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Earlier in the day, Afghanistan tweakers spun a web around Indian batsmen to restrict them to 224/8 in 50 overs despite half-centuries from skipper Virat Kohli and Kedar Jadhav in a World Cup clash here on Saturday.
This is India’s lowest first innings total batting all 50 overs since 2010.
Kohli struck his third consecutive fifty with a classy 67 off 63 balls, his innings laced with five fours, while Jadhav scored 52 off 68 deliveries (3×4, 1×6) before being taken at cover by substitute Noor Ali Zadran off Gulbadin Naib.
But a spirited Afghanistan, who kept behind their huge loss to England in the last game, rode Mohammed Nabi’s 2/33 and wickets each for Mujeeb Ur Rahman (1/26), Rashid Khan (1/38) and Rahmat Shah (1/22) to keep the run-flow in check throughout the innings.
Skipper Naib took two wickets in the last over, removing Jadhav and Mohammed Shami (1) to cap off a brilliant bowling display by the team which still finds itself at the foot of the points table, without a win, and battling off-field issues and infighting.
M.S. Dhoni laboured to 28 off 52 balls (3×4) bringing back to memory the days when he was questioned for his slow pace in the twilight of his career.
(With IANS Inputs)