India has survived the big scare. They’ve done it by dint of their winning instincts kicking in. They know how to win, how to close games off. Afghanistan, on the other hand, had not looked like getting close to a win in this tournament before today. And they chose this occasion, against their adopted home, to show what they’re made of. It was the 27th match of ICC CWC 2019.
27th Match ICC CWC 2019: India Survived The Big Scare Of Afghanistan
Afghani spinners found their mojo back on a sluggish pitch, sucking the power out of an Indian batting lineup that huffed and puffed to 224. Then, for large parts of the run-chase, many of their batsmen showed composure to build partnerships and take it deep.
It set the stage for a thrilling finish where Mohammad Nabi’s heroic efforts were trumped by a stunning display of death bowling from Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami, nailing yorker after yorker under pressure. India has survived a big scare and looking at their celebrations, they know it too.
It’s probably the conditions which haven’t suited their style of play. But when they’re favorable, as they were today, they can compete with anyone in the world. Anyway, India remains unbeaten and are not far from sealing a place in the semis, while Afghanistan is officially out.
Hat tricks in World Cups
Chetan Sharma v NZ 1987, Saqlain Mushtaq v Zim 1999, C Vaas v Ban 2003, Brett Lee v Ken 2003, L Malinga v SA 2007, K Roach v Net 2011, L Malinga v Ken 2011, S Finn v Aus 2015, JP Duminy v SL 2015, SHAMI v Afg 2019.
Jasprit Bumrah, Man of the Match: That gives you a lot of confidence if the captain has so much of trust in you, that gives you a lot of confidence to trust yourself and clear my head in terms of how I want to execute. We saw that wicket was getting slower and slower with the older ball, you need to be more accurate and bowl stump to stump.
Virat Kohli | India captain: It’s (the win) right up there to be honest. We have been playing some good cricket and you expect yourself to win the toss and put big runs on the board and then you see the pitch being slow with three quality spinners in the opposition, I felt 270 should have been ideal and thought 250 would have been par. A team like Afghanistan who has a lot of talent doesn’t let you play the way you want to play. Everyone had a collective belief that we can win this one.
Gulbadin Naib | Afghanistan captain: We played really well in the first innings. The bowlers bowled really well. We know India has a strong batting line-up. Bumrah was superb at the death – in the last two, three overs. Spinners bowled according to the plan. Rashid, Mujeeb, Rahmat. Everyone bowled well. In the end, it was a good game.
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