India’s Impressive Victory over Afghanistan at the Cricket World Cup 2023: Shardul Thakur to the Rescue
India won their second consecutive match of the Cricket World Cup 2023 against Afghanistan on Wednesday, thanks in part to the heroics of Shardul Thakur. After a fiercely fought battle between the two sides, India emerged victorious thanks to Thakur’s excellent catch to dismiss Rahmanullah Gurbaz.
The 13th over of Afghanistan’s innings saw Gurbaz succumb to a short ball thrown by Hardik Pandya. His miscued shot towards the deep backward square leg boundary was met with superb anticipation by Shardul Thakur; not only did he take the catch, but also managed to flick the ball away as he crossed the boundary line, completing it properly and receiving a huge round of applause from the crowd.
Hasmatullah Shahidi’s excellent batting of 80 runs, as well as Azmatullah Omarazai’s valiant contribution of 62 runs, took Afghanistan to 272 runs for the 8 wickets. This was a major improvement from their match against Bangladesh, and it looked they were getting close to the 300 mark. Unfortunately for them, however, India bowlers managed to stop the flow of runs; Jasprit Bumrah put in an outstanding performance, securing 4 wickets in 10 overs, his best figures in a World Cup match.
Kuldeep Yadav also had a successful outing with 1 wicket in 10 overs, and it was clear that neither turn and spin did not have as much of an effect as was expected. In the end, India’s victory was secure, all thanks to the impressive performance of Shardul Thakur.
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