ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019
Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton
Date & Time: 22 June 2019
RR: 4.27 | India beat Afghanistan by 11 runs
That's all from this close game. Afghanistan made sure that they don't get steamrolled, in fact, they gave India a very good run for their money. The Men in Blue now jump to the number 3 position in the points table after this hard-fought win. You can now switch tabs to catch all the action from Match 29 of this World Cup. For Sunday, you can join us at 1030 local (0930 GMT) for the clash between Pakistan and South Africa at Lord's. Cheers!
India skipper, Virat Kohli says this is one of his best victories. Mentions they have been playing very good cricket. Further adds that they felt 260 or 270 would have been an outstanding score but 250 would have been par. Admits at the halfway mark, they did have doubts in their mind but they had the self-belief also. Informs as soon as he went in to bat, he knew it was a slow wicket and the cross-batted shots were not the option here. Mentions that they needed to work it around and get into the innings as it was always going to be difficult with so many quality spinners in the opposition. Tells they look to use Bumrah smartly and he can pick wickets at any time. Informs they planned to give him the 49th so that Shami has quite a few runs to defend. Mentions Shami was excellent, especially his first spell, he was getting the ball to move around. Also tells Vijay Shankar has also shown intent, he has been fielding well too. Ends by saying the players in the squad are hungry and they know what it is to represent your country in the World Cup.
Afghanistan skipper, Gulbadin Naib says they played really well. Mentions that they bowled well and did an amazing job in restricting the Indian batting line-up which is very strong. States Afghanistan did well with the bat too but credits Bumrah for the way he bowled. Informs that the wicket was good in the first half and the spinners were very good, especially Rashid, who made a strong comeback. Further adds that they bowled well at the end too. Stresses the total was not a big one but they needed a big score from someone but it did not come. Ends by saying they lost their first 4 games really badly but in the last two games, they have done well and it is a positive sign for the team.
Jasprit Bumrah is the Man of the Match for his outstanding bowling! He says to be the go-to bowler of his skipper gives him a lot of confidence to express himself and that helps him to keep a clear mind. States the wicket was getting slower so they needed to be accurate with the older balls. Mentions he was backing his yorkers, the slower ball could also be used but it had to be according to the situation. Stresses they wanted to create pressure and increase the required run rate and it worked for them. Ends by saying they are all very close to each other, they discuss about the plans and it is very good that everybody is chipping in with the wickets.
It eventually came down to handling pressure. Afghanistan showed their inexperience there. They had India on the mat for some time but lacked the killer instinct to press the advantage home. A few reckless shots added to their woes and then to deal with the class of Bumrah and Shami was always going to be too hot to handle, especially at the death. The Men in Blue showed good character under pressure and just hung in there. They won the decisive moments and this close win will give them more happiness and confidence than any win so far in this tournament. A good workout was needed heading forward.
With Afghanistan slowly inching closer to the target, Virat Kohli turned to his trump card, Jasprit Bumrah. The speedster didn't disappoint his skipper and removed the set batsmen, Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi, in a space of three balls. The 29th over completely changed the landscape of this match and India made a roaring comeback. They slipped in some tidy overs to swell the required run rate and in spite of Mohammad Nabi trying his best by stitching a few partnerships, they fell short by 11 runs.
Yet another cliffhanger! Sri Lanka punched above their weight last evening to upset England and now Afghanistan nearly got the better of India. World Cup is surely warming up with some really close contests now. This match was played on a sluggish surface where India struggled to get going with the bat. They managed just 224 in their 50 overs and offered a real chance to Afghanistan. The Afghans started nervously but the second and third wicket partnerships kept them on the track and India on the back foot.
What an end to this thriller! Well done Afghanistan for making India work hard for their 50th World Cup win! They gave a real scare to the Men in Blue and won the hearts of everyone with their lion-hearted effort. The Afghans will be disappointed on missing out on a golden opportunity to upset one of the title favourites. But chin up, you have done everyone proud.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman is the new man in. He will face the hat-trick ball from Mohammed Shami.
Aftab Alam is the new man in.
16 needed off 6 balls. Mohammed Shami to bowl it. Nabi will be on strike. Can Afghanistan pull it off?
Massive moment in this match! Mohammad Nabi has been adjudged lbw! The impact appears to be outside the line. He has taken the DRS. Phew, let's wait and watch what the Ball Tracker tells us. IMPACT IS THE ISSUE! Nabi survives.
Mohammed Shami comes on to bowl. He has 2 overs left.
Jasprit Bumrah has change of ends.
Ikram Ali Khil is the new man in.
Yuzvendra Chahal to bowl his final one. Can he get a couple of wickets and get India closer to the win?
Mohammed Shami comes back on. His figures so far are 7-1-25-1.
Jasprit Bumrah is back. His figures so far read 7-1-22-2. Can he finish the game for India?
Yuzvendra Chahal to bowl his final spell. He has 2 overs left. His figures read so far 8-0-25-1.
Rashid Khan is the next man in. He also is no mug with the bat and can cause issues to India. We have seen his strike power but Afghanistan will want him to bat sensibly here, just partner Nabi.
Powerplay 3 time! No more than 5 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the innings end. The equation for an Afghan win is 68 needed in 60 deliveries. India need 5 wickets to remain unbeaten in this tournament. Game on!
Hardik Pandya comes for his final spell. He has 2 overs left.
Mohammed Shami is back on, replacing Yuzvendra Chahal. He was exceptional in his first spell. 4-1-6-1 for his so far.
Najibullah Zadran walks out to bat. He has the reputation of playing big shots. Averages 30 in the ODIs and has a strike rate of 90.6. Today is the time to bring all that into use. Meanwhile, there is a bowling change also as Kuldeep Yadav comes on to bowl again.
Yuzvendra Chahal comes on to bowl. He took a smart catch can he do it with the ball in hand.
Drinks break. The match has completely turned on its head after the double-wicket maiden by Jasprit Bumrah. He removed both the set batsmen in a space of three balls and has brought India back into this match. 115 needed off 114 balls is still gettable but now it's all about handling the pressure. The Indian bowlers are experienced in doing so while Afghanistan haven't encountered such situations much at a big stage like this. Their most experienced batting pair is in the middle and they need to construct a partnership here to get in front.
Pandya pulls out right at the end. He may have missed his run-up.
Mohammad Nabi comes in to bat. The experience and aggression of Nabi would be the key here. And we have a change in bowling too. Hardik Pandya to bowl now.
Asghar Afghan is the next man in. Afghanistan would want that their ex-captain takes them to their first victory in this tournament.
Jasprit Bumrah comes on. His figures so far 4-0-13-0. India are in a desperate need of a breakthrough here. Virat has turned to his trump card. Can he deliver?
Dual appeal there? First the bowler turned to appeal for an lbw and then Dhoni breaks the stumps to appeal for a stumping. India don't have the review to refer the lbw shout but the square leg umpire is going up to check for the stumping appeal.
First slip moves out to short extra cover.
Yuzvendra Chahal comes on. He has a slip in place.
Hashmatullah Shahidi walks out next to bat.
Hardik Pandya is back on. He was poor in his first spell. Needs to do well now.
Drinks break. So far, so good for Afghanistan. They started nervously but the current partnership has settled things down. India are under pressure at the moment. They have pinned all their hopes on their spinners, who have bowled tidily but have failed to provide any breakthrough. 164 needed more off 204 balls. It is all about holding nerves for the Asian minnow. They should know that if they bat out 50 overs, this is their game in all likelihood.
Stumping appeal! MS Dhoni is lightning quick behind the wickets, as usual. He appeals and the square leg umpire refers it upstairs. Rahmat Shah is the batsman in question. Is he safe?
Kuldeep Yadav is brought on to bowl. Kohli would want his Chinaman to take quick wickets.
Powerplay 2 starts! No more than 4 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle till 40th over.
Double bowling change from Virat Kohli. Hardik Pandya replaces Jasprit Bumrah.
Physio comes out. Rahmat Shah is catching some breath. He didn't get hurt there but it could have been nasty. Thanks to his helmet. Meanwhile, here comes the first bowling change from Virat Kohli. It's Yuzvendra Chahal to bowl his leggies. The surface is certainly a good one for the spinners and India will be hoping high from Chahal.
Rahmat Shah walks out to bat at number 3.
India review as an appeal for an LBW has been turned down. Is there an inside edge? Maybe the pitching is an issue. Well, by the first replay, it seems out. Nothing on Ultra Edge. Hawk Eye though shows, it is pitching outside leg.
Jasprit Bumrah to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.
We are back for the chase. The Afghan openers Gulbadin Naib and Hazrat Zazai are out in the middle in pursuit of 225. The Indian team have also taken their positions. Mohammed Shami to start the proceedings for India with the first new ball.