Venue changed, fortunes changed and team India’s style of playing changed. When the style of play changed, the result of the match also changed and Team India registered a big win of 66 runs against Afghanistan at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. This victory is not as big as the Indian team wanted. But India still have two matches left where they can improve their net run rate. India also made improvements in its strategy against Afghanistan on 3 November. Rohit Sharma again came to open the innings and together with Rahul gave a dream start to Team India. Team India scored 53 runs in the power play. India’s 100 runs came in the 12th over. When the team’s score was 140 runs, then Rohit Sharma was dismissed as the first wicket after scoring 74 runs in 47 balls. After a while, Rahul returned to the pavilion after scoring 69 off 48 balls at the score of 147. After this, promoted Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya played a scintillating innings and on seeing Team India crossed the score of 200. In the allotted 20 overs, India made a mammoth score of 210 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. All the batsmen who came to the crease in the Indian innings batted ‘Patakha’ on the occasion of Choti Diwali. It was as if you were setting off fireworks.
Chasing the mammoth target of 211 runs was not easy. It was a challenge to score runs quickly and in the same sequence, Afghanistan lost 2 wickets for 13 runs. Even after this, Afghanistan’s batsmen tried their best. But wickets kept falling at frequent intervals. Ultimately, despite all the efforts, the Afghanistan team could only put 144 runs on the score board for 7 wickets in 20 overs. India won the match by 66 runs. Ashwin played in T20 after a long time and played well. He took 2 wickets for just 14 runs in his 4 overs. Rohit Sharma was adjudged man of the match. It is a matter of relief that this win has kept alive the Indian hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup.
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