IND vs AFG 2023 World Cup Recap of India vs Afghanistan match with scorecard, highlights, and results.

Team India’s second match in the 2023 World Cup took place at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Sunday, October 8. Coming into this match with the momentum of a convincing six-wicket victory over Australia, the Men in Blue were riding high. Afghanistan, on the other hand, had suffered a six-wicket loss to Bangladesh in their opening game of the prestigious ICC event.

The last time these two teams faced off in a World Cup was in 2019, where India emerged victorious by 11 runs. In that game, India batted first, posting a total of 224/8 in their allotted 50 overs. The then-captain Virat Kohli played a crucial role, contributing 67 runs off 63 balls, including five boundaries. Kedar Jadhav also played a vital knock, scoring 52 runs off 68 deliveries, featuring one six and three boundaries. KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, and MS Dhoni contributed with scores of 30 (53), 29 (41), and 28 (52), respectively.

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For Afghanistan, Gulbadin Naib and Mohammad Nabi stood out with the ball, taking two wickets each. Other Afghan bowlers like Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Aftab Alam, Rashid Khan, and Rehmat Shah managed one wicket each.

In response, India successfully defended their total, bowling Afghanistan out for 213 in 49.5 overs. Mohammed Shami was the star with the ball, finishing with figures of 4/40. Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Hardik Pandya all contributed with two wickets each. Mohammad Nabi was the top scorer for Afghanistan, amassing 52 runs off 55 balls, including one six and four boundaries. However, despite some starts from other Afghan batsmen, they fell short of the target.

Fast forward to the 2023 World Cup, and Team India displayed a clinical batting performance in their match against Australia at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Chasing a target of 200, India faced an early setback, losing the top three batsmen – Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, and Shreyas Iyer – for ducks. Mitchell Starc dismissed Kishan, caught behind for a golden duck, while Josh Hazlewood accounted for the wickets of Rohit and Iyer. At this point, India was reeling at 2/3 after just two overs.

However, the partnership of Virat Kohli and KL Rahul turned the game in India’s favor. They forged a remarkable 165-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Kohli scored 85 runs off 116 balls, including six fours, while Rahul remained unbeaten with 97 runs off 115 deliveries, featuring two sixes and eight boundaries. With 8.4 overs to spare, the Men in Blue secured a six-wicket victory.

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Hazlewood was the standout bowler for Australia, ending with figures of 3/38, while Mitchell Starc picked up one wicket. In the first innings, Australia had posted a total of 199 in 49.3 overs. Jasprit Bumrah made an early breakthrough by dismissing Mitchell Marsh for a duck. David Warner and Steve Smith then stitched a crucial 69-run partnership for the second wicket. However, Kuldeep Yadav’s brilliant catch and bowl ended Warner’s innings at 41 off 52 balls. Ravindra Jadeja took three quick wickets, dismissing Smith, Marnus Labuschagne (27 off 41), and Alex Carey (silver duck). This put India in a strong position.

Kuldeep Yadav also got rid of Glenn Maxwell (15 off 25), while Ravichandran Ashwin removed Cameron Green. Pat Cummins contributed 15 off 24 before falling to Bumrah, and Hardik Pandya dismissed Adam Zampa for 6 off 20. Mohammed Siraj took the last wicket by ending Mitchell Starc’s valuable innings of 28 off 35. Jadeja was the star with the ball, returning with figures of 3/28, while Bumrah and Kuldeep claimed two wickets each. Siraj, Pandya, and Ashwin settled for one wicket each.

In contrast, Afghanistan had a tough start to their World Cup campaign, losing to Bangladesh by six wickets. Afghanistan batted first and were bowled out for 156 in 37.2 overs. Rahmanullah Gurbaz (47 off 62) and Ibrahim Zadran (22 off 35) had a promising 47-run opening partnership. However, Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh captain, broke this partnership and quickly dismissed Rahmat Shah (18 off 25). Hashmatullah Shahidi made 18 off 38 but was dismissed by Mehidy Hasan Miraz. Mustafizur Rahman ended Gurbaz’s resistance, and Afghanistan was left at 112/4. Shakib and Taskin Ahmed then sent Najibullah Zadran (5 off 13) and Mohammad Nabi (6 off 12) back to the pavilion.

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Azmatuallah Omarzai scored a brisk 22 off 20 but was dismissed by Shortiul Islam. Miraz claimed the wickets of Rashid Khan (9 off 16) and Mujeeb U Rahman (1 off 4), while Shoriful Islam removed Naveen-ul-Haq for a duck, concluding Afghanistan’s innings. Shakib and Miraz were the top performers with the ball, both taking three wickets. Shoriful took two wickets, and Taskin and Mustafizur claimed one each.

In response, Bangladesh lost two quick wickets, with Najibullah Zadran running out Tanzid Hasan (5 off 13) and Fazalhaq Farooqi dismissing Litton Das (13 off 18) early. Mehidy Hasan Miraz (57 off 73) and Najmul Hossain Shanto (59 off 83) formed a crucial 97-run partnership to put Bangladesh in a commanding position. Naveen-ul-Haq dismissed Miraz, while Azmatullah Omarzai ended Shakib’s innings at 14 off 19. In the end, Bangladesh secured a six-wicket win with 15.2 overs to spare.

In conclusion, India and Afghanistan have had contrasting starts to their 2023 World Cup campaigns, with India winning their second match and Afghanistan facing a loss in their opener. The World Cup continues to be a stage for thrilling cricket action and unexpected twists.


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