By CricketCountry Staff
Colombo: Sep 19, 2012
India, who produced a good batting performance against Pakistan in their warm-up match, struggled to flourish against a disciplined bowling attack of Afghanistan.
Shapoor Zadran rocked India early when he got rid of both the openers.
Gautam Gambhir poor run with the bat continued as he fell to Shapoor in the third over, getting an inside edge of his bat and the ball crashing into the middle stump.
Gambhir scored 10 runs off eight balls, hitting one boundary.
India was jolted once again by Shapoor in his third over, when Virender Sehwag was caught by wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad for eight.
Kohli and Yuvraj then joined forces to take India forward, adding 46 runs for the third wicket.
Yuvraj failed to get a big score after a strong start, as he was dismissed by Karim Shadiq for 18, caught by Shapoor.
Yuvraj struck one six during his innings.
After Yuvraj’s dismissal, Kohli and Suresh Raina put up a 46 run-stand for the fourth wicket.
Kohli continued his good run as he completed a fluent half-century, but soon fell after that.
Kohli smashed four boundaries and two sixes to score 50 off 39 balls, and fell to Afghan pacer Dawlat Zadran.
Brief Scores: India 159 for 5 in 19 overs (Virat Kohli 50, Suresh Raina 38; Shapoor Zadran 2 for 33) vs Afghanistan