India beat Afghanistan by 8 wickets. Wednesday’s World Cup match between India and Afghanistan resulted in an eight-wicket victory for India. This victory extended India’s winning streak. Rohit Sharma led the charge in pursuit of 273 runs with a spectacular 131 off 84 balls, breaking the record for most centuries in World Cup annals. Alongside him, Ishan Kishan contributed 47 runs, while Virat Kohli remained unbeaten with 55 runs, and Shreyas Iyer contributed 25 runs not out as India won in just 35 overs.
India beat Afghanistan by 8 wickets | World Cup 2023
The 156-run opening partnership between Rohit and Ishan established the groundwork for India’s successful pursuit. During this match, Rohit Sharma also struck the 554th six of his career, surpassing Chris Gayle of the West Indies. He surpassed the 1,000-run mark in World Cup matches and reached his half-century in just 30 deliveries. Jasprit Bumrah took four wickets, Hardik Pandya two wickets, Kuldeep Yadav and Shardul Thakur each claimed one wicket and India’s bowlers performed admirably to restrict Afghanistan to 272/8 after 50 overs. Hashmatullah Shahidi (80) and Azmatullah Omarzai contributed admirably to Afghanistan’s tally by playing admirably.
During the match, Hashmatullah Shahidi and Azmatullah Omarzai formed a solid partnership, stabilizing Afghanistan’s innings. India’s bowlers, headed by Hardik Pandya and Shardul Thakur, took crucial wickets and regained control of the match. Afghanistan’s openers, Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran, got off to a solid start, but Jasprit Bumrah’s dismissal of Ibrahim Zadran gave India their first breakthrough.
This was India’s second encounter in the ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 2023, which took place at the Arun Jaitley International Stadium in Delhi. Due to a severe dengue fever, talented juvenile cricketer Shubman Gill could not play for India. In Chennai, India began the tournament with a resounding victory over the five-time champions Australia. Although India’s top-order batsmen were dismissed cheaply, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli’s remarkable innings led the team to a memorable six-wicket victory from a precarious 2/3 position. Conversely, Afghanistan had a difficult start to the ODI cricket World Cup, losing to Bangladesh by six wickets in their opening match at the HPCA stadium in Dharamsala.
As India, led by Rohit Sharma, strives to maintain its winning streak and maintain its position at the summit of the points table, it eagerly anticipates its match against Pakistan. Afghanistan hopes to make a statement by defeating the two-time world champions in their capital city.