India vs. Afghanistan Match Review – A Complexed Win for India as Dhoni had Troubles

After the dramatic defeat of England by Sri Lanka, India came all geared to crumble Afghanistan and scored the victory by 11 runs.

At once it seemed as Afghanistan batting would take away the game but a deadly attack from India’s Bumrah gave massive damage, getting a hat-trick by the final over to defeat Afghanistan by 11 runs.

Mujeeb, Rashid, and Muhammad Nabi gave India a nose-dive and made a Sri Lanka style comeback playing out the wristspinners of India in a chase of 225. But Bumrah bounced both the batsmen in a double-wicket batsman on slower Hampshire Bowl track.

Afghanistan had 104 for 4 at this point where the asking rate shot above six. Nabi followed the boundary fearlessly. However, Shami and Bumrah ensured that India remains unbeaten in the tournament, and the victory of India was all from the virtues of Shami.

Chahal and Pandya played their hearts out, putting away the chase from Afghanistan to reach. Pandya was swiped away for fours back-to-back in the second over, but he gave outstanding performance in the next over by hitting harder and scaring Afghanistan.

Dhoni’s Trouble

Dhoni was found unable to rotate stroke in the mid overs.

He labored his way to28 off 52. It was typical of him to take deep hoping to make a strong end, but it didn’t happen for the matter of time. In so, it left the team in trouble. Dhoni came in 122 for 3 in the 27th over and soon it became 135 for 4 in 31st over. He shut shop after Kholi’s out.

Afghanistan played the classic spin choke during the entire batting, but on Dhoni especially. The initial 26 balls for him were all from spinners and he merely managed eight runs. The smacked the call for four that he got from a medium pacer.

Out of 52, in fact, only 9 balls were of medium pace for Dhoni. He made 16 off 9 with them and managed only 12 off 43 from the spinners. Dhoni gave in as much as 33 dots.

Afghanistan wasn’t less clever at all in their strategy, having six fielders for Dhoni. His tough hands didn’t give him a chance to rotate as the situation didn’t allow him to attack.

When Dhoni and Pandya fell, Jadhav re-calibrated the attempt for batting out the overs. He made a 66-ball 50 in the last over, however, he holed out off the last ball that gave some hope to Afghanistan. Muhammad Nabi raised it more, but India seemed not to back off and surprised them with their sixth defeat by 11 runs.

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India 224/8 (50.0 ov) R/R: 4.48

KL Rahul

c Hazrat Zazai b Mohammad Nabi

Rohit Sharma

b Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Virat Kohli (C)

c Rahmat Shah b Mohammad Nabi

Vijay Shankar

lbw b Rahmat Shah

MS Dhoni (W)

st Ikram Ali Khil b Rashid Khan

Kedar Jadhav

c sub b Gulbadin Naib

Hardik Pandya

c Ikram Ali Khil b Aftab Alam

Mohammed Shami

b Gulbadin Naib

Kuldeep Yadav

not out

Jasprit Bumrah

not out

Yuzvendra Chahal

Extras: 7

(b – 0, w – 7, no – 0, lb – 0, penalty – 0)

TOTAL: 224/8 (50.0 OV, 4.48 runs per over)

Fall of Wickets:

1-7 (Rohit Sharma, 4.2 ov), 2-64 (KL Rahul, 14.2 ov), 3-122 (Vijay Shankar, 26.1 ov), 4-135 (Virat Kohli, 30.3 ov), 5-192 (MS Dhoni, 44.3 ov), 6-217 (Hardik Pandya, 48.4 ov), 7-222 (Mohammed Shami, 49.3 ov), 8-223 (Kedar Jadhav, 49.5 ov)

Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Aftab Alam
Gulbadin Naib
Mohammad Nabi
Rashid Khan
Rahmat Shah

Afghanistan 213/10 (49.5 ov) R/R: 4.27

Hazrat Zazai

b Mohammed Shami

Gulbadin Naib (C)

c Vijay Shankar b Hardik Pandya

Rahmat Shah

c Yuzvendra Chahal b Jasprit Bumrah

Hashmatullah Shahidi

c & b Jasprit Bumrah

Asghar Afghan

b Yuzvendra Chahal

Mohammad Nabi

c Hardik Pandya b Mohammed Shami

Najibullah Zadran

c Yuzvendra Chahal b Hardik Pandya

Rashid Khan

st MS Dhoni b Yuzvendra Chahal

Ikram Ali Khil (W)

not out

Aftab Alam

b Mohammed Shami

Mujeeb Ur Rahman

b Mohammed Shami


Extras: 17

(b – 4, w – 9, no – 0, lb – 4, penalty – 0)

TOTAL: 213/10 (49.5 OV, 4.27 runs per over)

Fall of Wickets:

1-20 (Hazrat Zazai, 6.3 ov), 2-64 (Gulbadin Naib, 16.5 ov), 3-106 (Rahmat Shah, 28.4 ov), 4-106 (Hashmatullah Shahidi, 29 ov), 5-130 (Asghar Afghan, 35 ov), 6-166 (Najibullah Zadran, 41.3 ov), 7-190 (Rashid Khan, 45.4 ov), 8-213 (Mohammad Nabi, 49.3 ov), 9-213 (Aftab Alam, 49.4 ov), 10-213 (Mujeeb Ur Rahman, 49.5 ov)

Mohammed Shami
Jasprit Bumrah
Yuzvendra Chahal
Hardik Pandya
Kuldeep Yadav

India won by 11 runs

Player Of The Match

Jasprit Bumrah

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