India fire on all cylinders to blitz past Afghanistan

Brief scorecard: India 210/2 (Rohit Sharma 74, KL Rahul 69, Hardik Pandya 35*, Rishabh Pant 27*; Karim Janat 1/7) beat Afghanistan 144/7 (Karim Janat 42*, Mohammad Nabi 35; Mohammed Shami 3/32, Ravichandran Ashwin 2/14) by 66 runs

Statistical highlights of India vs Afghanistan T20 World Cup 2021 – Super 12 match

  • India registered their first win and the first points of T20 World Cup 2021 as they beat Afghanistan by a margin of 66 runs to stay alive in the hunt for a semi-final spot.
  • Put in to bat by Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi, India posted 210 for two—the highest total in this edition of the T20 World Cup so far—and defended it comfortably as Mohammed Shami posted the best bowling figures for India (4-0-32-3).
  • The victory was India’s 93rd victory in T20Is and their third straight win over Afghanistan.
  • Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul provided the foundation for India’s win with a record 140-run partnership for the first wicket after being reunited at the top of the order. It is now India’s highest opening partnership in T20 World Cups, bettering the 136-run stand between Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir against England in the inaugural edition in South Africa. It was also the fourth century stand between Rohit and Rahul.
  • Rohit top-scored for India with a 47-ball 74, his 23rd T20I half-century, puntuated by eight fours and three sixes. Rahul played equally stroke-filled knock of 69 off 48 balls, his 13th fifty in T20Is, studded with six fours and two sixes.
  • Rishabh Pant (13-ball 27) and Hardik Pandya (13-ball 35) helped India finish with a flourish with their unbroken 63-run third-wicket partnership to propel India past 200.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin played his first T20 International since 2017 and, with an assortment of offspin and carom balls, record impressive figures of 4-0-14-2 as he dismissed Gulbadin Naib and Najibullah Zadran.
  • The victory was India’s 28th in 48 T20Is under Virat Kohli’s captaincy.

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