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Cricket Highlights, June 20: T20 WC 2024 (Match 43) – India vs Afghanistan.

Cricket Highlights, June 20: WC 2024 (Match 43) – India vs Afghanistan.

India vs Afghanistan (Match 43) – Highlights


This article will explore India’s dominant performance in their opening Super Eight match against Afghanistan in the T20 World Cup 2024, held in Bridgetown.We’ll delve into the key moments and strategies that defined the match, including Suryakumar Yadav’s exceptional batting that helped India post an above-par total of 181 for 7 on a challenging pitch.


We’ll also highlight Jasprit Bumrah’s clinical bowling, which dismantled Afghanistan’s chase early on, as well as the contributions of other key players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, and Arshdeep Singh. Through this comprehensive analysis, we’ll explore how India’s new aggressive approach and strategic adjustments have set the tone for their World Cup campaign.


The pitch was challenging for batting: slow and offering assistance to anyone willing to use their fingers effectively on the ball. Yet, Suryakumar Yadav thrived as he often does in T20 cricket, helping India set a competitive target of 181 for 7. This set the stage for Jasprit Bumrah, who quickly disrupted Afghanistan’s chase with two early wickets, leaving them struggling for the remainder of the match.


Although Rohit managed only 8 off 13 balls, he attempted to hit a boundary in six of those deliveries. Kohli, on the other hand, looked in control but wasn’t content with just that. He attempted to hit Rashid Khan for a six but was caught out.


India, once criticized for their cautious tactics in key matches, have now shed their safety-first approach. This shift was clear during the middle overs of this game. After Kohli’s dismissal, Forecaster adjusted India’s projected total down by 18 runs, bringing it to 171.


However, within just six balls, the other batsmen raised the projected total back to 189. This quick turnaround highlights the fast-paced nature of T20 cricket and the value of aggressive play.


India’s newfound confidence likely stems from their improved lower-order options. Suryakumar Yadav, occupies the No. 4 position, making a significant difference. Suryakumar executed some remarkable shots, not by bending the laws of physics as he often does, but by knowing his areas and trusting his skills. For instance, he dragged a wide delivery from Azmatullah Omarzai to the square-leg boundary. The legside was the shorter boundary, making it a sensible shot.


Suryakumar’s strategy was clear sweep to unsettle the wristspinners, smash full deliveries from the quicks, and swipe at slower balls while maintaining his shape. Each sweep resulted in a boundary, and his six off a full delivery was a highlight, landing in the three Ws stand. His approach in the challenging conditions showcased a calculated attack, focusing on shots he knew would succeed.


Jasprit Bumrah has been India’s standout player in this T20 World Cup, with twice as many wickets (8) as boundaries conceded (4). When he came on to bowl after Rahmanullah Gurbaz had dominated the first over of the chase with 13 runs, he immediately adapted to the conditions.


Bumrah utilized slower balls effectively and adjusted his line to restrict Gurbaz’s favored straight hits. His ability to quickly assess conditions and opposition is why he is considered an all-format great. He conceded only seven runs, the second-lowest by an Indian bowler delivering four overs in a T20I.


Other positives for India included Kuldeep Yadav’s return to the XI, exploiting favorable conditions to take 2 for 32. Axar Patel started with a wicket-maiden in the powerplay, while Ravindra Jadeja had a solid performance. Arshdeep Singh, after conceding 22 runs in his first two overs, almost achieved a hat-trick in the final moments of the game, rounding off a strong overall team performance.


India vs Afghanistan Scoreboard


India– 181/8 (20.0)

Afghanistan – 134 (20.0)

Result – India won by 47 runs

Player of the match – Suryakumar Yadav


Cricket Highlights, June 20: WC 2024 (Match 43) – India vs Afghanistan. Suryakumar Yadav


India vs Afghanistan Playing XIs




Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Suryakumar Yadav, Shivam Dube, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah.



Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Azmatullah Omarzai, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan (c), Noor Ahmad, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi.


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