Asia Cup 2022: All-round India crush Afghanistan by 101 runs, Bhuvneshwar takes five-wicket haul

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Asia Cup 2022: All-round India crush Afghanistan by 101 runs, Bhuvneshwar takes five-wicket haul
Asia Cup 2022: All-round India crush Afghanistan by 101 runs, Bhuvneshwar takes five-wicket haul

Asia Cup 2022: All-round India crush Afghanistan by 101 runs, Bhuvneshwar takes five-wicket haul

Asia Cup 2022: A century by Virat Kohli and a five-wicket haul by pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar helped Team India crush Afghanistan by 101 runs in their Super Four clash at Asia Cup 2022 and end their campaign on a winning note.

For Indian supporters, this match will be incredibly memorable. Virat scored his eagerly anticipated 71st century with the bat, while the Men in Blue dominated the bowling owing to a standout performance by Bhuveshwar Kumar, who claimed five wickets for just four runs. Afghanistan’s attempt to chase down 213 runs got off to a disastrous start as pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Hazratullah Zazai for ducks in the first over alone.

The next player on the crease, Ibrahim Zadran, made an effort to keep one end steady. However, Kumar’s next victims were Karim Janat (2) and Najibullah Zadran (0), and skipper Mohammad Nabi was trapped lbw by Arshdeep Singh.

At 21/5 after six overs, Afghanistan was in serious trouble. The next victim of Kumar’s five-wicket haul was Azmatullah Omarzai. He finished with the best bowling figures of his career, taking five wickets for four runs in four overs, one of which was a maiden. Dinesh Karthik made an amazing grab at the covers.

After 10 overs, Afghanistan had a score of 34/6 thanks to Rashid Khan (4*) and Ibrahim Zadran (20*).

Ibrahim and Rashid Khan teamed up to help their squad pass the 50-run threshold. Rashid was caught by Axar Patel at deep midwicket and dismissed by Deepak Hooda for just 15 runs. Therefore, this 33-run stand ended with Afghanistan at 54/7.

Afghanistan had Mujeeb (3*) and Ibrahim (35*) at 63/7 after 15 over.

The next man up, Mujeeb ur Rahman, began putting together a stand with Ibrahim. However, it was insufficient because the run rate kept increasing to an impossible level.

When Mujeeb was at 18, spinner Ravichandran Ashwin struck for Team India and gave them their eight-wicket haul by removing Mujeeb’s stumps. Afghanistan was at 87/8 and had not quite reached the 100-run threshold. Mujeeb and Zadran’s 33-run stand was broken.

The next player to the crease was Fareed Malik. Also he and Zadran enabled Afghanistan to end their innings at 111/8 without taking any more hits. Zadran reached his fifty-first run and added an undefeated 64* off 59 balls.

With a 5/4, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was India’s best bowler. Aswhin, Arshdeep, and Hooda each scored one, and India won their final match by 101 runs.

At the ongoing Asia Cup 2022, India’s star batsman Virat Kohli hit his much awaited 71st international century on Thursday, also leading India to a commanding 212/2 in their 20 overs against Afghanistan.

Afghanistan put Team India to bat first, also openers KL Rahul and Virat Kohli made a strong start. The duo’s dashing between the wickets was excellent as usual. In the third over, openers truly started to swing, as Virat smashed bowler Fazalhaq Farooqi for two fours.

After that, KL and Virat gorged themselves on Afghan bowlers. In the sixth over, Virat Kohli, who had a sharp appearance, struck spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman for two fours and a six.

India was 52/0 after six overs and the powerplay, with Virat (25*) and also Rahul (26*) both remaining undefeated.

Even after the powerplay, Virat and KL maintained their dominance over Afghanistan. The two maintained a strong pace for the scoreboard. India had 87/0 after 10 overs thanks to Rahul’s (42*) and also Virat’s (44*) contributions.

With a single, Virat reached his 33rd half-century in the format. With a four in 11.2 overs, KL Rahul assisted the team in reaching the 100-run milestone. He then added another four to his fifty-run total on the following ball.

Medium-pacer In the 13th over, Fareed Malik broke the pair’s 119-run partnership by removing Rahul for 62 off 41 balls after the batter caught by Najibullah Zadran at long-on.

The following batsman, Suryakumar Yadav, launched his innings with a six on the opening delivery, but Fareed quickly claimed his wicket.

On the crease, Rishabh Pant was standing. Along with Virat, he kept the scoreboard ticking and led India into the final five without suffering any further loss. India had 134/2 at the conclusion of 15 overs thanks to Pant (6*) and Virat (59*).

Virat and Pant persisted in their onslaught on the Afghan bowlers. Virat was the one who attacked and also ruthlessly hit the boundaries.

Pant-Virat brought up their 50-run stand with two overs remaining. Moreover, Virat started living in the 90s. Finally, he scored his first century in T20Is and his eagerly awaited 71st international century.

With the contributions of Virat Kohli (122*) and Rishabh Pant (20*), India’s innings was over at 212/2. Afghanistan received 2/57 from Fareed Malik.