India bowlers helped the previous bosses seal 2 points in a last-over spine chiller against Afghanistan at ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Saturday.
Selecting to bat first, India oversaw just 224 of every 50 overs as Afghanistan spinners put the brakes on the scoring rate on a lazy Rose Bowl contribute Southampton. Holding their nerves, the India bowlers, driven by Mohammed Shami shot Afghanistan out for 213 and helped India endure an enormous alarm.
Mohammed Shami was the superstar for India in Southampton as he picked up a hat-trick in the last over. Shami, who was playing his first World Cup 2019 match on Saturday subsequent to supplanting a harmed Bhuvneshwar Kumar, got 3 wickets, including that of half-centurion Mohammad Nabi, in the last over wherein Afghanistan required 16 runs.
Shami hit the timber twice in the last over, sending Indian fans at The Rose Bowl into a tantrum. The Bengal pacer completed with figures of 4 for 40 in 9.5 overs as he joined with pace bowling accomplice Jasprit Bumrah as India displayed their bowling capability with a solid show vs Afghanistan.
“It is a very good feeling. Taking a hat-trick is a big thing and doing it at the World Cup stage is even better,” Shami told bcci.tv after the match-winning spell.
Shami included: “There were 16 runs to safeguard in the final over. I thought it was sufficient for me. Afghanistan required 21-22 (21) from the last 2 overs.
Shami likewise said he trusted Bumrah to make his activity simpler by being stingy in the penultimate over. Bumrah, who had turned things around by expelling admirably set Hashmatullah Shahidi and Rahmat Shah in the 29th over gave away only 5 runs when Afghanistan required 21 keeps running in the last 2 overs.
“I confided in you that you won’t give away a great deal [in the 49th over]. From inside, I accepted 16 runs was sufficient for me. I got the chance to execute my arrangements. On the off chance that it had been anything short of that, at that point I would have thought that it was hard to execute plans,” Shami included.
“Enjoyed my bowling with Jasprit Bumrah at the other end. We started well. We gave away a bit of run in the middle overs. But I had the belief we would pull things back in the last 10 overs.”