In today’s match, Virat Kohli (122 not out: 61 balls 12×4, 6×6) scored an unbeaten century as India lost the toss and batted first to score 212 for 2. Along with Kohli, KL Rahul (62: 6×4, 2×6 off 41 balls) scored a half-century in the match. Among the Afghanistan bowlers, Parid Ahmed took two wickets.
Chasing a target of 213 runs, Bhuvneshwar Kumar pushed the Afghanistan team into self-defense early on. The team’s openers Hazratullah (0) and Rahmanullah (0) were ducked due to a blow. After that Karim Janat (2), Najeebullah Zadran (0) and Azmatullah (1) could not stand in front of Bhuvneshwar’s swing. Backing him up, Arshadeep Singh also dismissed Mohammad Nabi (7) as the Afghan team was 21/6 at the end of 6.5 overs. But despite wickets falling at one end, Ibrahim Zadran (64 not out: 4×4, 2×6 in 59 balls) persevered and stood at the crease till the end. He was finally supported by Rashid Khan (15) and Mujeeb ur Rehman (18). In the end, the Afghan team was limited to 111/8. Among the Indian bowlers, Bhuvneshwar Kumar registered a career-best performance of 5/4. Arshadeep Singh, Ashwin and Deepak Hooda each took wickets.