Player of the Match
Player of the Match

6.51pm We've had a few good games in this World Cup already, but today was arguably the most thrilling contest thus far. Afghanistan come close to registering their first win of the campaign, and it took a fighting performance from two-time champions India to deny them. For the moment, from Thilak Gowda, Sreshth Shah, Andrew Fidel Fernando, Nagraj Gollapudi and Melinda Farrell, this is Debayan Sen saying goodbye and goodnight. Keep following ESPNcricinfo, where West Indies are putting on a great show in chasing their target against New Zealand. Can the other unbeaten streak come to an end? Find out on ESPNcricinfo, but bye from Southampton!

Virat Kohli: "This is right up there (as a win). You win the toss, and you decide to bat and then you see the wicket slow down. You think 260 or 270 would be a good total. At the halfway stage, we had our doubts in our minds, but we also had self-belief in the change rooms. As soon as I went in, I understood the pace of the pitch. Cross-batted shots aren't on, and a lot of horizontal bat shots cost us on this pitch. You can't take the game away from the opposition. You have to knock the ball around, and with three quality wrist-spinners, it was always difficult. (On Bumrah) It's simple - we want to use him smartly. When conditions allow us to. When he takes one or two wickets, he can go on, but otherwise we try to ensure the opposition knows that he has seven or so overs to go. (Bench strength) Everyone's waiting for an opportunity. Shami was really good today. He was making the ball move more than anybody. Vijay fielded with great intent. We knew these guys were hungry. This game was way more important for us, because things didn't go as planned. That's when you need to show character and bounce back."

Gulbadin Naib: "We bowled really well, and everybody in the batting lineup was strong. We did well in the batting too, but credit goes to Bumrah for the way he bowled in the last three overs. He was superb. (On his bowling) The wicket was really good for batting during the first half. The spinners stuck to the plan, and they did really well. We had other options than Rashid and Mujeeb, but in the backend, Aftab and I also bowled well, but India is a good side, and a favourite side. The total was not that much (to chase) but in the middle, we needed some 80s and 100s, 20s and 30s aren't enough against a team like this. When chasing 220s, you need some batsmen to take responsibility and go longer. We have lost four games very badly, but last two games we have played really well. This is tough cricket against high-ranking teams, and you have to fight your best."

6.41pm Zahed: "Nabi should have been given the MoM award for his 2wickets and a fighting 50 and taking it to last over. Well fone AFG! PROUD to be a cricket fan when teams show character." --- Probably would have won had he taken his team over the line

6.40pm Shabd Wahal: "Chetan Sharma took Hat trick in 1987 and India lost to England in semis. Can India reverse the trend in England?"

6.38pm Aravind: "How contrasting! Afghanistan dominated with spin and India dominated with sheer pace and yorkers"

India have squeezed through, but at Old Trafford, Chris Gayle is teeing off. Hop over to that match to follow

Hat-tricks in World Cup:

Chetan Sharma, 1987

Saqlain Mushtaq, 1999

Chaminda Vaas, 2003

Brett Lee, 2003

Lasith Malinga, 2007 (4 in 4)

Kemar Roach, 2011

Lasith Malinga, 2011

Steven Finn, 2015

JP Duminy, 2015


Jasprit Bumrah is the player of the match, tells Pommie Mbangwa: "That gives you a lot of confidence when the captain has so much trust in you. Helps me keep a clearer head. (What he had to do today) We saw the wicket getting slower and slower. You had to be accurate and it's a big ground, so you had go for the yorkers and bowl wicket-to-wicket. What we wanted to do was that when you run behind wickets, you don't get wickets. Our plan was to get the run-rate high and create chances. (On Shami) That's very good, because it gives us healthy competition within the side. We discuss what the plans are, and it's great when everybody is chipping in with wickets."

6.33pm What a thriller in Southampton today. Afghanistan come closest to breaking India's unbreaten run at the 2019 World Cup, but India show some character with the ball. Restricted to just 224, they needed wickets, and their bowlers did the job in some style. Shami with four wickets, Bumrah bowling excellently towards the end -- Shiva Jayaraman tells me he nailed seven yorkers in his last two overs, and nine in the match overall -- with the spinners doing their work too

Mohammed Shami to Mujeeb Ur Rahman, OUT, that's the hat-trick! Full, fast, and goes through the batsman again. Chetan Sharma did it in 1987, and 32 years on, here's Mohammad Shami, finishing off with two perfect yorkers, to win it for India! Mujeeb backs away and tries to go down the ground, but there was searing accuracy about that ball. India get their 50th World Cup win with that, but well played Afghanistan!

Mujeeb Ur Rahman b Mohammed Shami 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Can Mohammad Shami do a Chetan Sharma here?

Mohammed Shami to Aftab Alam, OUT, THROUGH THE DEFENCE! Yorker, and he has got this perfectly. Alam backs away and tries to swipe this down the ground, but it crashes into middle and leg. Fast, straight and deathly accurate!

Aftab Alam b Mohammed Shami 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Chinmay Jariwal: "I boarded a flight from Paris just after toss. Landed at Abu Dhabi after 7 hours and now about to board next flight to Mumbai. But can't get my eyes off cricinfo during whole this break. What a thriller. Great advertisement for ODI. Go India go. "

Right, Aftab Alam next. Two wickets in hand, but the set batsman is gone

David: "Who would have thought India Vs Afghanistan will be more interesting than India Vs Pakistan!"

Mohammed Shami to Mohammad Nabi, OUT, yorker, and he has hit this down long on's throat! India come close to winning a thriller! Shami chases Nabi as he backs away, and plays a lofted drive, but it goes down Pandya's throat. India surely favourites from here?

Mohammad Nabi c Pandya b Mohammed Shami 52 (105m 55b 4x4 1x6) SR: 94.54

Venkat: "Indian fans should just relax and not start name picking on who to be replaced for the next game. Purely in terms of runs scored for balls faced, Shankar has done a par job in comparison to his team mates. Today was a complete lower order meltdown and to blame on Shankar is ridiculous."

Mohammed Shami to Mohammad Nabi, FOUR runs, drilled down the ground for four! He looks for the yorker, but misses his length, Nabi backs away and hits it straight down towards long on. Fifty for Nabi

Shami. 16 to win!

Mohammed Shami to Ikram Alikhil, no run, short, angles across him. He looks to pull this away, but cannot get close to it. Delivered at 139kph

Ankit: "Although its late now but cant believe Kohli's captaincy. Why include V Shankar when you dont have enough confidence in his bowling and no overs for jadhav ...why" --- The post-match comments should be interesting

Mohammed Shami to Mohammad Nabi, no run, straight, and full, and it's been given leg-before. Afghanistan want to review this, and have gone for it! There's no edge on this, the ball comes in and hits him OUTSIDE THE LINE. Not out, this will be then!

Fakhrul: "Wish it was Shahzad walking out now instead of Alikhil. " --- To be fair, he would probably have opened

Srivathsan : "I hardly understand the role of Vijay Shankar in the team. Vijay is neither a complete batsman nor a bowler, whereas Hardik can do both. It is high time for management to rethink about the role of Vijay shankar in the playing 11. It is better to go with Ravi Jadeja or Dinesh Karthik "

Bumrah to Mohammad Nabi, SIX runs, short, and he has swung this around...for SIX! This is a serious blow from Nabi, as he uses Bumrah's pace to swing this over midwicket. Top shot, and are they pumped!

Uttkarsh: "The difference between two sides has been strike rotation and running between the wickets ... India were very lazy and not converting one into two"

Bumrah to Ikram Alikhil, 1 run, short, and he has taken off after playing it to point. Pandya attacks the ball, and has a shy at the striker's end, but misses! How crucial could this be?
Bumrah to Ikram Alikhil, no run, starts with a full ball, on off stump, at 138kph, and he can only drive it back down the pitch

Bumrah around the wicket

Over to ShamBu then

Arvind: "Budding spinners from all over the world ...are you watching chahal ? What do you bowl when the batsman has just hit you for a 4 ...when most pull their length back chahal flights generously and tats got chumma crucial wicket ..take a bow !"

Chahal to Rashid Khan, OUT, tossed up, and Dhoni has whipped the bails off. Rashid is walking! The turn from outside off takes it past the outside edge, and Dhoni waits on it, and just takes the bails off. Chahal strikes in this last over of his, and what a wicket that could be!

Rashid Khan st †Dhoni b Chahal 14 (20m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

Sabrish j R: "Hoping for a win.. but wish its a draw .. coz in 2007 also we had a draw n also in 2011 we had s draw... "

Chahal to Rashid Khan, FOUR runs, pulls out the reverse sweep! More of a swipe, but he gets into position, and goes over the point fielder. No fielder there, and that's four all the way!
Mohammed Shami to Rashid Khan, 1 run, short, and he plays what can only be described as a double-handed forehand crosscourt! Down to long on

Nabyendu : "Another tie? " --- It's cricket, anything's possible

Mohammed Shami to Mohammad Nabi, FOUR runs, SHOT! Makes a bit of room by advancing towards the ball to his left, and then smashes this through the vacant long off area


Raj: "37.7 win percentage for who?" --- Always for the chasing team

Shahbaz : "Need Rashid Magic!!!!!!"

Bumrah to Rashid Khan, no run, short of a length, and he backs away and hits this towards midwicket. Chahal has a shy at the non-striker's end, where Nabi has come a long way down the track and then been sent back. Doesn't hit, though...
Bumrah to Rashid Khan, no run, length, slants in, and he can only play it to point. Bowled at 140kph

Uttkarsh: "Two IPL superstars against the bowlers they have seen a lot of in IPL."

Pandya to Najibullah Zadran, OUT, this time Chahal takes it! Slow, off-cutter from Pandya, and Najib shapes to flick this, but takes it off the inner part of the bat. Pops up for Chahal at short mid wicket. Pandya blows a kiss to the outgoing batsman

Najibullah Zadran c Chahal b Pandya 21 (32m 23b 2x4 0x6) SR: 91.30

SameerM: "Just missed the Yuvi at short mid wicket... He would have dived to make it a wicket where chahal. Just laughed hopelessly... We all miss him.. Love Yuvi"

Mohammed Shami to Najibullah Zadran, no run, slower ball, and he chips this across the line, but just short of short midwicket, where Chahal is waiting...
Mohammed Shami to Najibullah Zadran, 1 wide, short, and he ducks under this. Was directed on a leg-stump line, and is called wide!

Kishore : "They will try charge in these 2 overs and might fall flat. Sensing a wicket . "

Mohammed Shami to Najibullah Zadran, FOUR runs, straight, and he whips it off his feet through midwicket. Terrific bit of timing from Najib!

Thanks Sreshth. Enjoyable finish, either way. I can add that the Forecaster has Afghanistan's win probability at 54%

Pandya to Najibullah Zadran, 2 runs, finds the gap between mid-off and cover, but doesn't go to the boundary. It as a length ball just outside off, but punched well between the two fielders

Afghanistan 2nd innings Partnerships

1st20Gulbadin NaibHazratullah Zazai
2nd44Gulbadin NaibRahmat Shah
3rd42Hashmatullah ShahidiRahmat Shah
4th0Asghar AfghanHashmatullah Shahidi
5th24Mohammad NabiAsghar Afghan
6th36Mohammad NabiNajibullah Zadran
7th24Mohammad NabiRashid Khan
8th23Mohammad NabiIkram Alikhil
9th0Aftab AlamIkram Alikhil
10th0Ikram AlikhilMujeeb Ur Rahman