Team India on their way home with a consolation win

Players of India and Afghanistan (Image: ESPN)

Virat Kohli set the stage. After 1020 days of regret, he made a century and said that it is not over yet. India got a capital of 212 runs. After that, Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s great bowling defeated the Afghans by 101 runs. They did not leave the Super Four of the Asia Cup empty-handed.

Toss is playing an important role in this year’s Asia Cup. At the end of the bat, no team except Hong Kong lost! So batting first means losing outright, a game of poker that works well in the minds of teams, as evidenced by the decisions made after winning the toss. All the teams except Bangladesh have won the toss and decided to bowl, taking advantage of the dew falling on the field in the last over.

India’s acting captain Lokesh Rahul lost the toss today. Got to bat. Although Rahul said, if he won the toss, he also wanted to bat, because he could challenge himself!

In the absence of regular captain Rohit Sharma, he had to take Kohli in the opener. The duo did not do a bad job by picking up 119 runs in 12.4 overs. However, when Suryakumar Yadav departed one ball after Rahul’s departure by scoring 62 runs, there was a faint fear in the India camp.

Kohli dismissed the fear. Kohli touched 50 in 32 balls and touched the next 50 in 21 balls. After 1020 days, the former Indian captain got a relief century. His feat did not end there, he survived till the end with 122 runs in 61 balls. India got a huge capital of 212 runs.

Afghanistan fell under Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s cannon to answer. In the first over he returned Hazratullah Jazai and Rahmanullah Gurbaz, in the next over he made Karim Janat and Najibullah Zadran victims. The defeat of Afghans was confirmed after three overs with 4 wickets for 9 runs. In the last over of the Powerplay, Arshdeep Singh sent back Afghan captain Mohammad Nabi. Coming into the attack in the last over of his quota, Bhuvneshwar picked up Azmatullah Umarzai. After picking up 6 wickets for 21 runs, the Afghans were in danger of going down to double figures.

It didn’t end with Ibrahim Zadran’s welfare. Keeping one side in front, he picked up a fifty, and ended up unbeaten on 64 runs, accompanied by Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman. With that, the innings of the Afghans reached three figures. In the end, the team lost 8 wickets and stopped at 111 runs. India won by 101 runs and left the Asia Cup with their heads held high.


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