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India's 47-Run Victory Over Afghanistan: T20 World Cup Highlights


ICC World Cup  •  21 Jun, 2024  •  26,261 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

Written by Shivani Chourasia


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In an impressive display of skill and determination, Team India moved a step closer to ending their decade-long wait for an ICC trophy by securing a decisive 47-run victory against Afghanistan at the Kensington Oval in Barbados on Thursday. The performance was marked by standout contributions from Suryakumar Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah, with captain Rohit Sharma commending his team's exceptional bowling attack.

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Match Recap: India Opts to Bat First

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In a crucial decision after winning the toss, Indian captain Rohit Sharma chose to bat first. The Men in Blue faced an early setback when Rohit, opting for an aggressive approach against Afghanistan's Fazalhaq Farooqi, was caught by Rashid Khan, marking an early departure for the skipper. This early wicket could have put India on the back foot, but the team had plans to recover.

Stabilizing the Innings

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Rishabh Pant and Virat Kohli then took the crease, aiming to stabilize the innings. Pant, however, was dismissed for 20 runs by Rashid Khan during the powerplay. Despite his short stay, Pant's innings added crucial runs to the scoreboard. Kohli, known for his ability to anchor innings, tried to build a partnership but fell victim to Afghanistan's tightening grip. The fall of Kohli's wicket was a significant moment, putting pressure on the rest of the batting lineup. Shivam Dube's dismissal soon after compounded India's troubles, as the Afghan bowlers continued to apply pressure and maintain control.

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Crucial Partnership Boosts India's Total

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A pivotal moment came with a quickfire 60-run partnership between Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya, which ensured India posted a respectable total. Yadav's aggressive stroke play combined with Pandya's powerful hitting helped India recover from their early losses. Despite losing Yadav, Pandya, and Ravindra Jadeja in the final overs, India managed to score 181/7 in their allotted 20 overs. This total was a testament to the middle order's resilience and ability to perform under pressure, setting a challenging target for Afghanistan.

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