Player of the Match
Player of the Match

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Best performances - Batsmen

V Kohli
V Kohli
67(63) 5x4 - 0x6
Control %92%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 16 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
3 8 8 6 17 2 14 9
KM Jadhav
KM Jadhav
52(68) 3x4 - 1x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 14 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
1 6 9 2 6 0 14 14

Best performances - Bowlers

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami
Mohammad Nabi
Mohammad Nabi

Scorer: @Thilak_Rama | Commentator: Debayan Sen (@debayansen)

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, no run, full ball, and he has hit this towards deep midwicket. Refuses the single
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!

49 | 5 Runs | AFG: 209/7 (16 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 4.26, RRR: 16.00)

  • Mohammad Nabi48 (52b)
  • Ikram Alikhil7 (10b)
  • Jasprit Bumrah10-1-39-2
  • Mohammed Shami9-1-36-1

Prashanth: "Will nabi do a williamson? "

Bumrah to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, yorker, and he can only dig this out towards square leg. Keeps strike, but what an over from Bumrah!

Aayush Pathak: "Guys dont get upset if your website get crashed now by the people engagement. It cannot be more thriller than this ! "

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