ICC World Cup: India win thriller; beat Afghanistan by 11 runs, Sami takes hat-trick in last over

Out of four, the Virat Kohli-led team has won three matches in the World Cup so far. They defeated South Africa, Australia, and Pakistan

Written by June 22, 2019 15:22

New Delhi: India Vs Afghanistan – the match which was seen as an easy contest, proved to be a tough fight on the field. India defeated Afghanistan by a paltry 11 runs. The thriller which could have tilted either ways but it was Mohammad Sami who turned the game for India in last over. Sami claimed hat-trick wickets in last over and helped India beat Afghanistan by 11 runs.

Minnows Afghanistan gave a tough fight to India, being touted as World Cup’s favourites but at last yielded to latter’s performance. Firstly, they restricted India to a small total of 224 runs and when they came to bat, looked formidable in the beginning. A quick fall of wickets in the middle overs proved to be their weak point. From here on, they couldn’t gather steam and finally gave way to Team India.

Earlier, India failed to score a big total against Afghanistan despite strong batting line-up. Despite Kohli and Jadhav hitting half century, the Men in Blue couldn’t post a big total on the score board. India gave a target of 225 runs to Afghanistan. Skipper Virat Kohli and Kedar Jadhav hit fifties but they didn’t find enough support from the others after Afghanistan spinners bowled brilliantly toto keep things tight.

Earlier, India won the toss and elected to bat first in their fifth match in the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup at Southampton on Saturday.

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AFGHANISTAN: 213 (All Out)

Bumrah lifts India with inspiring spell

Jasprit Bumrah bagged two wickets in a maiden over in the ongoing World Cup match against Afghanistan at Rose Bowl in Southampton. As inspiring spell by the fast bowler brought India back in the match, former cricketers and IPL franchises lauded him on Twitter.

In the 29th over, Bumrah dismissed Rahmat Shah (36) on the fourth ball, before sending Hashmatullah Shahidi (21) back to the pavilion on the last ball of the over.

In a Tweet, former India cricketer Yuvraj Singh said, “And the world no 1 bowler comes in and shows his class @Jaspritbumrah93 #GameChanger.”
ICC in a tweet said Bumrah turned the game. “Two wickets in an over! Jasprit Bumrah turns the game on its head – Afghanistan now four wickets down at the Hampshire Bowl,” ICC wrote.

INDIA : 224/8 (50 overs)

KL Rahul : 30

Rohit Sharma : 1

Virat Kohli: 67

Vijay Shankar : 29

Kedar Jadhav : 52

MS Dhoni : 28

Hardik Pandya :  7

Jasprit Bumrah : 1 

Kuldeep Jadhav : 1

# Vijay Shankar gest Leg before wicket (LBW) by Rahmat Shah.

# KL Rahul goes for reverse sweep, gives easy catch

# India lose first wicket, Rohit Sharma goes out cheaply and early

# India off to a rather quiet start. Both openers willing to take their time. India have often approached the first few overs with caution here and looks like the case today. India are 7/0 after 3 overs

India win toss, opt to bat first

India made one change in the team, Mohammad Shami replaces injured Bhavaneshwar Kumar.

Out of four, the Virat Kohli-led team has won three matches in the World Cup so far. They defeated South Africa, Australia, and Pakistan while their match against New Zealand was abandoned due to rain.

On the other hand, Afghanistan lost their all five matches in the tournament and stands at the last of the World Cup standings.

Following are India’s and Afghanistan’s playing XI:

India- Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar.

Afghanistan- Gulbadin Naib (c), Hazaratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Ikram Alikhil (wk), Aftab Alam, Mujeeb Ur Rahman. (ANI)