Mohammed Shami took a dramatic hat-trick to lastly clinch an exciting 11-run win over Afghanistan after the minnows threatened one of many largest shocks in World Cup historical past in Southampton on Saturday.
Afghanistan, showing at solely their second World Cup, misplaced the toss however restricted India to 224 for eight of their 50 overs, giving themselves a real likelihood for an enormous upset.
They have been effectively set at 106-2 within the 29th over, though the run-rate was beginning to edge up, however two wickets in a single over from paceman Jasprit Bumrah eliminated Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi.
Mohammad Nabi and Najibullah Zadran batted sensibly to maintain their facet within the hunt, however when Zadran was caught by Yuzvendra Chahal off Hardik Pandya, Afghanistan have been 166-6 within the 42nd over.
Nabi was nonetheless there within the remaining over, with 16 required and drilled Shami’s first ball down the bottom for 4. With an unimaginable triumph inside touching distance, Nabi was caught by Pandya at lengthy on two balls later.
Shami then clean-bowled Aftab Alam and Mujeeb Ur Rahman to seal a nerve-jangling win with a hat-trick.
“We bowled very well. We did effectively in batting, however credit score to Bumrah for the way he bowled within the final two or three overs,” annoyed Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib stated.
“The whole was not that a lot however you want 80s or 100s — 30 or 25s aren’t sufficient.
“If you happen to chase 250 then center order batsmen ought to go longer and take duty.”
Earlier, an more and more fraught India have been livid when the umpire turned down an enormous lbw shout in the beginning of the 29th over from Bumrah, who rapped Shah on the pads — Virat Kohli’s facet had no opinions left.
Simply three balls later Shah, on 36, top-edged a hook and Chahal took a superb low catch working in from superb leg, sending the massed ranks of flag-waving Indian supporters wild.
Along with his remaining ball of the over Bumrah turned the sport sharply again in India’s path when Shahidi may solely supply up a easy caught-and-bowled likelihood and he departed for 21.
Bumrah — the world’s top-ranked one-day worldwide bowler — completed with figures of two for 39 from his 10 overs, bowling fantastically on the demise.
Shami completed with figures of Four-40.
“When the captain has a lot belief in you, it offers you numerous confidence to specific your self. That helps me preserve a transparent head,” stated man-of-the-match Bumrah.
“There was reverse swing, so that you needed to depend on your yorkers.”
Tight Afghan assault
Afghanistan have been the whipping boys of the event in England and Wales, typically looking of their depth towards the extra established groups.
Saturday’s match was solely the third one-day worldwide between the 2 groups and defeat for India would have been a serious embarrassment regardless of final yr’s tie within the Asia Cup.
India have been on the again foot proper in the beginning of the match when in-form opener Rohit Sharma, who has scored two lots of to date within the event, was dismissed for only one by off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
The remainder of India’s highly effective prime order all received established, with Kohli making 67 from 63 balls, however none went on to play a decisive innings for the two-time champions.
They hit simply 16 boundaries — together with just one six.
Off-spinner Mujeeb was significantly spectacular, conceding simply 26 runs in his 10 overs, whereas leg-spinner Rashid Khan bounced again from the most costly spell in World Cup historical past towards England to take 1-38.
Kohli, who scored half-centuries towards Australia and Pakistan, reached his third consecutive fifty of the event off 48 balls, with 4 fours, however was caught by Shah off the bowling of Nabi.
Kedar Jadhav reached his fifty off 66 balls, giving the scorecard a glance of respectability and the entire finally proved simply an excessive amount of for Afghanistan.
India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (capt), Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.
Afghanistan: Hazratullah Zazai, Gulbadin Naib (capt), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Ikram Alikhil (wicketkeeper), Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.