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India vs Afghanistan AFG in IND, 3 T20Is, 2024

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3rd T20I, M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, 17 Jan, 2024

India

IND

212/4

(20.0) overs

Afghanistan

AFG

212/6

(20.0) overs

Afghanistan tied with India (India wins the 2nd Super Over by 10 runs)

Player Of The Match

Rohit Sharma,
India
India
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India

Commentary

We are all set for the Super Over to get underway! Mukesh Kumar looks raring to bowl it and the Indian players are seen having a tense discussion. The umpires get in position as the pair of Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Gulbadin Naib comes out to the middle.

... SUPER OVER ...

Wow, wow, and wow! Afghanistan have given it their all and Gulbadin Naib has taken his team to level terms chasing down a score of 213 and they have finished on 212, the same as India, unbelievable. It was a topsy-turvy run chase but India looked in control at the halfway mark. The Afghans launched a sensational counter-attack, hitting 127 runs in the final 10 overs to get themselves a chance in the Super Over. It is anyone's game from here, so, fasten your seat belts and get ready as Afghanistan will now bat first in the Super Over.

Runs Scored 18 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 212/6

G Naib55 (23)

S Ashraf5 (2)

M Kumar4-0-44-0

19.62

The match is Tied and it will be a Super Over to follow now! Low full toss outside off, Gulbadin Naib carves it well to the deep cover region where Rinku Singh sprints and picks up. He misses out on a perfect throw to the keeper's end and Gulbadin Naib throttles for the second and is already home safely. What a run-chase we have witnessed here at Chinnaswamy! The crowd is roaring at its pinnacle but what an effort by Gulbadin Naib at the backend.

19.52

Too full in the slot on middle, Gulbadin Naib does not get enough of it and steers it towards deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs. Washington Sundar patrolling the leg side sprints to his left and throws it back to the bowler. 3 needed off the last ball. Will there be a super over?

19.46

SIX! That's a wonderful strike by Naib! This is full and outside off, Gulbadin Naib gets on top of it generates the power and swings it down the ground for a maximum! 5 needed off the last 2 deliveries.

19.32

Bowls a low full toss outside off, Gulbadin Naib slashes it towards widish extra cover. Rinku Singh sprints hard yards to his right and saves a couple of runs.

19.31wd

WIDE! Too full and too wide outside the tramline, Gulbadin Naib shoulders arms at it and the umpire signals another Wide.

19.20

Dot! Full and swings back in from outside off, Gulbadin Naib looks to get across and have a swipe at it and misses at it. A rare dot ball and India will take it.

19.14

FOUR! This game isn't over yet! Low full toss on offer outside off, Gulbadin Naib bends his front foot and slaps it down the ground for a boundary between long on and long off. A crucial boundary there by Naib!

Rohit Sharma is seen having an animated chat with the umpire regarding the previous wide call. Remember, the laws have recently changed but that was quite a fair call for the wide.

19.11wd

WIDE! He will have to reload that one. Full and a bit too wide and outside the tramline, the umpire signals a wide. Poor start this from Mukesh.

Mukesh Kumar to bowl the final over. Can he defend 18 runs?

Runs Scored 17 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 194/6

G Naib39 (17)

S Ashraf5 (2)

A Khan4-0-55-1

18.61

Full and on off, Gulbadin Naib drills it down to long on for a single and he retains the strike.

18.56

SIX! Put away! A juicy half-volley outside off, Gulbadin Naib gets down on a knee and swings across the line and hits it over the long on fence for a biggie!

18.41

Short and wide outside off, Sharafuddin Ashraf miscues the heave towards deep cover. One taken.

18.34

FOUR! Off the mark! A leg cutter outside off, Sharafuddin Ashraf waits for it and punishes it by clearing his front leg and hits it hard enough through the off side. The long off fielder chases it but fails to reach it. A boundary!

18.2W

OUT! CAUGHT! Virat Kohli takes a wonderful running catch! Full and outside off, Najibullah Zadran goes for a biggie through the line and ends up getting the bottom half of the blade which turns in his hands and the ball goes over covers. Virat Kohli in the deep calls for the catch and settles his eyes on the ball running hard yards across to his right and takes a phenomenal grab. Najibullah Zadran departs and Afghanistan lose their sixth!

Sharafuddin Ashraf is the new man in.

18.21wd

WIDE! Full and too wide outside off, Wided.

18.14

EDGED AND FOUR! Fortunate there Najibullah Zadran but he will take it! Full and outside off, Najibullah Zadran flashes hard and gets a leading edge which flies up over short third man for a boundary.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 177/5

G Naib32 (15)

N Zadran1 (1)

M Kumar3-0-26-0

17.64

FOUR! Another one and Afghanistan aren't out of it just yet. Too full again and around off, Gulbadin Naib drills this one straight back past the bowler and the fielder at long off runs to his right but can't cut it off. 36 needed now off the final 12 deliveries. Just as a reminder, India scored 36 runs off the final over itself.

17.54

FOUR! Hammered away! This is full and wide outside off, Gulbadin Naib stays deep in his crease and thrashes the ball through covers and it races along the turf into the boundary.

17.41

Short and angles across from the middle, Najibullah Zadran plays it across to deep mid-wicket for a single.

17.31

Follows up with a yorker wide outside off, Gulbadin Naib looks to paddle but ends up pushing it to long off for a single.

17.20

Full and outside the tramline, Gulbadin Naib shuffles across and leaves. The umpire is unmoved.

Najibullah Zadran is the new man in but he will be at the non-striker's end.

17.1W

OUT! RUN OUT! Over the wicket and nails a yorker outside off, Gulbadin Naib gets an under edge towards leg gully, Sanju Samson chases the ball and Karim Janat is almost at the striker's end looking for a quick run. Gulbadin Naib signals a bit late to send him back. Samson scores a direct hit at the bowler's end as Karim Janat puts in a dive to get home but fails to get back there in time. The TV umpire confirms the same and he perishes. Another one bites the dust!

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 167/4

G Naib23 (10)

K Janat2 (2)

W Sundar3-0-18-3

16.61

Flat and outside off, Gulbadin Naib knocks it to long on for a single.

16.51

That's a display of great athleticism by Virat Kohli! Short and on the stumps, Karim Janat rocks back and pulls to clear the long on fence but Virat Kohli times his jump with precision and slaps the ball back in the field and saves five runs for his side. He has been electric in the field tonight. Top effort.

Commentary

We are all set for the run chase! The umpires are back out in the middle and the Indian players can be seen in a huddle. Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmanullah Gurbaz are set to open the innings for Afghanistan as Rohit Sharma has not taken the field. It looks like Virat Kohli might be captaining for now. Mukesh Kumar will take the new ball for India and he is raring to go and Shubman Gill is on the field for Rohit.

... THE RUN CHASE ...

India has posted a mammoth total of 212 on the board and surely has an upper hand here. They will aim to bundle up the opposition as soon as possible. Whereas, Afghanistan has a tough task up its sleeves and has a very steep slope to climb. The run chase is just a few moments away. Stay tuned.

Afghanistan on the other hand, had Indian eyes lit up straightaway as they dismantled the Indian top order as Fareed Ahmad got rid of Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli and Sanju Samson with his excellent 3-fer. He ended up with brilliant figures by conceding only 20 in his spell when the others were being hammered away. Azmatullah Omarzai chipped in with a scalp of Shivam Dube and they had India on the back foot in the first half. But, the tables turned sooner as the debutant Mohammad Saleem was taken to the cleaners and the Afghanistan bowlers sort of lost their momentum halfway into the innings and offered freebies to Rohit and Rinku. The last five overs proved to be an absolute nightmare for them and it was a poor execution after a brilliant initiation. Afghanistan couldn't take any wickets after the fifth over of the innings and just leaked runs all over the ground.

Wow, just wow! That was power-hitting of the highest quality. We have witnessed a scintillating knock by the Indian skipper Rohit Sharma after losing four wickets in the initial stages on the mere score of 22. India saw the early departures including Yashasvi Jaiswal, followed by Virat Kohli and Sanju Samson, both of whom were dismissed without scoring a run. The next to fall was Shivam Dube, who had effortlessly smashed sixes in the previous game. Rohit Sharma, coming into this game on the back of a couple of ducks, started off a bit tentatively but sooner got into his groove along with Rinku Singh, who, equally contributed crucial runs in the partnership. India rebuilt pretty well as the two started taking the bowlers apart with some brutal hits out of the park and complemented each other brilliantly. India had an exceptional recovery as Rohit garnered a brilliant century and scored his highest T20I score. Rinku Singh, as calm as a cucumber, accumulated a phenomenal FIFTY. He scored a blistering 69 and 36 coming off the last over. Rinku Singh and Rohit Sharma together struck 14 sixes. India garnered 103 runs in the last five overs and also breached the 200 mark which, looked impossible to achieve at the start.

Runs Scored 36 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 212/4

R Singh69 (39)

R Sharma121 (69)

K Janat3-0-54-0

19.66

SIX! Make that five maximums and 36 runs off the over! What an epic finish from India and Afghanistan have been left red-faced here. Karim Janat changes the angle by coming in from around the stumps and digs it in a bit short and angling into the hitting arc. Rinku Singh stays put and just swivels on it a bit before pulling it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. India finish with a mammoth total of 212/4 on the board!

19.56

SIX MORE! 30 off the over with a ball to go. Karim Janat with yet another juicy full toss and Rinku Singh just slogs it away as the ball flies over the mid-wicket fence for a fourth maximum in the over.

19.46

SIX! And out of nowhere, the 200 is up for India! This has been some partnership and some hitting from these two. Serves it full on the pads, Rinku Singh flicks it off the legs and gets it over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum.

19.31

Gets the wide yorker in this time, Rohit Sharma opens the face of the bat and guides it straight to short third for a single.

19.26

SIX! BANG! Full and wide but right in the slot again, Rohit Sharma once again hangs deep in the crease and clobbers the ball right back over the bowler's head for another big maximum. This is now Sharma's highest score in T20Is!

19.27nb

NO BALL AND SIX! The ball has smashed into the roof and has taken a real pounding that ball. Another juicy full toss outside off, Rohit Sharma stays deep in the crease and whacks it away right off the meat of the bat over the long on fence and into the roof of the stadium for a mammoth blow. What is worse for Afghanistan is that Karim Janat has overstepped and it will be a Free Hit to follow.

19.14

FOUR! Cheeky and just too good from Rohit Sharma. Full and wide but it is a low full toss, Sharma just walks past the stumps and laps it past square leg for a boundary.

Karim Janat will bowl the last over of the innings.

Runs Scored 22 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 176/4

R Singh51 (36)

R Sharma104 (65)

A Omarzai4-0-33-1

18.66

SIX! What a way to bring up the FIFTY from Rinku Singh! Right in the slot again around off, Singh gets under it and thumps it over the long off fence for a biggie. 22 off that over and India in overdrive mode here.

18.51

A juicy full toss outside off, Rohit Sharma misses out and slaps it down to long off for just a single.

18.44

FOUR! HUNDRED FOR ROHIT SHARMA! What a knock this has been from the Indian skipper and he has turned adversity into joy. This is full and wide, a bit too full, Rohit Sharma reaches out and slices the low full toss as the ball races away to the backward point fence. A fifth T20I century for Rohit, the most in the men's game.

18.34

FOUR! Slower one but Rohit Sharma deals with it well. Takes pace off and bowls it into the deck over leg stump, Rohit just rolls his wrists over the ball and gets it to the fine leg fence fo four more run. Moves to 99 now.

18.26

SIX! High and mighty and Rohit Sharma is one more big hit away from the century now. Azmatullah Omarzai misses his mark with the yorker and serves it in the slot on middle and leg. Rohit takes the front leg out of the way and smokes it well over deep mid-wicket for a biggie.

18.11

Very full and outside off, Rinku Singh crocuhes a bit and drives it away along the ground to deep cover for a single.

Azmatullah Omarzai will bowl the penultimate over of the innings.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 154/4

R Sharma89 (61)

R Singh44 (34)

F Ahmad4-0-20-3

17.62

Full and outside off, Rohit Sharma fetches the ball and heaves it away to wide long on for a couple of runs more.

17.54

FOUR! Nicely done by Rohit Sharma. Gets the yorker in Fareed Ahmad but the line is a bit too straight, Rohit stays deep in the crease and clips it away wide of short fine leg for a boundary.

17.41

Banged in short and over the stumps, Rinku Singh swivels and pulls it away to fine leg for yet another single. Good bowling this from Fareed Ahmad, bowling to his field.

17.31

Full and wide, right in the blockhole, Rohit Sharma stays leg side of the bat and reaches out to guide it on the full with an angled bat but can't get it past short third. Just the single then.

17.21

Short of a length and angled into the body, Rinku Singh flat-bats it straight towards deep backward square leg for one more.

17.11

Back of a length and outside off, Rohit Sharma cuts it hard off the back foot and Gulbadin Naib gets a good hand on it behind point to his right. That takes pace off and deflects it straight to deep point and the batters get one run.

Fareed Ahmad is back into the attack now.

Runs Scored 13 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 144/4

R Sharma81 (57)

R Singh42 (32)

K Janat2-0-18-0

16.61

Pace off, dragged down and pushed wide of the off stump, Rohit Sharma stays rooted and reaches out before toe-ending it down to long off for one.

16.51

Another one that is aimed in at the toes, Rinku Singh clips it away to deep square leg for a single.

16.41

Excellent comeback delivery from Karim Janat as he gets the yorker in right at the toes. Rohit Sharma digs it out to the vacant square leg region for one. They look for two but decide against it as the bowler is quick to get to the ball.

Afghanistan
India
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
R Gurbaz

c W Sundar b K Yadav

50 32 3 4 156.25
I Zadran

st S Samson b W Sundar

50 41 4 1 121.95
G Naib

not out

55 23 4 4 239.13
A Omarzai

c R Bishnoi b W Sundar

0 1 0 0 0
M Nabi

c A Khan b W Sundar

34 16 2 3 212.50
K Janat

run out (S Samson)

2 2 0 0 100
N Zadran

c V Kohli b A Khan

5 3 1 0 166.66
S Ashraf

not out

5 2 1 0 250
Extras

(b 1,lb 0,w 10,nb 0,Penalty 0)

11
Total 20.0 (RR: 10.60)
212/6

Did not bat: Q Ahmad, F Ahmad, M Saleem

Fall of wickets:

(R Gurbaz, 11 ov) (I Zadran, 12.3 ov) (A Omarzai, 12.4 ov) (M Nabi, 16.2 ov) (K Janat, 17.1 ov) (N Zadran, 18.2 ov)
Bowler O M R W ER
M Kumar
4 0 44 0 11.00
A Khan
4 0 55 1 13.75
R Bishnoi
4 0 38 0 9.50
W Sundar
3 0 18 3 6.00
S Dube
2 0 25 0 12.50
K Yadav
3 0 31 1 10.33
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
Y Jaiswal

c M Nabi b F Ahmad

4 6 0 0 66.66
R Sharma

not out

121 69 11 8 175.36
V Kohli

c I Zadran b F Ahmad

0 1 0 0 0
S Dube

c R Gurbaz b A Omarzai

1 6 0 0 16.66
S Samson

c M Nabi b F Ahmad

0 1 0 0 0
R Singh

not out

69 39 2 6 176.92
Extras

(b 0,lb 9,w 6,nb 2,Penalty 0)

17
Total 20.0 (RR: 10.60)
212/4

Did not bat: W Sundar, R Bishnoi, K Yadav, A Khan, M Kumar

Fall of wickets:

(Y Jaiswal, 2.3 ov) (V Kohli, 2.4 ov) (S Dube, 4 ov) (S Samson, 4.3 ov)
Bowler O M R W ER
F Ahmad
4 0 20 3 5.00
A Omarzai
4 0 33 1 8.25
Q Ahmad
4 0 28 0 7.00
M Saleem
3 0 43 0 14.33
S Ashraf
2 0 25 0 12.50
K Janat
3 0 54 0 18.00
Afghanistan
India

Commentary

We are all set for the Super Over to get underway! Mukesh Kumar looks raring to bowl it and the Indian players are seen having a tense discussion. The umpires get in position as the pair of Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Gulbadin Naib comes out to the middle.

... SUPER OVER ...

Wow, wow, and wow! Afghanistan have given it their all and Gulbadin Naib has taken his team to level terms chasing down a score of 213 and they have finished on 212, the same as India, unbelievable. It was a topsy-turvy run chase but India looked in control at the halfway mark. The Afghans launched a sensational counter-attack, hitting 127 runs in the final 10 overs to get themselves a chance in the Super Over. It is anyone's game from here, so, fasten your seat belts and get ready as Afghanistan will now bat first in the Super Over.

Runs Scored 18 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 212/6

G Naib55 (23)

S Ashraf5 (2)

M Kumar4-0-44-0

19.62

The match is Tied and it will be a Super Over to follow now! Low full toss outside off, Gulbadin Naib carves it well to the deep cover region where Rinku Singh sprints and picks up. He misses out on a perfect throw to the keeper's end and Gulbadin Naib throttles for the second and is already home safely. What a run-chase we have witnessed here at Chinnaswamy! The crowd is roaring at its pinnacle but what an effort by Gulbadin Naib at the backend.

19.52

Too full in the slot on middle, Gulbadin Naib does not get enough of it and steers it towards deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs. Washington Sundar patrolling the leg side sprints to his left and throws it back to the bowler. 3 needed off the last ball. Will there be a super over?

19.46

SIX! That's a wonderful strike by Naib! This is full and outside off, Gulbadin Naib gets on top of it generates the power and swings it down the ground for a maximum! 5 needed off the last 2 deliveries.

19.32

Bowls a low full toss outside off, Gulbadin Naib slashes it towards widish extra cover. Rinku Singh sprints hard yards to his right and saves a couple of runs.

19.31wd

WIDE! Too full and too wide outside the tramline, Gulbadin Naib shoulders arms at it and the umpire signals another Wide.

19.20

Dot! Full and swings back in from outside off, Gulbadin Naib looks to get across and have a swipe at it and misses at it. A rare dot ball and India will take it.

19.14

FOUR! This game isn't over yet! Low full toss on offer outside off, Gulbadin Naib bends his front foot and slaps it down the ground for a boundary between long on and long off. A crucial boundary there by Naib!

Rohit Sharma is seen having an animated chat with the umpire regarding the previous wide call. Remember, the laws have recently changed but that was quite a fair call for the wide.

19.11wd

WIDE! He will have to reload that one. Full and a bit too wide and outside the tramline, the umpire signals a wide. Poor start this from Mukesh.

Mukesh Kumar to bowl the final over. Can he defend 18 runs?

Runs Scored 17 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 194/6

G Naib39 (17)

S Ashraf5 (2)

A Khan4-0-55-1

18.61

Full and on off, Gulbadin Naib drills it down to long on for a single and he retains the strike.

18.56

SIX! Put away! A juicy half-volley outside off, Gulbadin Naib gets down on a knee and swings across the line and hits it over the long on fence for a biggie!

18.41

Short and wide outside off, Sharafuddin Ashraf miscues the heave towards deep cover. One taken.

18.34

FOUR! Off the mark! A leg cutter outside off, Sharafuddin Ashraf waits for it and punishes it by clearing his front leg and hits it hard enough through the off side. The long off fielder chases it but fails to reach it. A boundary!

18.2W

OUT! CAUGHT! Virat Kohli takes a wonderful running catch! Full and outside off, Najibullah Zadran goes for a biggie through the line and ends up getting the bottom half of the blade which turns in his hands and the ball goes over covers. Virat Kohli in the deep calls for the catch and settles his eyes on the ball running hard yards across to his right and takes a phenomenal grab. Najibullah Zadran departs and Afghanistan lose their sixth!

Sharafuddin Ashraf is the new man in.

18.21wd

WIDE! Full and too wide outside off, Wided.

18.14

EDGED AND FOUR! Fortunate there Najibullah Zadran but he will take it! Full and outside off, Najibullah Zadran flashes hard and gets a leading edge which flies up over short third man for a boundary.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 177/5

G Naib32 (15)

N Zadran1 (1)

M Kumar3-0-26-0

17.64

FOUR! Another one and Afghanistan aren't out of it just yet. Too full again and around off, Gulbadin Naib drills this one straight back past the bowler and the fielder at long off runs to his right but can't cut it off. 36 needed now off the final 12 deliveries. Just as a reminder, India scored 36 runs off the final over itself.

17.54

FOUR! Hammered away! This is full and wide outside off, Gulbadin Naib stays deep in his crease and thrashes the ball through covers and it races along the turf into the boundary.

17.41

Short and angles across from the middle, Najibullah Zadran plays it across to deep mid-wicket for a single.

17.31

Follows up with a yorker wide outside off, Gulbadin Naib looks to paddle but ends up pushing it to long off for a single.

17.20

Full and outside the tramline, Gulbadin Naib shuffles across and leaves. The umpire is unmoved.

Najibullah Zadran is the new man in but he will be at the non-striker's end.

17.1W

OUT! RUN OUT! Over the wicket and nails a yorker outside off, Gulbadin Naib gets an under edge towards leg gully, Sanju Samson chases the ball and Karim Janat is almost at the striker's end looking for a quick run. Gulbadin Naib signals a bit late to send him back. Samson scores a direct hit at the bowler's end as Karim Janat puts in a dive to get home but fails to get back there in time. The TV umpire confirms the same and he perishes. Another one bites the dust!

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 167/4

G Naib23 (10)

K Janat2 (2)

W Sundar3-0-18-3

16.61

Flat and outside off, Gulbadin Naib knocks it to long on for a single.

16.51

That's a display of great athleticism by Virat Kohli! Short and on the stumps, Karim Janat rocks back and pulls to clear the long on fence but Virat Kohli times his jump with precision and slaps the ball back in the field and saves five runs for his side. He has been electric in the field tonight. Top effort.

16.41

On the middle stump line and short, Gulbadin Naib works it towards deep mid-wicket for a single.

16.31

Over the wicket and on a short of a length outside off, Karim Janat crunches it to long on for a single.

Karim Janat is the new man in.

16.2W

OUT! CAUGHT! Washington gets his third! This is short and wide outside off, Mohammad Nabi follows it with a cross bat through the line and does not get enough willow on that one. The ball lands straight into the hands of Avesh Khan at deep cover-point who makes no mistake with that grab low to his right. A really good innings from Mohammad Nabi comes to an end.

16.10

On a shorter length now and outside off, Mohammad Nabi goes for a big heave to the leg side but misses on the edge.

16.11wd

WIDE! On a good length outside the tramline. Wided.

Runs Scored 17 Runs

Score after 16 overs : 162/3

M Nabi34 (14)

G Naib21 (8)

R Bishnoi4-0-38-0

15.61

Short and on middle, Mohammad Nabi makes some room for himself and punches it off the back foot to deep cover for a single to end the over.

15.51

Length ball outside off, Gulbadin Naib gets down on one knee and hits it to long on for a single.

15.41b

Nice comeback there. Darts in at 106 clicks and yorks it outside leg, Mohammad Nabi gets under edge behind square leg for a single.

15.36

SIX! The President is here on a mission! Overpitched and outside off, Mohammad Nabi gets on the front foot and disdainfully deposits over long off for half a dozen.

15.24

FOUR! Two in two! And suddenly things are changing here! Full and outside off, Mohammad Nabi crisply drives it to the left of covers for a boundary. The deep cover chases it but the ball wins the race.

15.14

FOUR! Nicely done! Floats it up on a short length on middle, Mohammad Nabi backs away and lifts it up towards long on for a boundary!

Ravi Bishnoi (3-0-22-0) is back on.

Runs Scored 17 Runs

Score after 15 overs : 145/3

M Nabi19 (9)

G Naib20 (7)

K Yadav3-0-31-1

14.61

Tossed up full and around off, knocked down to long off for a single. 68 needed now off 30 deliveries.

14.51

Was there a tight edge on it? Yes, there was but no chance for the keeper of Rohit Sharma at first slip to catch that one. Tossed up on a length around off, turning away from the right-hander, Gulbadin Naib looks for the slog-sweep but gets a faint edge down to third man for a single.

14.41

Short and wide again, sticking in the pitch a bit, Nabi cuts it in front of square this time to deep cover for a run.

14.32

Short and outside off, cut away square and behind point for a couple of runs.

14.26

SIX! Back-to-back maximums again! Floated up around off stump, Mohammad Nabi simply leans on and frees his arms before lofting it a bit inside-out over wide long off for a maximum. That is Nabi's 100th maximum in T20Is!

14.16

SIX! Afghanistan not going down without a fight here! A half-tracker from Kuldeep Yadav around leg stump, Nabi picks the length and rocks back before bludgeoning it over deep square leg for a biggie.

Runs Scored 20 Runs

Score after 14 overs : 128/3

M Nabi3 (4)

G Naib19 (6)

A Khan3-0-38-0

13.61

Another slower one, this time the leg cutter and over off stump, Mohammad Nabi works it on the off side and picks up a single.

13.51

Takes pace off and bowls it into the deck a bit outside off, Gulbadin Naib fetches the ball and slogs it away to deep mid-wicket for a run.

13.46

SIX! Another one and Avesh Khan is getting peppered here. Good length around off stump, Gulbadin Naib stays leg side of the ball, clears the front leg and swats it away over long on for another maximum.

13.36

SIX! Gets a hold of this one and Gulbadin Naib has lift off! Banged in short and around off, Naib stays back in the crease and gets on top of the bounce before flat-batting the pull well over wide long on for a biggie.

13.24

FOUR! Heaved away! Fullish length outside off, Gulbadin Naib stays deep in the crease and heaves it off the inner half of the bat and the ball races into the mid-wicket fence.

13.11

Hard length around off, jagging back in a long way, Mohammad Nabi gets caught on the crease and gets an inside edge past leg stump to fine leg. They get a single.

13.11wd

WIDE! Good-length delivery, looking to slide one into the legs but spills it down leg for a wide.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 13 overs : 108/3

M Nabi1 (2)

G Naib2 (2)

W Sundar2-0-13-2

12.61

On a length and on the stumps, worked away with the spin past square leg for a single by Mohammad Nabi.

12.50

No hat-trick! Slower in the air and nicely flighted outside the line of off stump, Mohammad Nabi watchfully defends it out.

12.4W

OUT! CAUGHT! Straight to the man and Washington Sundar is on a hat-trick! Flatter one, on a length and turning in from around middle stump. Azmatullah Omarzai gets down on one knee and goes for the slog-sweep but doesn't connect it well. The ball goes flat and straight down the throat of Ravi Bishnoi at deep square leg and he makes no mistake. Azmatullah Omarzai goes for a golden duck.

Mohammad Nabi comes out to the middle at number 5.

Azmatullah Omarzai comes in next to bat.

12.41W+wd

OUT! STUMPED! Ibrahim Zadran just froze for a moment and has ended up paying a huge price. Nicely bowled from Washington Sundar as he sees Zadran coming down the pitch and drags it well short and down the leg side. Naib leaves it for a wide but just stands there before realizing he has to get back. Sanju Samson collects it well to his left and whips off the bails. The umpires go upstairs and the replays show that Zadran is just short of his crease and has to walk back after reaching his fifty.

12.31

Fuller one on middle and leg, swept away behind square on the leg side for a single.

12.21

Quicker and a bit shorter, bouncing a bit extra from outside off, Ibrahim Zadran hops back and dabs it in front of point for one. That brings up the FIFTY for the Afghan skipper.

12.16

SIX! Ibrahim Zadran gets one away! Quicker one just darted in on a length on middle and leg, Ibrahim Zadran picks the length early and swats it away over long on for a maximum.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 12 overs : 98/1

I Zadran43 (39)

G Naib1 (1)

R Bishnoi3-0-22-0

11.61

The googly, flatter and turning back in off a length, Ibrahim Zadran miscues it down to long off for a single.

11.51

On the stumps, nudged away toward mid-wicket for a quick single.

11.41

Excellent effort in the deep from Virat Kohli! Shorter in length and on the stumps, Ibrahim Zadran moves away to the off side and pulls it towards deep mid-wicket without much timing. Kohli comes charging in from the fence and dives forward but the ball falls short and Kohli is able to get his body behind it. Just the single then.

11.32

Shorter in length on leg stump, just holding in the deck, Ibrahim Zadran goes on the back foot and ends up chipping it in between long on and deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.

11.20

Fuller this time and on middle and leg, Ibrahim Zadran flicks it straight to mid-wicket. The pressure now mounting on Ibrahim Zadran and Afghanistan.

11.10

Flatter one around off, kept out on the off side.

Gulbadin Naib comes out to the middle at number 3. Also, it will be Ravi Bishnoi to bowl from the other end.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 11 overs : 93/1

R Gurbaz50 (32)

I Zadran39 (34)

K Yadav2-0-14-1

10.6W

OUT! CAUGHT! A blinder of a catch from Washington Sundar and Kuldeep Yadav has his man. Kuldeep dishes out another wide one but holds it back a touch. Rahmanullah Gurbaz reaches out and slaps it away straight to cover. Sundar is close in there and just plucks it out of thin air with both hands and over his head to send Gurbaz packing.

10.50

Kuldeep Yadav has fired this one across the right-hander at 119 clicks, Rahmanullah Gurbaz once again looks for the sweep but gets hit on the boot.

10.40

Gets it right this time, another wrong'un, pushed across the right-hander, Rahmanullah Gurbaz looks to fetch and sweep but misses.

10.41wd

WIDE! The wrong'un now, bowled flatter and well outside the line of off stump. Wide called.

10.36

SIX! FIFTY up for Rahmanullah Gurbaz and he is on the charge now. Tossed up outside off, Gurbaz gets well across the stumps to get inside the line and sweeps it off the top edge over the fine leg fence for a maximum.

10.21

Bowled flatter and outside off, this is played off the back foot through covers for a run.

10.10

Floated up on the stumps, Ibrahim Zadran looks to come down the track but has to adjust and pushes it out on the off side.

Drinks break! The Afghan openers have done quite a stellar job to be 85/0 at the halfway mark but they still need to take things up a few notches to have a real shout at chasing down this target. India have done well with the ball thus far and the spinners are proving to be fairly economical but they need wickets and can't just let Afghanistan keep on piling the runs. 128 needed off 60 balls now, can Afghanistan pull off a miracle? Let's find out.

Runs Scored 18 Runs

Score after 10 overs : 85/0

R Gurbaz44 (28)

I Zadran38 (32)

S Dube2-0-25-0

9.66

SIX! Dispatched! Short of a length and slower into the pitch, Rahmanullah Gurbaz waits for it patiently and takes it on and pulls it away over deep mid-wicket for a huge maximum to end the over.

9.54

FOUR! Clever! Bowls outside off and full, Rahmanullah Gurbaz shuffles across and this time he gets enough wood for a lap shot over short fine for a boundary!

9.42

On a back of a length outside off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz drags it to the leg side and plays it in the gap between deep-midwicket and long on for a couple.

9.31

Slowish and on off, Ibrahim Zadran eases it to long on for a single. They look for two but decide against it as Rinku Singh is very quick to attack the ball.

9.24

FOUR! Trying to be cheeky there Zadran! Goes fuller and slower with a back-of-a-hand delivery, Ibrahim Zadran moves across to lap it down fine leg but ends up catching the leading edge that flies over short third for a boundary.

9.11

Bowls on a hard length outside off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz drags it to the leg side off the back foot for a single towards deep mid-wicket.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 9 overs : 67/0

I Zadran33 (30)

R Gurbaz31 (24)

K Yadav1-0-6-0

8.60

Bowls on a flattish trajectory outside off, Ibrahim Zadran gets beaten again on the outside edge.

8.50

Bowls a wrong'un outside off and full, Ibrahim Zadran is beaten all ends up on that one.

8.41

Drops it on a shorter length on leg, Rahmanullah Gurbaz comfortably tucks it towards deep square for a single.

The ball seems to have just brushed the grill of Rahmanullah Gurbaz's helmet off the forearm and the physio comes out to perform a mandatory concussion check. Gurbaz is all fine and we are good to continue.

8.30

On a dragged length on the stump line, Rahmanullah Gurbaz sits on a knee for a sweep shot but misses to connect and it hits his pads. Kuldeep is interested for LBW but the umpire is unmoved.

8.24

EDGED AND FOUR! Drops it outside off and full, Rahmanullah Gurbaz looks to drive it through covers and ends up getting a thickish outside edge on that one which flies to the right of a leaping Rohit at first slip and races away to the third man region for a boundary.

8.11

Floats it up nicely and drops it full on leg, Ibrahim Zadran strides ahead and drives towards long on for a single.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 8 overs : 61/0

I Zadran32 (27)

R Gurbaz26 (21)

S Dube1-0-7-0

7.61

Ends up with a shortish delivery around off, Ibrahim Zadran punches it off the back foot towards point for a single to end the over.

7.51

Back of a length around off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz steers it to point and runs a single.

7.42

Bowls on a tad fuller length in front of the sticks, Rahmanullah Gurbaz flicks it towards deep mid-wicket and runs for a single. Virat Kohli is too quick on the ball and he rocket throws it towards the bowler's end. Good reflexes from Virat there. Two taken.

7.31

Slower and outside off on a good length, Ibrahim Zadran dabs it nicely to short third for a single.

7.21

Bangs in short and outside off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz looks to pull it away but does not get enough wood and plays it in the air. The ball lands just short ahead of deep mid-wicket for a single.

7.11

Shivam Dube comes into the attack and pitches it fuller on off, Ibrahim Zadran drags it to the leg side towards deep mid-wicket for a single.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 7 overs : 54/0

I Zadran29 (24)

R Gurbaz22 (18)

W Sundar1-0-3-0

6.61

Quicker again around off, Ibrahim Zadran tucks it nicely to fine leg for a single to end the over.

6.50

Flats it up outside off, Ibrahim Zadran plays and misses.

6.41

Gives it a bit of air on a back of a length and on middle, Rahmanullah Gurbaz rocks back and pushes it towards deep mid-wicket for a single.

6.30

A bit on fuller length and on middle, Rahmanullah Gurbaz hits it back to the bowler.

6.20

On a good length and on off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz guides it to square leg off the back foot.

6.11

Starts off and bowls on a fuller length around off, Ibrahim Zadran lunges ahead and pushes it with the spin to long on for a single.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 6 overs : 51/0

I Zadran27 (21)

R Gurbaz21 (15)

R Bishnoi2-0-17-0

5.61

Fires in on the pads and on a good length, Ibrahim Zadran tucks it behind square leg for a single to end the over.

5.51

Slides down leg and short, Rahmanullah Gurbaz uppishly pulls it towards deep square leg for a single. Gurbaz should have put that away into the stands.

5.40

Bowls on a shorter length again in the stump line, Rahmanullah Gurbaz punches it back to the bowler.

5.31

Drops a slider on a shorter length with no room, Ibrahim Zadran backs away and punches it towards long off for a single.

5.22

On a dragged length again in front of the stumps, Ibrahim Zadran clips it down to mid-wicket and steams for a couple of runs. He completes the second one on the dive.

5.11

Darts in on a shorter length down leg, Rahmanullah Gurbaz negotiates it well and pulls it towards short fine for a single.

Ravi Bishnoi (1-0-11-0) to continue.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 5 overs : 45/0

I Zadran23 (18)

R Gurbaz19 (12)

A Khan2-0-18-0

4.62

Just over! Banged in a bit short and over off stump, Ibrahim Zadran looks to flat-bat the pull but miscues it over mid on for a couple of runs.

4.54

FOUR! Picked-up and Shivam Dube should have done better. A half-volley around the pads, Ibrahim Zadran flicks it high up towards deep square leg. The ball plugs in the turf and Dube gave the chase a bit too early coming across from deep backward square leg and the ball trickles into the fence.

4.40

Goes a bit wide on the crease and bowls a heavy ball into the body, Ibrahim Zadran tucks it straight towards mid-wicket.

4.31

Short and wide, not much pace behind it away, cut away nicely but straight to deep point for a single.

4.21

On a hard length again and angled into the body, Ibrahim Zadran tucks it away behind square leg for one.

4.10

That one kept low! Slower one, just under 117 clicks and bowls on a hard length outside off. Ibrahim Zadran looks to drive off the back foot but is beaten all ends up.

Avesh Khan replaces Mukesh Kumar from the other end.

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 4 overs : 37/0

R Gurbaz18 (11)

I Zadran16 (13)

R Bishnoi1-0-11-0

3.60

Nicely bowled! Just holds it back a touch and floats the googly up on a length outside off. Rahmanullah Gurbaz with a half-prod forward but he is beaten past the inside edge.

3.51

Flatter one at the stumps, Ibrahim Zadran forces it off the back foot past the bowler and toward mid off for a quick single. Good running again!

3.42

Fuller one and on middle, Ibrahim Zadran tucks it away through mid-wicket and looks for two right away. The batters do well to get back for the second run.

3.34

FOUR! Excellent timing from Ibrahim Zadran! Short of a length around off, Zadran makes good use of the crease by backing away and then just slaps it away square through covers for another boundary.

3.20

The big wrong'un now, bowled flatter and outside off, Ibrahim Zadran taps it off the front foot to cover-point.

3.14

FOUR! Ravi Bishnoi comes in and gets put away first ball. Just too full and too full wide to begin with, Ibrahim Zadran leans on and thrashes it away through covers for a boundary.

Runs Scored 12 Runs

Score after 3 overs : 26/0

I Zadran5 (8)

R Gurbaz18 (10)

M Kumar2-0-16-0

2.61

Fuller in length and on the fifth stump line, Ibrahim Zadran strokes it away on the up to deep point for a run.

2.51

Back of a length and around off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz hops back and nudges it down with soft hands behind point for a quick single.

2.46

SIX! Up and over! Pitched up around off stump, Rahmanullah Gurbaz stays put, gets under the ball and lifts it straight back over the long off fence for a biggie.

2.30

Gurbaz looks to step out but the length gets dragged back and Gurbaz ends up just defending it on the off side.

2.24

FOUR! Flailed away! Not too short but there's width on offer and Rahmanullah Gurbaz throws his hands at it, hammering it over the cover region for a boundary.

2.10

Beaten! Fraction shorter in and around the off stump line, Rahmanullah Gurbaz is taken aback as the ball shoots off the deck and goes past the bat.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 2 overs : 14/0

I Zadran4 (7)

R Gurbaz7 (5)

A Khan1-0-10-0

1.62

Back of a length and outside off, Ibrahim Zadran stays leg side of the ball and slashes it away over the cover region without much timing. The fielder from inside the ring chases it down and keeps it down to a brace.

1.50

Takes pace off now, bowling it at just 117.5 clicks, on a hard length and outside off. Ibrahim Zadran looks to thump it away but gets a big inside edge as the ball rolls past the stumps. Zadran looks for one but he won't get it.

1.40

Back of a length and brings the line closer to the off stump, Ibrahim Zadran stands tall and pats it down to covers.

1.41wd

WIDE! Hits the deck hard and bowls it outside off, shaping further away, Ibrahim Zadran fails to get bat on it and a wide is called.

1.31

Hard length and outside off, Rahmanullah Gurbaz just runs it down to third man and picks up a single.

1.26

SIX! Rahmanullah Gurbaz is off the mark and how! Short of a length and angled in from wider of the crease, Gurbaz swivels on his toes and flat-bats the pull over deep square leg for a maximum.

1.10

Starts with a good-length delivery outside the line of off stump, Rahmanullah Gurbaz moves past the off stump but lets this one go through to the keeper.

Avesh Khan will bowl from the other end.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 1 overs : 4/0

I Zadran2 (4)

R Gurbaz0 (2)

M Kumar1-0-4-0

0.62

This is bowled full and on the pads, Ibrahim Zadran flicks it high off his legs and doesn't get the timing. The ball falls over mid-wicket and they pick up a couple of runs. Just 4 runs off the first over then.

0.50

Swing and a miss! Hits the deck hard and bowls it outside off, Ibrahim Zadran stays leg side of the ball and looks to open up the off side but is beaten by the extra bounce.

0.40

Pulls back the length now and keeps angling it into the body, Ibrahim Zadran stays put and tucks it to mid-wicket.

0.30

Pitches this one up on the stumps, angling it in, Ibrahim Zadran leans on and strokes it away to mid on.

0.32wd

TWO WIDES! A bit wayward from Mukesh Kumar and Afghanistan are underway. Good length again, this one starts on leg and angles down as Rahmanullah Gurbaz misses the flick. The ball moves by a diving Sanju Samson and the batters cross as well.

0.20

Right on the money! On a good length on off and shaping back in, Rahmanullah Gurbaz looks to drop it with soft hands in front of cover and set off for the run but Virat Kohli is quick to attack the ball and keeps Gurbaz in his crease.

0.10

Starts off with a back-of-a-length delivery that is bowled over middle stump and angling in. Rahmanullah Gurbaz hops back and nudges it down in front of mid-wicket.

Commentary

We are all set for the run chase! The umpires are back out in the middle and the Indian players can be seen in a huddle. Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmanullah Gurbaz are set to open the innings for Afghanistan as Rohit Sharma has not taken the field. It looks like Virat Kohli might be captaining for now. Mukesh Kumar will take the new ball for India and he is raring to go and Shubman Gill is on the field for Rohit.

... THE RUN CHASE ...

India has posted a mammoth total of 212 on the board and surely has an upper hand here. They will aim to bundle up the opposition as soon as possible. Whereas, Afghanistan has a tough task up its sleeves and has a very steep slope to climb. The run chase is just a few moments away. Stay tuned.

Afghanistan on the other hand, had Indian eyes lit up straightaway as they dismantled the Indian top order as Fareed Ahmad got rid of Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli and Sanju Samson with his excellent 3-fer. He ended up with brilliant figures by conceding only 20 in his spell when the others were being hammered away. Azmatullah Omarzai chipped in with a scalp of Shivam Dube and they had India on the back foot in the first half. But, the tables turned sooner as the debutant Mohammad Saleem was taken to the cleaners and the Afghanistan bowlers sort of lost their momentum halfway into the innings and offered freebies to Rohit and Rinku. The last five overs proved to be an absolute nightmare for them and it was a poor execution after a brilliant initiation. Afghanistan couldn't take any wickets after the fifth over of the innings and just leaked runs all over the ground.

Wow, just wow! That was power-hitting of the highest quality. We have witnessed a scintillating knock by the Indian skipper Rohit Sharma after losing four wickets in the initial stages on the mere score of 22. India saw the early departures including Yashasvi Jaiswal, followed by Virat Kohli and Sanju Samson, both of whom were dismissed without scoring a run. The next to fall was Shivam Dube, who had effortlessly smashed sixes in the previous game. Rohit Sharma, coming into this game on the back of a couple of ducks, started off a bit tentatively but sooner got into his groove along with Rinku Singh, who, equally contributed crucial runs in the partnership. India rebuilt pretty well as the two started taking the bowlers apart with some brutal hits out of the park and complemented each other brilliantly. India had an exceptional recovery as Rohit garnered a brilliant century and scored his highest T20I score. Rinku Singh, as calm as a cucumber, accumulated a phenomenal FIFTY. He scored a blistering 69 and 36 coming off the last over. Rinku Singh and Rohit Sharma together struck 14 sixes. India garnered 103 runs in the last five overs and also breached the 200 mark which, looked impossible to achieve at the start.

Runs Scored 36 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 212/4

R Singh69 (39)

R Sharma121 (69)

K Janat3-0-54-0

19.66

SIX! Make that five maximums and 36 runs off the over! What an epic finish from India and Afghanistan have been left red-faced here. Karim Janat changes the angle by coming in from around the stumps and digs it in a bit short and angling into the hitting arc. Rinku Singh stays put and just swivels on it a bit before pulling it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. India finish with a mammoth total of 212/4 on the board!

19.56

SIX MORE! 30 off the over with a ball to go. Karim Janat with yet another juicy full toss and Rinku Singh just slogs it away as the ball flies over the mid-wicket fence for a fourth maximum in the over.

19.46

SIX! And out of nowhere, the 200 is up for India! This has been some partnership and some hitting from these two. Serves it full on the pads, Rinku Singh flicks it off the legs and gets it over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum.

19.31

Gets the wide yorker in this time, Rohit Sharma opens the face of the bat and guides it straight to short third for a single.

19.26

SIX! BANG! Full and wide but right in the slot again, Rohit Sharma once again hangs deep in the crease and clobbers the ball right back over the bowler's head for another big maximum. This is now Sharma's highest score in T20Is!

19.27nb

NO BALL AND SIX! The ball has smashed into the roof and has taken a real pounding that ball. Another juicy full toss outside off, Rohit Sharma stays deep in the crease and whacks it away right off the meat of the bat over the long on fence and into the roof of the stadium for a mammoth blow. What is worse for Afghanistan is that Karim Janat has overstepped and it will be a Free Hit to follow.

19.14

FOUR! Cheeky and just too good from Rohit Sharma. Full and wide but it is a low full toss, Sharma just walks past the stumps and laps it past square leg for a boundary.

Karim Janat will bowl the last over of the innings.

Runs Scored 22 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 176/4

R Singh51 (36)

R Sharma104 (65)

A Omarzai4-0-33-1

18.66

SIX! What a way to bring up the FIFTY from Rinku Singh! Right in the slot again around off, Singh gets under it and thumps it over the long off fence for a biggie. 22 off that over and India in overdrive mode here.

18.51

A juicy full toss outside off, Rohit Sharma misses out and slaps it down to long off for just a single.

18.44

FOUR! HUNDRED FOR ROHIT SHARMA! What a knock this has been from the Indian skipper and he has turned adversity into joy. This is full and wide, a bit too full, Rohit Sharma reaches out and slices the low full toss as the ball races away to the backward point fence. A fifth T20I century for Rohit, the most in the men's game.

18.34

FOUR! Slower one but Rohit Sharma deals with it well. Takes pace off and bowls it into the deck over leg stump, Rohit just rolls his wrists over the ball and gets it to the fine leg fence fo four more run. Moves to 99 now.

18.26

SIX! High and mighty and Rohit Sharma is one more big hit away from the century now. Azmatullah Omarzai misses his mark with the yorker and serves it in the slot on middle and leg. Rohit takes the front leg out of the way and smokes it well over deep mid-wicket for a biggie.

18.11

Very full and outside off, Rinku Singh crocuhes a bit and drives it away along the ground to deep cover for a single.

Azmatullah Omarzai will bowl the penultimate over of the innings.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 154/4

R Sharma89 (61)

R Singh44 (34)

F Ahmad4-0-20-3

17.62

Full and outside off, Rohit Sharma fetches the ball and heaves it away to wide long on for a couple of runs more.

17.54

FOUR! Nicely done by Rohit Sharma. Gets the yorker in Fareed Ahmad but the line is a bit too straight, Rohit stays deep in the crease and clips it away wide of short fine leg for a boundary.

17.41

Banged in short and over the stumps, Rinku Singh swivels and pulls it away to fine leg for yet another single. Good bowling this from Fareed Ahmad, bowling to his field.

17.31

Full and wide, right in the blockhole, Rohit Sharma stays leg side of the bat and reaches out to guide it on the full with an angled bat but can't get it past short third. Just the single then.

17.21

Short of a length and angled into the body, Rinku Singh flat-bats it straight towards deep backward square leg for one more.

17.11

Back of a length and outside off, Rohit Sharma cuts it hard off the back foot and Gulbadin Naib gets a good hand on it behind point to his right. That takes pace off and deflects it straight to deep point and the batters get one run.

Fareed Ahmad is back into the attack now.

Runs Scored 13 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 144/4

R Sharma81 (57)

R Singh42 (32)

K Janat2-0-18-0

16.61

Pace off, dragged down and pushed wide of the off stump, Rohit Sharma stays rooted and reaches out before toe-ending it down to long off for one.

16.51

Another one that is aimed in at the toes, Rinku Singh clips it away to deep square leg for a single.

16.41

Excellent comeback delivery from Karim Janat as he gets the yorker in right at the toes. Rohit Sharma digs it out to the vacant square leg region for one. They look for two but decide against it as the bowler is quick to get to the ball.

16.36

SIX! Stand and deliver and Rohit Sharma is lining up the 100 now! Hard length outside off, a bit in the slot and Rohit just hangs deep in the crease before carving it over wide long off for a maximum.

16.20

Gets this one spot on! Right in the blockhole and at the stumps, Rohit Sharma jams it out to the bowler.

16.14

FOUR! Way too full, ends up being a low full toss around off, Rohit Sharma frees his arms and gets under it before slicing it over cover-point for a boundary.

Runs Scored 22 Runs

Score after 16 overs : 131/4

R Singh41 (31)

R Sharma69 (52)

M Saleem3-0-43-0

15.64

FOUR! 22 runs come off that never-ending over and the debutant is been hit for plenty. Pitched up on the off stump, Rinku Singh gets on the front foot and punches it firmly on the up past mid off for a boundary.

15.61wd

WIDE! Looks to go full and wide at 141 clicks but just misses his mark and spills it beyond the tramline.

15.51

Full on middle and leg, heaved away off the inner half of the bat towards deep mid-wicket for only another single.

15.41

Good cricket all-round! Slower one, bowled on a good length and angled well across, Rinku Singh waits for it well and plays it wide of the man at short third. Karim Janat there scampers and dives in to get a hand on it. Just the single then.

15.31

Ouch, that must have hurt! Pacy delivery, banged in back of a length and over off stump, Rohit Sharma looks to heave across the line but gets hurried on. The ball takes the top edge and goes right into the side of the helmet before rolling behind point. They get a single which is given as leg byes.

There is a bit of a halt in the proceedings as Rohit Sharma has been hit on the grill of his helmet trying to play the pull shot. The Indian physio is out in no time to check Rohit according to the protocols. He looks fine to continue.

15.31wd

WIDE! Free Hit to continue! Back of a length and pushed well wide of the off stump, left alone for a wide.

15.33nb

No ball! Another high full toss and this time a no ball is called. On the hips, Rohit Sharma flicks it away towards deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs. That one seemed to be fair enough but the previous call might have played a role in this one. Free Hit coming up..

15.26

SIX! Oh, boy, that is a huge one! Banged in short now, overcompensating for the previous delivery. Rohit Sharma gets across the stumps a bit again and muscles it right over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie.

15.14

FOUR! The new bat seems to be firing fine. Too full and too straight, Rohit Sharma gets inside the line and just helps it past the fielder at short fine for a boundary.

Rohit Sharma wants a change of bat and there is just a slight hold-up in the proceedings. Rohit gets a different willow and we can now continue.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 15 overs : 109/4

R Sharma55 (47)

R Singh36 (29)

K Janat1-0-5-0

14.61

Outside off and on a back of a length this time, Rohit Sharma stays in the crease and lofts it over the widish long off but ends up slicing it. They cross for a single.

14.50

Swing and a miss! Outside off and on a nagging length, Rohit Sharma swings hard to go over the covers but misses to connect.

14.41

Tries to york it but ends up bowling a full toss on middle, Rinku Singh flicks it nicely towards deep square leg for a single.

14.31

Off-pace delivery on off and a bit short, Rohit Sharma waits for it and punches it off the back foot towards point for a single.

14.21

Short and an off-cutter on leg, Rinku Singh flicks it to mid-wicket for a single. He wants to steal another but is sent back by Rohit Sharma on a good call.

14.11

Over the wicket and a full toss around off, Rohit Sharma advances ahead and drives it towards extra cover for a single.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 14 overs : 104/4

R Sharma52 (43)

R Singh34 (27)

M Saleem2-0-21-0

13.61

Full toss and it seems it is over the waist height, Rohit Sharma swivels across and somehow manages to pull it towards deep square leg for a single. Rohit Sharma is animated as he thinks it is clearly above the waist and the replays do indicate that it was high enough.

13.51

On a back of a length this time and on the stump line, Rinku Singh simply tucks it off the back foot towards mid-wicket for a single.

13.41

Fuller and on the pads, Rohit Sharma turns it nicely to the deep square leg for a single.

13.31

Outside off and a bit short, Rinku Singh lofts it over covers and the ball lands in the deep cover for a single.

13.22

Bangs in short and in the bodyline, Rinku Singh pulls it towards deep mid-wicket and shoots off for a single. Rohit Sharma is quick to call for a double and they complete in time. Good running there.

13.21wd

WIDE! Too short and slow which goes over Rinku Singh's head and dies on the bounce. Wided.

13.10

Over the wicket and nails a yorker on leg, Rinku Singh digs it back to the bowler.

Runs Scored 16 Runs

Score after 13 overs : 97/4

R Sharma50 (41)

R Singh30 (23)

Q Ahmad4-0-28-0

12.64

FOUR! FIFTY FOR THE INDIAN SKIPPER! Qais drops it short and on off, Rohit Sharma employs the reverse sweep and pierces the gap between backward point and third man for a boundary. What an innings from him!

12.50

On a good length and on off, Rohit Sharma plays it to the covers.

12.41

Bowls a leg break on middle, Rinku Singh pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single.

12.36

SIX! Goes big and downtown! That's a brutal shot! Overpitched delivery and outside off, Rinku Singh picks the wrong one early and gets down on his knee and launches it down the ground for half a dozen. The ball is traveling out of the ground now.

12.21

On a short length and outside off, Rohit Sharma punches it to widish long off for a single.

12.14

FOUR! He is looking unstoppable now! Pitched on a length outside off, Rohit Sharma gets down on a knee and sweeps it square of the wicket to the leg side for a boundary.

Runs Scored 16 Runs

Score after 12 overs : 81/4

R Sharma41 (37)

R Singh23 (21)

S Ashraf2-0-25-0

11.61

Short and outside off, Rohit Sharma makes some room and thrashes it down the ground for a single towards long on.

11.56

SIX! He is on a charge now! Pitched on a length outside off, Rohit Sharma gets in position quickly and plays a switch hit towards backward point for another biggie! That's two in two for the skipper.

11.46

SIX! It is long enough! Flights it short and on the stump line, Rohit Sharma backs away early and just pulls it over the cow corner for a maximum. It didn't came from the middle but India will take it.

11.31

Short and at 101 clicks outside off, Rinku Singh is quick on the back foot and pulls it nicely along the ground towards deep mid-wicket for a single.

11.21

Slower and outside off on a fuller length, Rohit Sharma advances down the track and hits it along the ground towards long of for a single.

11.11

Over the wicket and drops it short on leg, Rinku Singh comfortably sweeps it to backward square for a single.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 11 overs : 65/4

R Singh21 (19)

R Sharma27 (33)

Q Ahmad3-0-12-0

10.61

Short and on off, Rinku Singh pulls it off the back foot towards deep mid-wicket for a single.

10.50

Short and outside off, Rinku Singh chops it off the back foot.

10.52wd

TWO WIDES! Just loses grip of the ball a bit and drags a quicker one well down the leg side. Rahmanullah Gurbaz also spills it and the batters get across for an extra run.

10.40

A quicker one from Qais outside off, Rohit Sharma is down on his knee to sweep it away but it goes past his bat and hits Gurbaz on his thigh pad.

10.30

On a shorter length again and on middle, Rohit Sharma plays it off the back foot to backward point.

10.20

Flights it up well in front of the stumps on a fuller length, Rohit Sharma strides ahead and looks to play it to the leg side but closes his face of the bat early and takes a leading edge towards short cover.

10.11

Over the wicket and shorter around off, Rinku Singh pulls it off the back foot to widish long on for a single.

It's time for a quick breather and what an hour or so of play we have had here at Chinnaswamy! India would definitely need that pause as they were rocked early losing four wickets upfront. Of what looked like a high-scoring pitch, India started off with losing Jaiswal early and he was followed by Virat Kohli and Sanju Samson, both getting out on golden ducks. The next to depart was Shivam Dube, who smoked sixes like a cakewalk in the previous game. Rohit Sharma and Rinku Singh are out in the middle and they have faired well against the tide. They would aim to build a good partnership from here. Afghanistan came up with a plan to bowl on hard lengths and stuck to it and executed them pretty well. Fareed Ahmed has picked a brilliant 3-fer and has had the Indian eyes lit up. An interesting next half of the first innings is on the cards. Stay tuned.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 10 overs : 61/4

R Sharma27 (30)

R Singh19 (16)

S Ashraf1-0-9-0

9.60

Short and wide outside off, Rohit Sharma cuts off the back foot but hits it straight to the man at covers.

9.51

Short around leg stump this time, tucked away off the hips through backward square leg for yet another single.

9.41

Bowled well short and outside off, Rohit Sharma punches it off the back foot to sweeper cover and rotates the strike.

9.31

Shorter again and turning into the body, Rinku Singh works it away past square leg for a single.

9.24

FOUR! Hammered away! Shorter and turning in from around off, Rinku Singh is quick to rock back and muscles the ball away in between deep mid-wicket and long on to perfection to pick up a boundary.

9.12

Misfield and they will get an extra run. Sharafuddin Ashraf starts from over the wicket and bowls it short on the pads, Rinku Singh works it away wide of short fine leg where the fielder dives in and lets the ball through to allow the second run.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 9 overs : 52/4

R Singh11 (12)

R Sharma26 (28)

Q Ahmad2-0-8-0

8.61

On the shorter side and outside off, Rinku Singh goes on the back foot and plays it to deep cover for one more.

8.51

Rohit Sharma pre-meditates the reverse sweep and Qais Ahmad deliberately pulls the length back bowling it at the body. Rohit manages to just work it 'round the corner and he picks up a quick single.

8.41

Short and outside off, cut away hard to deep point for one and the 50 comes up for India.

8.30

A huge, huge appeal and finally the finger goes up. Rinku Singh though reviews it immediately. This looked like the slider from Qais Ahmad, bowled at 92 clicks on a nagging length around middle and leg and just coming on. Rinku Singh looks to lean forward and bit and work it leg side but the ball turns in a touch and raps him on the pads. This one does look pretty adjacent but UltraEdge shows that there is a faint inside edge even though it looks like there is a faint gap between bat and ball. However, the third umpire concludes that there is an edge and the decision is overturned.

8.20

Bowls it flatter and outside off, looking to turn it back into the left-hander. Rinku Singh hangs back and taps it to point.

8.11

Tossed up outside off, Rohit Sharma steps out and hits it firmly down to long off for a run.

Runs Scored 14 Runs

Score after 8 overs : 48/4

R Sharma24 (26)

R Singh9 (8)

M Saleem1-0-14-0

7.61

Back of a length and around off, Rohit Sharma hops onto the back foot and nudges it down from close to the body towards third man for a single.

7.56

SIX! Short but not short enough to bother a supreme puller like Rohit Sharma. Takes pace off and bowls it halfway into the deck, Rohit picks the length and waits on it well before muscling it over deep mid-wicket for a biggie.

7.41

Pace on again and banged in short at the batter, Rinku Singh looks to come forward and take it on but miscues the pull behind square leg for one.

7.36

SIX! Nonchalantly done by Rinku Singh! Full and on the legs at 142.6 clicks, Rinku brings his wrists into play and just picks it up and flicks it over the fine leg fence for a maximum.

7.20

Steams in and bowls it quick and into the deck over the stumps, Rinku Singh pulls it down to mid-wicket.

7.10

Half an appeal for LBW which is turned down but the bowler is much more interested. This is pitched up around the leg stump line and pushed across the stumps, Rinku Singh looks to flick it away but misses and gets a thud on the pads. Mohammad Saleem reckons he has his man but Rahmanullah Gurbaz, the keeper says that it is pitching outside leg. They do go for the review but the timer has run out.

Mohammad Saleem, the debutant is into the attack now.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 7 overs : 34/4

R Sharma17 (24)

R Singh2 (4)

Q Ahmad1-0-4-0

6.60

Nicely floated up on middle and leg, Rohit Sharma leans on to defend with soft hands.

6.54

FOUR! A touch too short and Rohit Sharma doesn't let it go unpunished. Dragged down over middle stump, Rohit rocks back and pulls it away wide of mid on for a boundary.

6.40

Flatter one now and Rohit Sharma goes for the reverse sweep yet again and fails to get it past the point region.

6.30

Trying to be cheeky there Rohit Sharma. On the shorter side and on the stumps, Sharma attempts the reverse dab but miscues it well wide of first slip.

6.20

That one turned square! Shortens the length a bit and bowls it outside off, the ball pitches and spins away sharply as Rohit Sharma doesn't play at it.

6.10

Turn straightaway! Nicely floated up on a nagging length and outside off, the ball just grips and turns away as Rohit Sharma pulls out of the block.

Time for spin as Qais Ahmad comes into the attack now!

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 6 overs : 30/4

R Singh2 (4)

R Sharma13 (18)

A Omarzai3-0-11-1

5.62

Great commitment in the deep! Nice and full on the legs, Rinku Singh clips it away with good timing and in front of deep mid-wicket as well but the fielder speeds across the turf and dives in to save a couple of runs.

5.51

Hard length in the channel outside off, Rohit Sharma taps it in front of point and races across for a quick single.

5.51wd

WIDE! Good take behind the stumps from Rahmanullah Gurbaz! Good length, spilled well down the leg side for a wide.

5.40

Fuller in length and on the stumps again, Rohit Sharma looks to hit through the line of the ball but gets a big inside edge onto the pads.

5.30

Risky, very risky from Rohit Sharma! Drags the length back and bowls it over middle, angling it back in, Rohit shimmies down the pitch and has a big swipe across the line but misses it completely.

5.20

Pitches it right up on off and middle, Rohit Sharma shows the full face of the bat and defends it on the front foot.

5.14

FOUR! Cut and cut really hard! Just a fraction short and wide, Rohit Sharma latches onto the width and slaps it away past point for a boundary.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 5 overs : 22/4

R Singh0 (3)

R Sharma8 (13)

F Ahmad3-0-10-3

4.60

On a good length and angling into the right-hander, Rinku Singh defends it back to the bowler. An end of a successful over from Fareed Ahmad.

4.50

Holds on the nagging length and a bit short, Rinku Singh looks to tuck it away towards square leg but he is hit on the pads. A bit of yes or no from the batters and they decide to abort the run.

4.40

Back of a length and around off, Rinku Singh pushes it towards cover.

Rinku Singh is the new man in.

4.3W

OUT! CAUGHT! Sanju Samson departs on a golden duck and India are four down on just 22! Short ball into the pitch, Sanju Samson goes for a big one right away and loses his shape completely on that one, and gets a leading edge which flies straight in front Mohammad Nabi who is stationed at covers and he takes a good grab. India are reeling at the moment as Fareed Ahmad picks up his third wicket.

4.21

Back of a length again around off, Rohit Sharma steers it to third man for a single.

4.10

Short and on off, Rohit Sharma looks to pull but misses.

Sanju Samson walks out to bat with India in a spot of bother.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 4 overs : 21/3

S Dube1 (6)

R Sharma7 (11)

A Omarzai2-0-3-1

3.6W

OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Shivam Dube departs now! India are rocked early! Back of a length and Azmatullah Omarzai gets this one to move further away outside off, Shivam Dube looks to defend it but gets an outside edge which flies to the left of Rahmanullah Gurbaz who takes a fine catch behind the wickets. Dube perishes cheaply and Afghanistan are right on the top of proceedings now.

3.51

In the air...and safe! No timing at all on that one. Length delivery into the pitch and right into the slot of Rohit, he looks to go over the mid-wicket boundary and ends up hitting on the bottom half of the blade and the ball lobs up in the air but lands in the safe zone somewhere over mid on. They cross for a single.

3.40

Another one on a hard length with a hint of an outswing after pitching, Rohit Sharma stands tall and hits it straight to cover.

3.31lb

Bowls on a tight length on the pads and does not give him any room, Shivam Dube looks to flick it but misses and ends up getting hit on the pads. They cross for a leg-bye single.

3.20

On a back of a length angling into the batter again, Shivam Dube looks to work it towards leg side but gets a thud on his pads.

3.10

Over the wicket and on a hard length which swings into the batter, Shivam Dube defends it to mid off.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 3 overs : 19/2

S Dube1 (2)

R Sharma6 (9)

F Ahmad2-0-9-2

2.61

Onto the pads on a back of a length, Shivam Dube gets off the mark nudging it away to backward square leg for a single.

2.50

On a back of a length outside off, Shivam Dube defends it to mid off.

Shivam Dube walks in to face the hat-trick delivery.

2.4W

OUT! CAUGHT! Would you believe it? Virat departs on the first ball and there's a pin drop silence at Chinnaswamy! Bowls it on a hard length that sits up a bit, Virat Kohli is hurried into the shot and looks to pull it away. He ends up getting it off the higher part of the bat as the ball lobs straight up in the air and Ibrahim Zadran takes a crucial catch at mid off moving to his right. Virat Kohli is dejected and so are the fans at Chinnaswamy as they see their icon departing on a golden duck. India struggling at the moment.

Virat Kohli walks in at number 3.

2.3W

OUT! CAUGHT! That's a brilliant catch from Mohammad Nabi in the deep and India lose their first wicket. Bowls on a nagging length around middle and leg corridor, Yashasvi Jaiswal gets in position to smash it away over the leg side but does not get enough wood on it and ends up slicing it a bit. The ball stays in the air for a fair bit of time. Mohammad Nabi settles under it and takes a good grab around the mid-wicket region. Yashasvi Jaiswal departs early.

2.21

Pace off a bit on that one and on a back of a length at the stump line, Rohit Sharma tucks it away nicely to mid-wicket for a single.

2.14

FOUR! And it's from Rohit's willow! This is pitched around middle and off on a back of a length and angling away, Rohit Sharma stands tall and gets enough wood on it and carves it to the deep backward point region for a boundary.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 2 overs : 13/0

Y Jaiswal4 (5)

R Sharma1 (7)

A Omarzai1-0-2-0

1.60

Short and nipping away from off, Yashasvi Jaiswal stays rooted in the crease and punches it towards covers off the back foot.

1.50

Pitches this one on a nagging length again around middle-leg, Yashasvi Jaiswal gets on top of the ball and hits it straight to the point fielder. Still couldn't find the gap there.

1.40

Slides away after pitching on the off stump channel on a good length, Yashasvi Jaiswal slashes it towards point.

1.31

A bit of an outswing on offer on a good length outside off, Rohit Sharma finally gets off the mark with a dab towards the third man region with a single.

1.20

Another dot. Azmatullah Omarzai bowls on a nagging length which moves into the right-hander from off, Rohit Sharma comfortably flicks it towards short mid-wicket.

1.11

Starts off with a hint of an inward movement on a good length in front of the middle stump, Yashasvi Jaiswal tucks it away towards square leg for a single.

Azmatullah Omarzai to bowl from the other end. Also, while changing ends, Rohit Sharma asks the umpire whether he gave the first boundary off the thigh pad as there was bat involved and the skipper even jokes about how he has got two ducks in the last two outings.

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 1 overs : 11/0

R Sharma0 (5)

Y Jaiswal3 (1)

F Ahmad1-0-3-0

0.60

Ends with a back of a length ball outside off, Rohit Sharma looks to lap it but misses.

0.54lb

FOUR LEG BYES! Still not off the mark there. Bowls on a nagging length angling down leg, Rohit Sharma misses on the glance and it wears on his thigh pads to the fine leg fence for another leg bye boundary.

0.40

Play and a miss! Back of a length again and angling away after pitching, Rohit Sharma looks to defend on the front foot and misses it through to the keeper.

0.30

Back of a length around off, Rohit Sharma steers it down to the point region.

0.24lb

FOUR LEG BYES! On a good length angling into the pads, Rohit Sharma looks to flick it away to the leg side but gets thud on the pads and the ball ricochets and runs away to the fence for four leg-byes. The replays show that there was an inside edge and Sharma is a bit unlucky to still not have gotten off the mark in the series.

0.13

Finds the gap straightaway! Starts off with a short delivery outside off, Yashasvi Jaiswal rides on the bounce and pierces the gap between cover and point, the fielder in the deep slides and does well to save one run for the team.

All in readiness for the game to begin! The two umpires are out in the middle and so are the two Indian openers, skipper Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal. Fareed Ahmad has the new ball in hand and will get proceedings underway here. Let's play...

Ibrahim Zadran, the captain of Afghanistan says that they would have bowled first and will look to execute their plans. Adds that so far there have been a lot of positives from this series and they will try to have a good one. Adds that they have made as many as four changes with Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Noor Ahmad not playing.

The Indian skipper, Rohit Sharma says that they will bat first as they have bowled in the first two games and now they want to try different things. It has nothing to do with the pitch and they want to try out different combinations and test the bench strength. It has been a good series and it's another good opportunity for them to end the series on a positive note. Ends by informing that Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh and Jitesh Sharma are out and Sanju Samson, Kuldeep Yadav and Avesh Khan are in.

Afghanistan (Playing XI) - Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Ibrahim Zadran (C), Azmatullah Omarzai, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Gulbadin Naib, Sharafuddin Ashraf (In for Mujeeb Ur Rahman), Qais Ahmad (In for Noor Ahmad), Mohammad Saleem (On T20 debut) (In for Naveen-ul-Haq), Fareed Ahmad (In for Fazalhaq Farooqi).

India (Playing XI) - Rohit Sharma (C), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Shivam Dube, Sanju Samson (WK) (In for Jitesh Sharma), Rinku Singh, Washington Sundar, Ravi Bishnoi, Kuldeep Yadav (In for Axar Patel), Avesh Khan (In for Arshdeep Singh), Mukesh Kumar.

TOSS - The flip of the coin lands in favor of India and Rohit Sharma has opted to BAT first.

PITCH REPORT - Deep Dasgupta is pitchside. He starts by saying that the ground is fairly above sea level and it is 60 meters and 66 meters on either side of the wicket with the straight boundary being 70 meters. Nick Knight joins him and says that at first glance, it looks like there are a lot of cracks but when you take a second look at it, the pitch is hard and there is some grass, and will be slightly two-paced. Reckons there are runs to be scored and India might want to bat first. DDS ends by saying that pace-off might be the way to go on this surface.

As for the tourists, things haven’t worked out in their favor this whole series as they have struggled to contain the Indian batters and have been pretty expensive with the ball in hand. They are definitely missing the services of their superstar spin maestro Rashid Khan. His void was felt in this series as he has the potential to turn the course of the match single-handedly. Their batters will need to build a strong foundation up top and play attacking cricket to pressure the hosts. In the form of Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmanullah Gurbaz, they do have a fearless opening pair but the top two need to play responsibly and step up and end this series on a positive note. Right then, the anticipation is building higher and higher and one can expect a galore of sixes and fours at the Chinnaswamy. Stay tuned as the Toss and the team sheets are just around the corner.

India have been rock solid thus far in the series and even when the opposition has looked dangerous, they have been able to come out on top with ease. Shivam Dube has been consistent in both games and has unleashed his potential with an aggressive approach and hitting with absolute precision. Arshdeep Singh and Axar Patel will aim to keep things tidy just as they have done so far. Indian skipper Rohit Sharma would like to have some runs by his name in this game as this is the last T20I for India before they enter the T20 World Cup, 2024 later this year in June. With Virat Kohli playing his habitual colossal strokes and Rinku Singh being consistent, the Indian batting order looks nothing less than lethal. With the series in the bag, we might just see a few changes to the Playing XI as well.

Hello and a warm welcome to our coverage of the 3rd and the final T20I between India and Afghanistan which is taking place at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. India has already clinched the three-match series in a comprehensive way and leads by 2-0. Sixes and fours rained havoc at the Holkar Stadium in Indore as the two Indian southpaws, extremely talented Yashasvi Jaiswal, and the strong bloke Shivam Dube stepped up and helped India chase down a decent total of 172, with their 68 and 63 runs respectively. The visitors have threatened at times but haven't been able to take control of the two matches gone by and will be hoping to avoid a whitewash.

... MATCH DAY ...

The Chinnaswamy is all in readiness to witness an exciting clash between India and Afghanistan for the 3rd and the final T20I. India has already clinched the series 2-0 and has outplayed the tourists prodigiously. But this time, it's the youngsters who have stepped up and performed. The two southpaws, Yashasvi Jaiswal, and Shivam Dube batted with lightning speed at Indore and struck some mesmerizing strokes, taking the Afghan spinners to the cleaners and smoking the ball out of the park. Also, the two happen to be the leading run-scorers in the series by far. The crowd roared at its pinnacle as they got to witness Virat Kohli after a long wait in the shortest format. Though his stay at the crease was not long enough, he did play some eye-catching shots upfront and marked his statement. India chased down the target of 173 quite comfortably with around four overs to spare and didn't give Afghanistan any breathing space. Indian bowlers too, stepped up and picked crucial timely wickets and will aim to continue the same further. As for the visitors, Gulbadin Naib looked attacking but, he was stranded alone. Afghan spinners were pretty expensive as they were the victims of the Dube-Jaiswal onslaught. The void of Rashid Khan's experience is being felt by the Afghans. Now, coming into the third and final game, Afghanistan will look to finish the series on a consolation and keep their spirits higher. Given that Chinnaswamy is a relatively smaller ground, boundary scoring is anticipated to be abundant and a treat for the batters. We can also expect to see a few changes in both teams as they might want to test the bench strength too. India has the opportunity to whitewash Afghanistan and would aim to continue the brute force with the bat as this is their final T20I game before entering into the T20 World Cup in June later this year, so they will definitely bring their A-game. Will India sweep the series or will Afghanistan prevent the whitewash? Let the games begin...