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T20 World Cup:  India beat Afghanistan by 66 runs: Team India now in track!

Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul heroics keep India alive as Afghanistan lose by 66 runs in Abu Dhabi

ICC T20 World Cup 2021: India beat Afghanistan by 66 runs in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday to keep their campaign alive in the tournament but their chances of reaching the semifinals still remain grim.

India (210/2) beat Afghanistan (144/7 in 20 overs) by 66 runs in Abu Dhabi

India’s 66-run win helped them improve their net run rate from -1.609 to + 0.073

India will still have to win their games vs Scotland and Namibia to stand a chance of reaching the semis

India returned to winning ways on Wednesday as they finally opened their account by beating Afghanistan by 66 runs in a do-or-die Super 12 encounter to keep their campaign alive in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.

India rode on outstanding performances from Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Ravichandran Ashwin to register their first win of the campaign after 3 games.

The Men in Blue moved up a place above Namibia in fourth position but still need to win their last two games and depend on other results to stand a chance of qualifying for the semifinals.

The big win though, helped them improve their net run rate from -1.609 to + 0.073 which will help their chances further.

Afghanistan managed to reach 144 for 7 in 20 overs after India posted 210 for 2, thanks to the swashbuckling half-centuries from openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul while Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant also played important cameos to help the team reach their second-highest total in T20 World Cups.

Ravichandran Ashwin (2 for 14), Mohammed Shami (3 for 32), Ravindra Jadeja (1 for 19) and Jasprit Bumrah (1 for 25) chipped in with the wickets to cap off an all-round performance from Virat Kohli’s side after the two heavy defeats last month.

While they would still have to bear the criticism of having flattered to deceive against Pakistan and New Zealand, Rohit (74 off 47 balls) and Rahul (69 off 48 balls) made a mockery of Afghanistan’s inexperienced attack, putting up a record 140 runs for the opening stand.

Pandya (35 not out off 13 balls) and Pant (27 not out off 13 balls) then clobbered 63 runs in 3.3 overs to take the total beyond Afghanistan’s reach after being asked to bat first by Mohammad Nabi.

210 was also the highest total in this edition of T20 World Cup but one can only hope that it hasn’t come two matches too late for Team India, who will face Scotland and Namibia in Dubai on November 5 and 8 respectively



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