Mohammad Shami’s last over hat-trick helped India pull off a thrilling 11-run win over Afghanistan in the 2019 Cricket World Cup clash in Southampton.
With 16 required off the final over, Shami’s first ball was hit for a boundary by Mohammad Nabi, but the pacer then bowled a dot ball and dismissed Nabi, Aftab Alam, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman in successive deliveries to guide India to their fourth victory in the tournament.
Earlier, a disciplined show by Afghanistan bowlers at the slow track of Southampton restricted India to a modest 224/8 in the clash.
After electing to bat, India got off to a poor start losing Rohit Sharma early. Sharma, who has been in a tremendous form in the tournament, was bowled out by Mujeeb Ur Rahman in the fifth over with just seven runs on the board. After India crossed 50-run mark, Mohammad Nabi removed KL Rahul in the 15th over.
India suffered third blow in the form of Vijay Shankar who was trapped leg before wickets by Rahmat Shah in the 27th over with 122 runs on the board. Very soon, skipper Virat Kohli was sent back by Nabi after his fighting knock of 67. Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni then eventually took the innings forward.
Skipper Virat Kohli remained the top scorer for India making 67 off 63 balls followed by Kedar Jadhav who made 52 off 68 balls. India kept losing wickets at regular interval as Afghanistan remained in control throughout the innings.
For Afghanistan, Mohammad Nabi and Gulbadin Naib claimed two wickets while Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Aftab Alam, Rashid Khan, and Rahmat Shah bagged a wicket each.