Rohit Sharma's Record-Breaking Century Flattens Afghanistan: A Masterclass Performance

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Rohit Sharma’s Record-Breaking Century Flattens Afghanistan: A Masterclass Performance

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Captain Rohit Sharma made history on Wednesday by securing his seventh World Cup century, surpassing cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. His remarkable performance led India to a resounding eight-wicket victory over Afghanistan. The hosts, chasing a target of 273 in New Delhi, rode on Rohit’s exceptional knock of 131, achieving their goal in just 35 overs, marking their second consecutive win in the 50-over showpiece event.

Rohit Sharma’s blazing century, accomplished in just 63 balls, sent the packed stadium into a frenzy as he eclipsed Tendulkar’s record of six centuries in World Cup matches. Notably, Rohit’s century was the fastest by an Indian in a World Cup, outpacing Kapil Dev’s 72-ball hundred against Zimbabwe in 1983. His powerful batting display allowed him to amass 1,000 runs in World Cup matches and even surpass Chris Gayle’s record of 553 sixes across all formats. Rohit hammered 16 fours and five sixes in his 84-ball innings before being bowled by leg-spinner Rashid Khan.

Rohit’s opening partnership with the left-handed Ishan Kishan, who contributed 47 runs, further solidified India’s dominance after a commendable bowling performance on a pitch favorable to batsmen. Superstar cricketer Virat Kohli, hailing from Delhi, took over the reins and guided India to victory with an unbeaten 55, culminating the match with a boundary.

Afghanistan, after opting to bat, posted a competitive total of 272-8 on a ground that had recently witnessed a World Cup record of 754 runs in the previous match when South Africa posted 428 and defeated Sri Lanka.

India’s pace spearhead, Jasprit Bumrah, was the standout performer with his best-ever World Cup bowling figures of 4-39. Afghanistan struggled early, slipping to 63-3, but skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi (80) and Azmatullah Omarzai (62) combined for a 121-run partnership that revived their innings.

Jasprit Bumrah claimed the crucial wicket of Ibrahim Zadran for 22, celebrating with a pointed gesture to his temple. Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Rahmat Shah also fell in quick succession, with Hardik Pandya and Shardul Thakur providing the breakthroughs.

Shahidi and Omarzai then showcased their resilience, putting together a century stand and forcing Rohit Sharma to rotate his bowlers. Omarzai achieved his second ODI fifty and Shahidi reached his half-century with aggressive strokes, including a six.

Omarzai, who struck two fours and four sixes in his 69-ball innings, continued to attack but was eventually bowled by Pandya. Shahidi maintained the pressure with consistent boundaries but was dismissed lbw by Kuldeep Yadav while attempting a reverse sweep.

Jasprit Bumrah continued to trouble the Afghan batsmen, picking up crucial wickets, including Rashid Khan. Despite their valiant efforts, Afghanistan was unable to make a substantial impact on a high-scoring wicket.

Afghanistan had previously suffered a loss to Bangladesh, while India, considered tournament favorites, began their campaign with a victory over five-time champions Australia.

Reference

https://www.thedailystar.net/sports/sports-special/icc-cricket-world-cup-2023/news/ponting-believes-australia-will-bounce-back-against-south-africa-3440171

https://thefinancialexpress.com.bd/sports/rohit-flattens-afghanistan-as-india-romp-to-second-win

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