Twitter Reactions: India survive almighty Afghan challenge in Southampton
Mohammed Shami pulled out a hat-trick in the last over of the encounter to seal the game.
Updated - Nov 26, 2019 6:17 pm
Very few would’ve given Afghanistan a chance to make India sweat in their match at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. Defying all the odds, Gulbadin Naib’s men came out all guns blazing. The match went down to the last over where the Afghans needed to score 16 with Mohammad Nabi in the middle. But, eventually, the Men in Blue won the match of nerves and got home in the heart-racer by 11 runs.
After electing to bat first, India were expected to put on a show, but the Afghans had other ideas. On a sluggish deck, the slower bowlers kept them well in check and the Men in Blue could only manage 224 in their 50 overs. A lot of weight was on Rohit Sharma but he was castled by Mujeeb Ur Rahman in the fifth over. KL Rahul and Virat Kohli put their heads down for a 57-run stand. Rahul got a start, having scored 30 and an ugly reverse sweep of Mohammad Nabi led to his dismissal.
Kohli looked fluent for his 67 with five fours but he became Nabi’s second victim. MS Dhoni buckled down and churned out 28 hard-fought runs, however, Rashid Khan got his number to leave India exposed. Part-time leg-spinner Rahmat Shah also chipped in with the wicket of Vijay Shankar for 29. Nevertheless, it was because of Kedar Jadhav’s 68-ball 52 that helped India post the competitive score.
Mohammad Nabi almost does it
At the start, Hazratullah Zazai survived an LBW scare, but Mohammed Shami castled him to pick up the first Afghan wicket. Gulbadin Naib threatened with his 27 runs, but Hardik Pandya got the dangerman. Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi didn’t give up and got the scoreboard moving. The 29th over turned out to be crucial in the context of the game, as Jasprit Bumrah dismissed both Shah (36) and Shahidi (21) to bring India back in the game that was fast running away.
Asghar Afghan perished in the quest to up the ante as well. With the required rate over six, Najibullah Zadran tried hard, but he fell prey to Pandya. The onus was thereafter on Nabi to soak in the pressure and get the Afghans through to glory.
The veteran scored a masterful fifty and didn’t throw in the towel. Shami removed him for 52 and virtually sealed the fate of the match. Shami thereafter dismissed Aftab Alam and Mujeeb Ur Rahman to become the second after Chetan Sharma with a hat-trick in the World Cup.
Here is how Twitter reacted to India’s thrilling win:
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 22, 2019
— Suresh Raina???????? (@ImRaina) June 22, 2019
Give the cup to India already perhaps?? What a champion side .. what a win this …. #IndvAfg
— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) June 22, 2019
— Innocent Bystander (@InnoBystander) June 22, 2019
Well played Afghanistan ???????? Lost a game but won a lot of admirers !! Did your country proud
— Nasser Hussain (@nassercricket) June 22, 2019
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) June 22, 2019
— Salman Butt (@im_SalmanButt) June 22, 2019
The bowling has come to the rescue of #TeamIndia but this is a wake up call for our team.
Our batsmen need to have better shot selection and I want to know the exact role of @vijayshankar260?
Has given away runs of his fielding and also hasn’t bowled today.#INDvAFG #CWC19
— VINOD KAMBLI (@vinodkambli349) June 22, 2019
What a game. Hats off to @ACBofficials for their tremendous courage and skills in giving India a run for their money. Fantastic effort from @MohammadNabi007 but India holding their nerves in the end. #INDvAFG
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) June 22, 2019
— Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) June 22, 2019
A Christian praying, A Muslim taking a Hatrick, A hindu congratulating, A Sikh going bonkers in the crowd. This is India. Cricket unites us.
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) June 22, 2019
[First Ball full-toss by Shami]
Ramiz: Ugh. This is the difference between a Bumrah and a Shami
[After Hat-trick by Shami]
Ramiz: Fantastic, Magical, Brilliant.
— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) June 22, 2019
Hat-tricks in World Cup:
Chetan Sharma, 1987
Saqlain Mushtaq, 1999
Chaminda Vaas, 2003
Brett Lee, 2003
Lasith Malinga, 2007 (4 in 4)
Kemar Roach, 2011
Lasith Malinga, 2011
Steven Finn, 2015
JP Duminy, 2015
MOHAMMAD SHAMI, 2019
Mohammad Shami and Chetan Sharma only Indians!
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) June 22, 2019
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) June 22, 2019
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) June 22, 2019
ODI hat tricks for India:
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) June 22, 2019
“Who would have thought India Vs Afghanistan will be more interesting than India Vs Pakistan!”
— Abdul Ghaffar (@GhaffarDawnNews) June 22, 2019
Bumrah still the jewel…. Produced the breakthrough in the 29th, bowled a calm 49th.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 22, 2019
Well played Afghanistan! Finishing ki class le lo Dhoni se! #INDvAFG
— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) June 22, 2019
Shami hat-trick! India win! ????
— ICC (@ICC) June 22, 2019
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) June 22, 2019
Outstanding death bowling by india @yuzi_chahal @Jaspritbumrah93 kept his cool in the last over @MdShami11 many congratulations on your hatrick ???????????????????????? @imVkohli well played well led ????????
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) June 22, 2019
Looked like Sanjay Manjrekar really really wanted Afghanistan to win today. But @MdShami11 ‘s incredible HATTRICK & @Jaspritbumrah93 ‘s Yorkers came in way. Well played Afghanistan. And well done #TeamIndia ????????#INDvAFG #CWC19
— Saiyami Kher (@SaiyamiKher) June 22, 2019
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) June 22, 2019
ICC World Cup ????Extraordinary play by Afghanistan. The best fight against India ????????. Tough luck!!!
— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) June 22, 2019
— Krishna (@Atheist_Krishna) June 22, 2019
It may take time but eventually though, the better team wins.
— Harsha Bhogle #ExceptOfcourse (@TweetsOfBhogle) June 22, 2019
(Last 9 ODI Outside Home)
— ☹ (@Marvellous_Capt) June 22, 2019
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) June 22, 2019
It was a clinically efficient bowling performance that saved their blushes, but India, as it was known, have a problem with their middle order. 54 off the last overs would have cost them the match against stronger sides
— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) June 22, 2019
— AlisonMitchell (@AlisonMitchell) June 22, 2019