Published: Sun, June 23, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Kohli argues with umpire during match against Afghanistan

Kohli argues with umpire during match against Afghanistan

With 16 runs to get in the last over, Mohammad Nabi (52 off 55) came excruciatingly close to leading his side to their maiden victory in the tournament before Afghanistan were bowled out for 213. He gets a long spell and because he can pick wickets in the spell he can get you quick wickets.

Considering the form India had been in the ongoing World Cup, it was predicted by nearly all the fans and cricket pundits that the game against Afghanistan would be a cakewalk for the Men in Blue and they will defeat their Asian opponents quite easily.

"At the halfway stage, we had our doubts in our minds, but we also had self-belief in the change rooms". You had to be accurate and it's a big ground, so you had go for the yorkers and bowl wicket-to-wicket.

"The runs allowed me to execute my plans well". As you said, it's always hard to take a hat-trick, and that too in a World Cup.

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Off-spinner Mujeeb drew first blood in the fifth over when he bowled the in-form Rohit Sharma for one after India opted to bat.

The India captain would have been fretting as first Gulbadin (27) and then Rahmat and Hashmatullah dug in, so he turned back to Bumrah and his seamer did not disappoint, forcing Rahmat to top-edge a pull to fine leg, before Hashmatullah ballooned a ball back to him two deliveries later. "In the middle overs, however, we leaked a few runs as the spinners were bowling and they had a good partnership". "He was superb", he said.

I thought Virat Kohli captained brilliantly against Afghanistan and it was thanks to his outstanding leadership that India got the win in the end.

In losing to Sri Lanka, maybe the English batsmen took the chase of 233 a bit too lightly. "We have lost four games very badly, but the last two games we have played really well". But when things don't go your way, you need to show some character and bounce back and fight till the last ball and that shows the character of the team.

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