Afghans Make India Almost Bite Dust In Cricket World Cup


New Delhi: Mohammad Shami's last over hat-trick helped India pull off a thrilling 11-run win over Afghanistan in the World Cup clash at Southampton on Saturday. With 16 required off the final over, Shami's first ball was hit for a boundary by Mohammad Nabi, but the pacer then bowled a dot ball and dismissed Nabi, Aftab Alam, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman in successive deliveries to guide India to their fourth victory in the tournament.

Earlier, India's famed middle-order failed miserably in their first test as Afghanistan dished out a superlative bowling effort to restrict the two-time champions to a below-par 224 for eight in their fifth World Cup match here Saturday.

Skipper Virat Kohli (67 off 63 balls) again batted effortlessly before Afghanistan's IPL stars Mohammed Nabi (9-0-33-2), Mujeeb ur Rahman (10-1-26-1) and Rashid Khan (10-0-38-1) put brakes on India's other star batsmen, keeping them under tight leash on a slow track that offered both turn and bounce.

It was a glorious comeback by Afghanistan bowlers, as Indian batsmen played 152 dot balls (equivalent to 25.2 overs). This was after being hit for a record 25 sixes by England in the previous game.

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