India and Afghanistan met in the ninth match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 on Wednesday, October 11, at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. India were the favorites to win the match, but they were given a run for their money by the Afghanistan team.
India won the toss and elected to bat first. They got off to a good start with Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan putting on a 50-run partnership for the first wicket. However, Kishan was dismissed for 25, and India lost a few wickets in quick succession.
Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer then steadied the innings with a 100-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Kohli was dismissed for 75, but Iyer went on to score a century. He was eventually dismissed for 120, and India finished their innings on 273/8.
Afghanistan got off to a bad start in their chase, losing three wickets in the first 10 overs. However, Hashmatullah Shahidi and Azmatullah Omarzai put on a 100-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Shahidi was dismissed for 80, but Omarzai went on to score a half-century. He was eventually dismissed for 62, and Afghanistan were bowled out for 272 in the 49th over.
India won the match by 8 wickets.
- Shreyas Iyer (India): Iyer scored a century and was the top scorer for India.
- Virat Kohli (India): Kohli scored 75 and helped India to a good start.
- Rohit Sharma (India): Sharma scored 50 and got India off to a good start.
- Hashmatullah Shahidi (Afghanistan): Shahidi scored 80 and was the top scorer for Afghanistan.
- Azmatullah Omarzai (Afghanistan): Omarzai scored 62 and helped Afghanistan to a good start.
Impact of the Match:
The victory for India was their second in the tournament and put them top of the table. The defeat for Afghanistan was their third in the tournament and left them bottom of the table.
India were the favorites to win the match, and they did not disappoint. They batted well and posted a good total. Their bowlers then bowled well and restricted Afghanistan to a low score.
Afghanistan played well, but they were ultimately outplayed by the better team.
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