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India won by 66 runs.
Player of the match: Rohit Sharma
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Right then. Finally, a win for India to get their T20 World Cup campaign up and running. As their skipper said, they will try to hunt their chance down and still believe that they can make it to the semi-finals. They'll need some results to go their way of course, but as for tonight, the Indian fans can be mighty pleased. This performance will certainly brighten their festival of lights. On that note, this is Pratyush Rohra, signing off on behalf of my co-commentator, Shashwat Kumar. And on behalf of all my colleagues at Sportskeeda, we would like to wish you a very happy Diwali. Stay safe folks. See you around. Goodnight! 
Virat Kohli (Indian captain): It was a much better wicket today. In the other two games also, we had only two overs of some free-flowing batting. That sends out the message to the opposition that we are going to put you under the pump. When the situation gets tough, we are ready to take the risk. Sometimes that doesn't come off, that's cricket and you just have to accept that. T20 cricket is a very instinctive decision. We make most of the decisions on the go. Like today, our openers batted till the 13th over and then the power-hitters did it from there. We don't decide we're going all out. We back the guys because they're so skillful, and sometimes it comes off like today. To give credit to the oppositions, they bowled really well in the first two matches and didn't let us get away. NRR was at the back of our mind, to be honest. We spoke in the team meeting that we have to focus on the chance we have (to qualify) and stay positive and hunt that chance down. The return of Ash was a real positive, it was something he has worked really hard for. He showed this control and rhythm in the IPL as well, where he bowled to the big boys. He's a wicket-taker and a smart bowler as well.
Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan captain): We tried to bat second because of the dew. The wicket looked really good to bat on. There wasn't that much dew in the end but it was a brilliant batting pitch. India batted brilliantly and put our bowlers under pressure. Today, we didn't rotate strike well enough. We threw away early wickets and that got us under pressure. We hope to do well in the last two games. 
Rohit Sharma: (On approach) That was the idea. We wanted to get off to a good start. There was a conscious effort to lay out a platform for the batters to come. Exceptional from KL as well at the other end. It was a crucial partnership. Afghanistan have batted first before so we were prepared to field first because that was the trend. Getting to a respectable total was very important. Before this game, we knew that run rate could come into play and we did a good job today. (On continuing the approach) Today it was necessary to get off to a good start. It is not something I do naturally but I am ready to do whatever the team wants. 
India won by 66 runs.

Handshakes all around and finally, finally, some smiles on the Indian faces. They've got the comprehensive win they needed to keep their T20 World Cup campaign alive. It was close in the end with that maximum, but India ensure that their net run rate moves into the positives. The batters answered their skipper's cry and the openers laid the platform right from the word go. KL, Rohit, Pant and Pandya, all delivered when called upon to wallop some deliveries at the end. The job was done for the bowlers right there and then. Shami and Bumrah got the early breakthroughs but Afghanistan never stopped swinging the willow. Some outrageous hits from Gurbaz, Nabi and Janat were there to see but the wickets came intermittently, which meant they were always going to fall short at the end. Afghanistan have just done enough to hold on to their second spot despite a drop in their NRR. Meanwhile, New Zealand stick to third place, while India will look to hunt the two down in their next two games against Namibia and Scotland. A morale-boosting victory for the country tonight. Stay tuned for the presentations.
A six to finish for Afghanistan. That will be that then. India finally get a win under their belt after being outplayed in their first two games and keep their hopes alive. The margin of victory going their way as well, as India win by 66 runs.
20
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144 /7 score
4
1
1
1
1
6
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cricket bat icon Karim Janat *
42 (22)
cricket bat icon Sharafuddin Ashraf
2 (3)
cricket ball icon Hardik Pandya
0 /23
19.6 Hardik Pandya to Karim Janat, SIX! OH MY! Banged into the track on leg stump. Karim gives himself a bit of room and absolutely creams that one over extra cover for a maximum!
19.5 Hardik Pandya to Sharafuddin Ashraf, dug into the track outside off stump. Ashraf gets onto the back foot and pulls it powerfully towards deep mid wicket for one more run
19.4 Hardik Pandya to Karim Janat, back of a length delivery outside off stump. Karim gets up on his toes and swings it away towards deep square leg for just another single
19.3 Hardik Pandya to Sharafuddin Ashraf, back of a length delivery down the leg side. Ashraf gets inside the line of the ball and helps it down to the sweeper at fine leg for a single
19.2 Hardik Pandya to Karim Janat, back of a length delivery on leg stump. Karim makes a bit of room and pushes the ball down the ground towards long on for a single
19.1 Hardik Pandya to Karim Janat, FOUR! SHOT! Back of a length delivery outside off stump. Karim backs away and crunches that one past backward point for a boundary!
Hardik Pandya [1.0-0-9-0] is back into the attack
Shami completes his night's work with figures of 32/3. A couple of wickets in the end for him as India continue to march on in this game.
19
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130 /7 score
1w
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1
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2
1
0
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cricket bat icon Karim Janat
30 (18)
cricket bat icon Sharafuddin Ashraf *
0 (1)
cricket ball icon Mohammed Shami
3 /32
18.6 Mohammed Shami to Sharafuddin Ashraf, yorker on middle and off stump. Ashraf jams his bat down in time and digs the ball out towards the fielder at short third man
18.5 Mohammed Shami to Karim Janat, slower delivery on a full length outside off stump. Karim lays back and powers the ball down the ground towards long off for a single
18.4 Mohammed Shami to Karim Janat, very full delivery on middle and off stump. Karim clears his front leg and squeezes the ball down the ground towards long off for a couple
Sharafuddin Ashraf, right-hand bat, comes to the crease

Zero doubts about that one. Rashid goes for a golden duck and Shami has three!
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