Team India beat Afghanistan in the third T20I at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday, January 17, but not in the manner they would have expected. The Men in Blue had to play two Super Overs to complete a 3-0 series win over Afghanistan.
Shivam Dube (60 not out off 40 & 1/9) and Axar Patel (2/23) played starring roles as India beat Afghanistan by six wickets in the first T20I at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Thursday, January 11.
On expected lines, senior cricketers Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have been included in the Indian team for the T20I series against Afghanistan. The Men in Blue will play three T20Is against Afghanistan, starting January 11 in Mohali. The series will mark the return of Kohli and Rohit to the T20I format. They lasted represented India in the format in the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia, where the Men in Blue went down to England in the semi-final in Adelaide.
Afghanistan fast bowler Naveen-ul-Haq was on Monday, December 18 slapped with a 20-month ban from participating in the International League T20 (ILT20) for breaching his player agreement with Sharjah Warriors.
Afghanistan continued their dream run in World Cup 2023, defeating Netherlands by seven wickets in match number 34 of World Cup 2023 at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Friday, November 3. Afghanistan’s win over Netherlands was their third consecutive triumph in a row and pushed them up to No. 5 in the points table. They had earlier hammered Pakistan and Sri Lanka by eight and seven wickets respectively.
Afghanistan registered their second consecutive win of World Cup 2023 and third of the edition, defeating Sri Lanka by seven wickets in match number 30 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Monday, October 30. Bowling first after winning the toss, Afghanistan restricted Sri Lanka to 241 as Fazalhaq Farooqi shone with 4/34. Rahmat Shah (62), Hashmatullah Shahidi (58 not out) and Azmatullah Omarzai (73 not out) then combined to lift Afghanistan to victory in 45.2 overs.
Afghanistan rewrote the record books by registering their maiden ODI win over Pakistan in the 2023 World Cup match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Monday, October 23. Coming up with a dominant performance, Afghanistan chased down a seemingly challenging target of 283 in 49 overs with eight wickets in hand, registering their second won of the competition.
Kane Williamson might have got injured again, but New Zealand continued their domination in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. The Kiwis hammered Afghanistan by 149 runs in match number 16 of the tournament at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Wednesday, October 18. With the win, they also moved to the top of the points table, with eight points from four matches. For the record, New Zealand’s previous three wins in the 2023 World Cup were registered by margins of 9 wickets, 99 runs and eight wickets.
Afghanistan registered a historic 69-run win over England in match number 13 of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Sunday, October 15. Sent into bat after losing the toss, Afghanistan posted a competitive 284 on the board as opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz starred with 80 off 57 balls. Afghanistan spinners Mujeeb Ur Rahman (3/51), Rashid Khan (3/37) and Mohammad Nabi (2/16) then combined to bowl out England for 215 in 40.3 overs. Harry Brook (66 off 61) was the only England batter to offer some resistance.