India vs Afghanistan ICC CWC 2023 Match 9 Report: It proved to be a challenging day for Afghanistan as the Indian captain was in extraordinary form, setting new records and steering India to their second victory in the tournament, winning by a convincing margin of 8 wickets. With this impressive triumph, India now stands in second place on the points table, just behind New Zealand, with run rate as the only distinguishing factor.
Rohit Sharma’s Dominance
This showdown mirrored the closely-fought encounter between India and Afghanistan in the 2019 World Cup. However, this time, Afghanistan set a formidable target for India to chase. Nonetheless, Rohit Sharma seemed undeterred as he dominated the Afghan bowlers, capitalizing on the short boundaries and marching confidently towards the target. His remarkable performance allowed India to seal the victory well ahead of schedule, significantly boosting their run rate and position on the points table.
Late Introduction of Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan, known for his strong record against Rohit Sharma, was surprisingly introduced into the game in the 15th over. By that time, India had firmly established their control, and Rohit was well on his way to a century. According to India vs Afghanistan ICC CWC 2023 Match 9 Report, Rashid Khan did make his presence felt by claiming the only two wickets that India lost during the match. However, India had already secured a comfortable position by then, making it impossible for Afghanistan to alter the course of the chase. Virat Kohli (55*) and Shreyas Iyer (25*) smoothly finished the game, making it look like a cakewalk.
Afghanistan’s Competitive Total
Afghanistan managed to post a respectable score, thanks to Hashmatullah Shahidi’s 80 and Azmatullah Omarzai’s 62, steering them from a vulnerable position of 63/3 to a total of 272/8 in their allotted 50 overs. Jasprit Bumrah shone for India, clinching 4 crucial wickets while conceding just 39 runs, despite the batting-friendly pitch.
Rohit Sharma’s Record-Breaking Century
In a remarkable feat, Rohit Sharma overtook Sachin Tendulkar for the most centuries in the history of the World Cup, notching up his 7th century in the last match, one more than the legendary “Master Blaster.” He also climbed to the third spot on the list of players with the most One-Day International (ODI) centuries, surpassing Ricky Ponting.
ICC CWC 2023 Match 9 Score Summary
272/8 in 50 overs (Hashmatullah Shahidi 80, Azmatullah Omarzai 62; Jasprit Bumrah 4-39, Hardik Pandya 2-43)
273/2 in 35 overs (Rohit Sharma 131, Virat Kohli 55*; Rashid Khan 2-57). India emerged victorious, securing an eight-wicket win.
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