India registered its first win in its game against Afghanistan in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021 tournament.
Abu Dhabi: India registered its first win in its game against Afghanistan in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021 tournament.
Afghanistan was defeated by 66 runs as the rejuvenated Virat Kohli & co. comes roaring on the field, only to set the highest target of the tournament.
Pleased with the team’s performance, Indian skipper Virat Kohli said in a post-match statement, “Much better wicket to be fair. We spoke about the fact that in the other games, if we just had two overs of free-flowing batting, then that sends a message to the opposition that we are going to put you under the pump. When we do that, we know how we can play. Sometimes, you do fall to pressure and have to accept that. T20 cricket is a very instinctive game, in batting, bowling and decision-making. We do make decisions on the go”.
“Top three is mostly settled unless situations like today when the openers batted all the way through and the power-hitters were ready. We don’t always decide early to go hard, but we do back ourselves and when we do get going, we know what we can do. Well, yes that is the plan (to keep playing this way) but as I said, sometimes you just give in to the pressure. The other teams bowled really well to us. Yes, it (net run rate) was to be honest. We are always positive, and so were thinking about it. The return of Ash (is the biggest positive), we saw him doing well in the IPL and when he does this, we get control in the middle overs. That’s what I’m most pleased about (today)”, he added.
Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi hopes to win the last game to take place in the semi-finals. He said, “We usually bat first, we tried to chase due to the dew. Also the wicket looked really good. Yeah, there wasn’t much dew, but the wicket played really good. India batted really well, and put us under pressure. Not always, we try to rotate strike a bit too. Today we didn’t do well enough but we lost early wickets and that put us under pressure. Hopefully, we can win our last game.”.
Hit man Rohit Sharma garnered 74 runs in 47 deliveries before returning to the dressing room winning the title of Player of the Match. He said in the statement ,” The idea was to go after it, and get off to a good start, which didn’t happen in the first two games and lay the platform for the others. Exceptional batting from Rahul, and that partnership was vital. We were prepared to field first, and it was a good pitch to bat on. Getting to a respectable total was important, and the NRR could come into play so we had to win by a good margin, so glad we got that. Today it was necessary to get off to a good start, and that’s not my natural game – I usually like to get in. So I made an effort to settle in, play cricketing shots, and put up a big total”.
first published:Nov. 3, 2021, 11:39 p.m.