The champions of the World Cup India easily beat Afghanistan by eight wickets on Wednesday, thanks to captain Rohit Sharma’s explosive century, which was one of the best knocks in the history of the game. It was India’s second straight win in the event.
World Cup 2023: Rohit hammers Afghanistan as India wins second straight
The champions of the World Cup India easily beat Afghanistan by eight wickets on Wednesday, thanks to captain Rohit Sharma’s fiery hundred. It was their second straight win in the event. Indian cricket team beat a goal of 273 runs with 15 overs to spare at the Arun Jaitley Stadium thanks to Rohit’s 131 off 84 balls, which included five sixes and 16 fours.
Virat Kohli scored 55 runs without being out and sealed the easy win with a boundary. The event hosts stayed in great shape ahead of their highly-anticipated match against arch-rivals Pakistan on Saturday in Ahmedabad. Afghanistan chose to bat first and was 63-3 in the 14th over. However, while working together, captain Hashmatullah Shahidi (80) and Azmatullah Omarzai (62) put up a 121-run stand that made India lose the game.
It looked like Afghanistan could reach a score of around 300, but they lost a lot of wickets near the end and had to settle for a score that wasn’t good enough against India’s strong batting team.
“That was a good pitch to hit.” “After getting the player-of-the-match award, I told myself I could play my natural game,” Rohit said.
“It’s my job to help the team get off to the best possible start.” I love doing it and have for a while now.
“It doesn’t always come off but need to keep the mindset positive.”
India had to wait until the seventh over to make a breakthrough after Hashmatullah chose to bat at a place where there was a 754-run battle on Saturday. Ibrahim Zadran was caught behind for 22 by Jasprit Bumrah (4-39), which was the first run scored.
Mohammed Siraj gave out a few free balls, but Bumrah stopped the Afghan hitters in their tracks during his perfect first spell, which ended with a score of 4-0-9-1. After Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Rahmat Shah were out, Hashmatullah and Omarzai put together a 121-run team to stop their decline and make India mad.
Hardik Pandya hit Omarzai’s off-stump
Hardik Pandya hit Omarzai’s off-stump, and Kuldeep Yadav got rid of Hashmatullah. This caused a mini-collapse, which stopped the Afghans from making a late run that could have put them close to 300. In the last World Cup, which was held in England and Wales four years ago, Rohit became the first batter to hit five hundreds in a single competition.
The beautiful right-hander led India’s chase with his stunning strokeplay, showing that he hadn’t lost his hunger. Rohit stepped out to hit the left-arm quick over the long-off rope and smash back-to-back fours in the same over to set the tone for their chase. Fazalhaq Farooqi took the most damage.
Rashid Khan was Afghanistan’s best chance of stopping Rohit, but he wasn’t brought in until the 15th over, when India was already on 125 for no loss. Rohit got to 100 quickly by getting a single off of Mohammad Nabi. But Rashid got Ishan Kishan (47) in his third over to end the 156-run opening stand.
Rashid was looked down upon by Rohit, who hit him for back-to-back fours and then a six, but the spinner got back at him in the end. Rashid got Rashit’s stumps when he tried to slog-sweep, but Kohli stayed put and led India to victory.