CWC 2019 Recap: Shami's hat-trick saves India embarrassment against Afghanistan
A Cricket World series, CWC 2019 Recap looks at all the high-octane encounters from the last year's ODI World Cup: from Jofra Archer's bouncers to Rohit Sharma's hundreds and from Mitchell Starc's yorkers to Virat Kohli's antics.
India 224-8 (50 Overs) [Kohli(c) 67(63), Kedar Jadhav 52(68); Nabi 2/33, Naib 2/51]
Afghanistan 213/10 (49.5 Overs) [Nabi 52(55), Rahmat 36(63); Shami 4/40, Chahal 2/36]
Result- India won by 11 runs
After electing to bowl first at Hampshire, India were surprised to find a surface that was quite slow and runs were way harder to come by than they would have expected. The in-form Rohit Sharma was cleaned up Mujeeb early on and upping the ante was a struggle for India from there on.
Virat Kohli, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav all kept rebuilding for a large phase and when the time to accelerate arrived, India lost wickets at regular intervals and hence could only manage 224. Dhoni, in particular, received a lot of flak for going into his shell.
In the chase, each of Gulbadin Naib, Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi got starts and ensured that Afghanistan were ahead in the game, but with a couple of quick wickets in his second spell, Jasprit Bumrah brought India back into the match.
With 16 required off the last over and Mohammad Nabi at the crease, India entrusted Mohammad Shami, who was playing his first match of the World Cup, to bowl the last over. Backing up his one wicket in the first spell, Shami kept his cool and delivered three back to back deliveries close enough to the yorker length to dismiss the batsmen.
The hat-trick saved India embarrassment as they won the game by a close margin of 11 runs.