World Cup 2023: India Vs Afghanistan Highlights | India Demolishes Afghanistan by 8 Wickets

India thrashed Afghanistan by 8 wickets in Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium as they registered their second consecutive victory in their World Cup campaign. On Wednesday, 11 October 2023, these two sides met each other in the 9th match of ICC Men’s cricket world cup, 2023.

After winning the toss, Afghanistan decided to bat first in good batting strip and managed to score 272 runs by losing 8 wickets in their 50 overs. Hashmatullah Shahidi top scored with 80 runs in 88 balls before being trapped in front leg before wicket by Kuldeep Yadav. Azmatullah Omarzai assisted him (62 of 69 balls) as both the batters stitched together a 121 runs partnership. Hardik Pandya cleaned up Omarzai to break the threatening stand between them. Later on, Mohammad Nabi (19), Rashid Khan (16) and Mujeeb ur Rahman (10) chipped in with useful contributions that took their score to 272.
Earlier, Indian seamer Jasprit Bumrah drew the first blood as he dismissed Afghan opener Ibrahim Zadran (21 of 28 balls). Bumrah was impressive with amazing bowling figure of 10-0-39-4. Hardik Pandya also picked up two wickets. He dismissed in form Afghan opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Azmatullah Omarzai.The spinners, Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja, despite being economical, only picked up one wicket between them.

In reply, India cruised to victory with the help of a quick fire century by Captain Rohit Sharma (131 of 84 balls). He was assisted by his opening partner Ishan Kishan (47 of 47 balls). The opening stand put up 156 runs that took the game away from Afghanistan. After the fall of Ishan Kishan and Rohit’s wickets, Virat Kohli steered the ship home with a calm and composed (55 not out of 56 balls) and he got assistance from Shreyas Iyer who scored 25 of 23 deliveries. Among the Afghan bowlers, only their star spinner Rashid Khan picked up two wickets.
Rohit Sharma won the player of the match award. He mentioned in the match presentations, “It was a good pitch to bat on, just backed myself to play my natural game. I knew once I got my eye in, the wicket was going to get easier for me. Something that I have been working on from a long time. It’s a special feeling to get a World Cup hundred. Really happy with that. Don’t want to think too much, I don’t want to lose my focus. You need to make such things count. You gotta make it big.”

Afghan captain Hashmatullah Shahidi has stated, “We had above 300 as the target in mind, given India’s strong line-up. Unfortunately, we lost back-to-back wickets in the middle. Our thinking at the toss was that it was a good pitch and we wanted to put up big runs. After losing three, me and Azmat were talking, told him to keep going and look after each other.”

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