India 210/2 (20) – Afghanistan 144/7 (20). Such an astonishing result keeps Indian cricket dreams alive to proceed to the next stage after two opening defeats in the Super 12 stage.
The game started well for the Blues, who were forced to bat first. However, the idea of catching up with the opponent in the second half was wrong for Afghanistan. KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma both overcame a half-century. Closer to the end of the first inning, the thing seemed to be not so critical for the Afghanistani team after two wickets in a few balls. But fresh Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya worsened the situation, showing even better conversion and scoring 210 runs in total.
The response promised to be almost impossible by Afghanistan batters, and Indian bowlers showed why. The Men in Blue hit seven wickets and gave 144 runs for their opponents, which could be an excellent result in any other game on this event, but not against a scaring India.
Still, everything depends on the Afghanistan and New Zealand game, where the Asian team has to beat the islanders. In this case, the regarded duo and India could have six points each, and everything will be calculated on a net run-rate basis. If so, Indian chances are pretty high as they will face two outsiders of the group, Namibia and Scotland, having an excellent opportunity to increase the key numbers. Want to know more about sport news and don’t miss the important news? Subscribe to news99india.in and receive the latest updates to your email.