra cover and Rashid Khan is negotiated well. After 39 overs, India are 166/4.
17:29 hrs IST: After five good balls, Jadhav slog sweeps Rashid Khan to the deep midwicket fence. India are 156/4 after 37 overs.
17:23 hrs IST: MS Dhoni is striking at under 30 and India are 152/4 after 36 overs. One feels a total of 250 will be huge on this sluggish wicket.
17:21 hrs IST: No boundaries have been hit for the last 10 overs. India are 151/4 after 35 overs.
17:16 hrs IST: Mujeeb Ur Zadran is back into the attack and India are 146/4 after 34 overs.
17:13 hrs IST: Rahmat Shah and Mohammad Nabi are applying the pressure but MS Dhoni holds the key now. India are 143/4 after 33 overs.
17:05 hrs IST: WICKET! That is a massive wicket for Afghanistan. Slightly short and wide from Mohammad Nabi, Kohli flashes hard at the cut but the ball goes to backward point and Rahmat Shah takes the catch. India are 135/4 after 30.3 overs.
17:00 hrs IST: Kohli continues to strike at over a run-a-ball and India are 133/3 after 30 overs. India need a total in excess of 280 to put the contest out of Afghanistan considering how strong the Indian bowling is.
16:56 hrs IST: MS Dhoni has started slowly and India are 128/3 after 29 overs.
16:53 hrs IST: Tight over from Rashid Khan and India are 125/3 after 28 overs. Kohli is key now.
16:47 hrs IST: WICKET! Rahmat Shah traps Shankar in front. The flat legbreak straightens a touch and Shankar misses the sweep. India review but the ball is just clipping the leg stump. India retain the review but Shankar falls. India are 122/3 after 26.1 overs.
16:44 hrs IST: Rashid Khan bowls a short ball and Kohli thumps the pull to the long leg fence. India are 122/2 after 26 overs.
16:40 hrs IST: Vijay Shankar blasts an inside-out drive off Rahmat Shah and India are 115/2 after 25 overs.
16:38 hrs IST: Rashid Khan bowls another tight over and India are 109/2 after 24 overs.
16:34 hrs IST: Rahmat Shah is into the attack and Vijay Shankar greets him with a boundary. India are 105/2 after 23 overs.
16:31 hrs IST: Kohli blasts his 52nd fifty. The supreme run-machine continues his great work. India are 98/2 after 22 overs.
16:25 hrs IST: Kohli is nearing his fifty. India are 91/2 after 21 overs.
16:22 hrs IST: Afghanistan appeal for an LBW against Vijay Shankar. The googly from Rashid Khan and Vijay Shankar gets an inside edge onto the his pad. Afghanistan take the DRS but they lose the review. India are 86/2 after 20 overs.
16:18 hrs IST: India are calmly rotating the strike over. India are 79/2 after 19 overs.
16:13 hrs IST: Afghanistan are tightening the screws and India are 75/2 after 18 overs.
16:09 hrs IST: Superb over from Nabi and India are 73/2 after 17 overs.
16:06 hrs IST: Naib and Nabi are building the pressure and India are 72/2 after 16 overs.
15:57 hrs IST: WICKET! KL Rahul attempts the reverse sweep off Mohammad Nabi and he falls for 30. Bad shot in the circumstances. India are 66/2 after 15 overs.
15:52 hrs IST: Mohammad Nabi is into the attack and he concedes just four runs. India are 59/1 after 13 overs.
15:49 hrs IST: India are making serene progress as they reach 55/1 after 12 overs.
15:46 hrs IST: Mujeeb drifts one down the legside and Kohli glances it to the fine leg fence. India are 49/1 after 11 overs.
15:41 hrs IST: Gulbadin Naib comes into the attack and he starts off well, generating some outswing and beating KL Rahul. India are 41/1 after 10 overs.
15:39 hrs IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman has figures of 5-0-10-1. India are 36/1 after nine overs.
15:34 hrs IST: FOURS! King Kohli is on a roll. He flicks Alam to the long leg boundary and then unfurls the majestic square drive. India are 34/1 after eight overs
15:29 hrs IST: India are negotiating Mujeeb Ur Rahman cautiously. India are 20/1 after seven overs.
15:25 hrs IST: FOURS! The first boundary of the match comes from the blade of KL Rahul. He square drives a full ball to deep point and then gets an edge to a full ball past the gap at slip and the keeper. After six overs, India are 18/1.
15:21 hrs IST: Superb bowling from Mujeeb. India are 9/1 after five overs.
15:18 hrs IST: WICKET! Superb stuff from Mujeeb. A flatter delivery and it spins away slightly, Rohit plays down the wrong line and the off stump is knocked back.
15:16 hrs IST: MAIDEN! Tight lines from Aftab Alam and India are 7/0 after four overs.
15:13 hrs IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman bowls yet another tight over. India are 7/0 after three overs.
15:10 hrs IST: Aftab Alam is in the attack now. Rahul begins steadily and India are 6/0 after two overs.
15:05 hrs IST: Mujeeb starts off well and India are 3/0 after the first over.
15:02 hrs IST: Afghanistan have sprung a surprise. Getting Mujeeb Ur Rahman to open the bowling. KL Rahul on strike.
14:59 hrs IST: The national anthems of both the sides are done. It is time for action. KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma will open the batting for India. How quickly can they set the platform for a big score? Or Will Afghanistan strike early?
14:41 hrs IST: Here are the playing XIs of both the teams
Afghanistan (Playing XI): Hazratullah Zazai, Gulbadin Naib(c), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Ali Khil(w), Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
India (Playing XI): KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
14:38 hrs IST: India opt to bat. Mohammed Shami in for Bhuvneshwar Kumar. For Afghanistan, a couple of changes.
14:24 hrs IST: The sun is out in Southampton. Should India win the toss, one feels that they should bowl first and chase the total down quickly. With Sri Lanka's win over England, the entire semi-final race has opened up and it might boil down to net run-rate.
14:13 hrs IST: What should be the team's ploy when they win toss? Will India or Afghanistan bowl or bat first? One feels this could be a batting wicket. Post a big total and then apply the pressure.
14:05 hrs IST: The weather report is fine in Southampton. The word coming in is that Vijay Shankar is fit. However, should the management decide to rest him fr this clash, maybe Dinesh Karthik might get a look-in.
14:02 hrs IST: A warm welcome to the game between India and Afghanistan from Southampton. It is the clash between a well-oiled efficient machine and a team that is on the ropes with problems both on the field and off the field.