The Guardian – Mohammed Shami claimed a hat-trick to secure victory as India pipped Afghanistan by 11 runs in a thrilling low-scoring group match in the Cricket World Cup on Saturday.

Summary

  • Mohammed Shami claimed a hat-trick to secure victory as India pipped Afghanistan by 11 runs in a thrilling low-scoring group match in the Cricket World Cup on Saturday.
  • Opting to bat after winning the toss, India struggled on a slow pitch and crawled to 224 for eight with Virat Kohli (67) and Kedar Jadhav (52) managing half-centuries against a disciplined Afghan attack.
  • Captain Gulbadin Naib (two for 51) and spinner Mohammad Nabi (two for 33) shared four wickets between them as India posted their lowest total of the tournament.
  • Afghanistan’s batsmen, however, could not complement the effort of their bowlers and were all out for 213 to slump their sixth defeat in six matches.
  • Nabi top-scored for them with 52 before Shami claimed the last three wickets with successive deliveries in the final over to seal India’s fourth victory of the tournament.


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