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India edge Afghans in low-scoring encounter

A day after Sri Lanka stunned England in Leeds, an even bigger upset looked on the cards only for India to sneak home by 11 runs after strike bowler Mohammad Shami's last-gasp heroics

Update : 22 Jun 2019, 03:06 PM

India's Mohammed Shami claimed a sensational final-over hat-trick as Afghanistan just missed out on major World Cup upset Saturday.

A day after Sri Lanka stunned England in Leeds, an even bigger upset looked on the cards only for India to sneak home by 11 runs after strike bowler Shami's last-gasp heroics.

Afghanistan made the most of a slow wicket to restrict India to 224/8, their lowest total of the tournament, but then struggled themselves. 

Needing 16 to win off the last six balls with three wickets remaining, they were all out for 213, slumping to their sixth successive defeat.

Shami dismissed Mohammad Nabi, who top-scored for the Afghans with 52, Aftab Alam and Mujeeb Ur Rahman to complete his hat-trick.

Having bled 397 in their previous outing against England, the spin-heavy Afghan attack had earlier redeemed themselves against India's vaunted batting line-up.

Off-spinner Mujeeb drew first blood in the fifth over when he bowled the in-form Rohit Sharma for one after India opted to bat.

India, known for preserving wickets and accelerating later, managed only 41 runs in the first 10 overs.

Kohli batted with trademark fluency, though, making up for a lack of boundaries with smart running between the wickets during his breezy 67.

He forged two half-century partnerships, first with KL Rahul and then Vijay Shankar, to steady the innings.

Replacing the injured Shikhar Dhawan at the top of the order, Rahul made 30 before attempting an unnecessary reverse sweep and gifting his wicket. 

Shankar did not convert his start either and made 29 before falling leg-before to Rahmat Shah.

Nabi then struck the biggest blow in the 31st over when he had Kohli caught at point.

India still had enough firepower in their batting line-up but the unerring Afghan spinners straight-jacketed them. 

Mahendra Singh Dhoni made a labored 28 and Hardik Pandya could not reproduce his trademark power-hitting.

Kedar Jadhav (52) hit the only six in the India innings but the expected late burst did not materialize.

Rashid Khan, whose figure of 9-0-110-0 against England were the worst in World Cup history, bounced back with 1/38 in 10 tidy overs.

Afghanistan wobbled early in their chase, losing Hazratullah Zazai in the seventh over but they made slow, steady progress even after Gulbadin Naib fell for 27.

Jasprit Bumrah dismissed Rahmat Shah (36) and Hashmatulla Shahidi (21) during a two-wicket maiden to drag India back into the contest.

Shami conceded a boundary off the first ball of the final over but struck with his third, fourth and fifth deliveries to finish with 4/40.

MATCH 28

INDIA INNINGS        R    B

Rahul c Zazai b Nabi        30    53

Rohit b Mujeeb         1    10

Kohli c Rahmat b Nabi        67    63

Shankar lbw b Rahmat     29    41

Dhoni st Ikram b Rashid     28    52

Jadhav c sub (Noor) b Naib    52    68

Pandya c Ikram b Aftab     7    9

Shami b Naib            1    2

Kuldeep not out        1    1

Bumrah not out        1    1

Extras (w 7)            7 

Total (50 Overs)        224/8 

Fall Of Wickets

1-7 (Rohit), 2-64 (Rahul), 3-122 (Shankar), 4-135 (Kohli), 5-192 (Dhoni), 6-217 (Pandya), 7-222 (Shami), 8-223 (Jadhav)

Bowling

Mujeeb 10-0-26-1, Aftab 7-1-54-1, Naib 9-0-51-2, Nabi 9-0-33-2, Rashid 10-0-38-1, Rahmat 5-0-22-1

AFGHANISTAN INNINGS    R    B

Zazai b Shami            10    24

Naib c Shankar b Pandya    27    42

Rahmat c Chahal b Bumrah    36    63

Shahidi c & b Bumrah        21    45

Afghan b Chahal        8    19

Nabi c Pandya b Shami    52    55

Najibullah c Chahal b Pandya    21    23

Rashid st Dhoni b Chahal    14    16

Ikram not out            7    10

Aftab b Shami            0    1

Mujeeb b Shami        0    1

Extras (b 4, lb 4, w 9)        17 

Total (49.5 Overs)        213 all out 

Fall Of Wickets

1-20 (Zazai), 2-64 (Naib), 3-106 (Rahmat), 4-106 (Shahidi), 5-130 (Afghan), 6-166 (Najibullah), 7-190 (Rashid), 8-213 (Nabi), 9-213 (Aftab), 10-213 (Mujeeb)

Bowling

Shami 9.5-1-40-4, Bumrah 10-1-39-2, Chahal 10-0-36-2, Pandya 10-1-51-2, Kuldeep 10-0-39-0

India won by 11 runs

MoM: Jasprit Bumrah

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