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  • 11:30 PM IST

    WHAT A MATCH THIS WAS! Fingers type burning this, we’ll leave you for that for now, until tomorrrow, it’s good night!

  • 11:28 PM IST

    Here’s the winning captain Virat Kohli: “This is right up there (as a win). You win the toss, and you decide to bat and then you see the wicket slow down. You think 260 or 270 would be a good total. At the halfway stage, we had our doubts in our minds, but we also had self-belief in the change rooms. As soon as I went in, I understood the pace of the pitch. Cross-batted shots aren’t on, and a lot of horizontal bat shots cost us on this pitch. You can’t take the game away from the opposition. You have to knock the ball around, and with three quality wrist-spinners, it was always difficult. (On Bumrah) It’s simple – we want to use him smartly. When conditions allow us to. When he takes one or two wickets, he can go on, but otherwise we try to ensure the opposition knows that he has seven or so overs to go. (Bench strength) Everyone’s waiting for an opportunity. Shami was really good today. He was making the ball move more than anybody. Vijay fielded with great intent. We knew these guys were hungry. This game was way more important for us, because things didn’t go as planned. That’s when you need to show character and bounce back.”

  • 11:26 PM IST

    What does today’s win do to the points table?

  • 11:20 PM IST

    Time for the captains now, first up, the losing skipper Gulbadin Naib: “We played really well in the first innings. The bowlers bowled really well. We know India have a strong batting line-up. Bumrah was superb at the death – in the last two, three overs. Spinners bowled according to the plan. Rashid, Mujeeb, Rahmat.. Everyone bowled well. In the end it was a good game. The total was not big, but we needed someone to make 80. 30s are not enough to cross the line. We lost badly in the first half of the tournament, but we have played some good cricket in the second half and I am happy with the way the team has performed.”

  • 11:18 PM IST

    Jasprit Bumrah: “That gives you a lot of confidence, if the captain has so much of trust in you, that gives you a lot of confidence to trust yourself and clear head in terms of how I want to execute. We saw that wicket was getting slower and slower with the older ball, you need to be more accurate and bowl stump to stump. This is a big ground and there was reverse swing, but you need to rely on your yorkers as well and play according to the situation. It was a tight game and I backed my skills. Sometimes when you run behind wickets, you don’t get wickets. We wanted to create pressure and take the run rate high. As soon as the required rate gets high, you get wickets. Gives us healthy competition in the side and we (bowlers) all discuss as what to do and how things are going. It’s a good sign when everyone is chipping in with the wickets.”

  • 11:18 PM IST

    Jasprit Bumrah, who bowled a phenomenal penultimate over, returned with figures of 2/39 in his 10 overs. He’s the Man of the Match.

  • 11:16 PM IST

    That’s how it happened

  • 11:16 PM IST

    Snapshots from what could be the best match of the World Cup thus far

  • 11:02 PM IST

    WHAT A MATCH!

  • 11:02 PM IST

    HAT-TRICK! Mohammed Shami does it and IT’S ALL OVER, India win by 11 runs in the most thrilling match so far, but take a bowl, Afghanistan!

India vs Afghanistan live cricket score match 28

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Match 28 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between India and Afghanistan at The Rose Bowl, Southampton on Saturday.

India vs Afghanistan preview

India’s star-studded line-up could well break a few batting records when they face the tournament’s favourite whipping boys Afghanistan in what threatens to be another lopsided contest at the ICC World Cup, on Saturday. One of the title contenders, India’s match against Afghanistan could well be a glorified net session in which they would like to put up a resounding performance that not only eases their passage to the semi-final but also ensures a good net run-rate.

Afghanistan’s controversial campaign, marred by poor on and off-field decisions, has gone from bad to worse. And they now face the onerous task of squaring off against a galaxy of world class players, whose performance graph is on the upswing.

India is one team that endured tougher matches right at the beginning and Virat Kohli’s men have looked quite invincible in their one-sided wins against South Africa, Australia and Pakistan.

Such has been their dominance that even injuries to senior opener Shikhar Dhawan, speedster Bhuvneshwar Kumar or all-rounder Vijay Shankar have not had any impact whatsoever on the performance against the top teams.

Losing Dhawan due to a fractured thumb after his match-winning hundred against Australia was being seen as a big blow but KL Rahul’s composed half century against a rampaging Mohammed Amir dispelled any such doubts.

With Rohit Sharma in prime form, a fourth double hundred could be there for the taking against a hapless attack with their prime bowler Rashid Khan, horribly out of form.

Skipper Virat Kohli hit two half-centuries against Australia and Pakistan with such ease that the at least the first 35 runs in both the innings were scored before one even realised.

Shankar’s injury is a slight concern but young Rishabh Pant, with his audacious approach, brings in a certain the X-factor that is difficult to ignore.

In case Shankar doesn’t get fit in time, the fight for that slot will be between Pant and the seasoned Dinesh Karthik, who was team management’s original choice in the squad of 15.

Hardik Pandya, whenever pushed up as the floater, has been a success while Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been rock solid behind the stumps and steady in front.

This match could provide Kohli with an opportunity to promote Kedar Jadhav up the order as he is one batsman in the line-up, who has played only eight balls over three completed matches.

India would need Kedar’s batting on days when the top order might not click and Afghanistan gives the team management the best opportunity to give him quality match time.

Ditto for India’s bowling, which is being touted as the most balanced in the competition.

“We don’t treat any team lightly. Whether its Australia or Afghanistan, we treat every team with equal respect. We focus on our strengths and what we need to do,” team’s premier bowler Jasprit Bumrah said.

Bhuvneshwar hobbled out with a stiff left hamstring after bowling only 16 deliveries against Pakistan. That hardly mattered as all-rounders Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya did the star turn with the ball.

Against Afghanistan, Mohammed Shami will get his first game in the tournament and his pace and movement could be more than a handful for the likes of Hazratullah Zazai, Hashmatullah Shahidi or Asghar Afghan.

The inexperienced Afghans may find Kuldeep Yadav or Yuzvendra Chahal’s craft too hot to handle.

However, a spirited show against India will certainly boost Afghanistan’s confidence and some competitive edge to one-sided contests, which have taken some sheen off the global meet.

Squads:

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (captain), Aftab Alam, Hazratullah Zazai, Asghar Afghan, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Nabi, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Hamid Hassan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Samiullah Shinwari, Rahmat Shah, Noor Ali Zadran, Ikram Alikhil.

Match Starts at 3 pm.

Editorial team of CricketCountry.