Rohit's Daddy Hundred Gives India Comprehensive Win
India 364-5 (Rohit 150) beat
Afghanistan 211-8 (Mangal 60) by 153 runs
World Cup, warm-up game, Adelaide
Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane played dazzling innings as India thumped Afghanistan by 153 runs in a clinical display of batting and bowling on a flat wicket in a World Cup warm-up match in Adelaide.
India, who chose to bat on a good strip after winning the toss, didn’t have the best of starts as both Shikhar Dhawan (4) and Virat Kohli (5) were dismissed cheaply.
Suresh Raina (75) and Sharma (150) steadied the ship and picked the innings up from 16 for two in the fourth over to 174 before Raina was run out in the 29th over by Mohammad Nabi.
Sharma smashed 12 fours and seven sixes during his knock of 150 while Raina was impressive, having scored five fours and three sixes.
The carnage continued with Rahane (88 not out) continuing his sublime form and finishing unbeaten with a strike rate of 144.26 as India ended on a mammoth 364 for five.
MS Dhoni (10), who walked out in the 40th over, missed out on another opportunity to get his bearings right before the big game against Pakistan on Sunday.
For Afghanistan, Hamid Hassan (1-49), Dawlat Zadan (1-66), Shapoor Zadran (1-58) and skipper, Nabi (1-62) were among the wickets, although Mirwais Ashraf (0-29) was the most economical.
Afghanistan’s top order was reasonably solid in the chase before eventually losing their way.
Star batsman Nawroz Mangal (60) was the top scorer putting on 63 with opening batsman Usman Ghani (44) for the second wicket and another 60-run partnership with Asghar Stanikzai (20) for the third wicket.
Once Mangal departed, Afghanistan had no one to steer the chase, eventually finishing on 211 for eight in their allotted 50 overs. All the Indian bowlers had a good outing.
Mohit Sharma (2-40) impressed after being picked as replacement for Ishant Sharma in the squad.
Umesh Yadav (1-35) was also immaculate. Ravindra Jadeja (2-38), Ravichandran Ashwin (1-37) and Raina (1-9) all got an opportunity to turn their arm over and get some vital match practice.
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