India beat Afghanistan by 101 runs in yesterday’s Tremendous 4 match of the Asia Cup 2022 on the Dubai Worldwide Cricket Stadium. Despatched into bat after dropping the toss, the Males in Blue put up an imposing 212 for two as Virat Kohli broke his century drought. Chasing the huge complete, Afghanistan crawled to 111 for 8 as pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar registered unbelievable figures of 5 for 4.
With India having been knocked out of the Asia Cup, skipper Rohit Sharma determined to relaxation himself. KL Rahul took over as captain for the sport, whereas Kohli opened the innings with him. The brand new opening pair placed on an excellent stand, including 119 runs. Whereas Kohli smashed 122* off solely 61 balls, Rahul notched up a much-needed 62 off 41 deliveries.
The openers acquired into the groove by hitting one 4 every off Fazalhaq Farooq within the third over. They didn’t look again after that. Within the final over of the powerplay, Kohli clubbed Mujeeb Ur Rahman for 2 fours and a six as India crossed the 50-run mark. He reached his fifty off 32 balls with a single off Azmatullah Omarzai to finish the eleventh over. Within the subsequent over, Rahul too reached his half-century with consecutive fours off Mohammad Nabi.
Rahul got here up with a flick-pull off Fareed Ahmad that went for six. There was some respite for Afghanistan as Rahul top-edged the subsequent ball, a cross-seam supply to long-on. Suryakumar Yadav got here in and flicked the primary ball he confronted for six. Nonetheless, he was out very subsequent ball, bottom-edging Fareed onto his stumps.
On the different finish, the Kohli present carried on. Within the sixteenth over, the assured batter launched Rashid Khan for a most over extensive long-on. He saved discovering the boundaries at will to race to 90 with two overs to go. In wanted solely two deliveries for Kohli to go from 90 to 100, his first three-figure rating since November 2019.
After smashing the primary ball from Fareed between long-off and long-on for 4, he pulled the subsequent one over deep midwicket for a most. There have been no offended celebrations although. He introduced out a large smile, appeared up on the skies and kissed his marriage ceremony ring. May this be the start of Kohli 2.0?
The makeshift opener’s celebrations continued within the final over as he spanked the primary three deliveries from Farooqi for six,6,4.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s 5 for 4 stuns Afghanistan
At the same time as Afghanistan have been reeling from the Kohli pounding, Bhuvneshwar gave them no time to get better, registering sensational figures of 5 for 4. Ibrahim Zadran (64* off 59) fought a lone battle for Afghanistan, guaranteeing they at the very least crossed the 100-run mark.
Bhuvneshwar acquired India off to a spectacular begin, dismissing each Afghanistan openers within the first over. He first trapped Hazratullah Zazai lbw for a duck with a full supply that straightened after pitching on center and leg. He then bowled Rahmanullah Gurbaz (0) by way of the gate with size ball.
The Indian pacer, who was underneath hearth for his beneath par performances within the match, picked up two extra scalps in his second over as properly to cut back the batting facet to 9 for 4. Karim Janat (2) edged an outswinger to Kohli at slip, whereas Najibullah Zadran (0) was trapped lifeless in entrance of the stumps with an inswinger.
Afghanistan misplaced half their facet for 20 when Arshdeep Singh had Mohammad Nabi lbw for 7. Bhuvneshwar then accomplished a memorable five-wicket haul with a knuckle ball that Azmatullah Omarzai (1) chipped to cowl. Ibrahim and Rashid managed to hit a number of boundaries earlier than the latter fell to Deepak Hooda for 15, giving a catch to deep midwicket.
Mujeeb (18) additionally got here in and hit two fours and a six earlier than he was undone by Ravichandran Ashwin’s carom ball. India determined to offer the final over to Dinesh Karthik. Ibrahim helped himself to 2 straightforward sixes, reaching his fifty in addition to taking his facet previous 100.
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Kohli performed an distinctive knock to take India to an imposing complete after they batted first. Stand-in captain Rahul contributed a formidable half-century. With the ball, Bhuvneshwar blew Afghanistan away together with his five-fer.
For Afghanistan, Ibrahim’s defiant 64* was the one efficiency of observe.
Whereas Bhuvneshwar was a real contender for the Participant of the Match, Kohli gained it for his elegant century.