Abu Dhabi (UAE) | Jagran Sports Desk: ndia beat Afghanistan by 66 runs in their Super 12 match of T20 World Cup here on Wednesday to keep their slim chance of reaching semifinals alive.Rohit (74) and Rahul (69) stitched 140 runs from 14.4 overs for the opening wicket to set up the big total after being invited to bat. Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant Pant remained not out on 35 and 27 respectively. 

Chasing the massive total of 210, Afghanistan tumbled. Indian bowlers, includingMohammed Shami took three wickets while Ravichandran Ashwin got two. Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja grabbed one wicket each.

Here are the Highlights from India vs Afghanistan match at the ICC T20I World Cup 2021:

23:25 hrs: Winning Captain -Virat Kohli - Much better wicket to be fair. We spoke about the fact that in the other games, if we just had two overs of free-flowing batting, then that sends a message to the opposition that we are going to put you under the pump. When we do that, we know how we can play. Sometimes, you do fall to the pressure and have to accept that. T20 cricket is a very instinctive game, in batting, bowling and decision-making. We do make decisions on the go. Top three is mostly settled unless situations like today when the openers batted all the way through and the power-hitters were ready. We don't always decide early to go hard, but we do back ourselves and when we do get going, we know what we can do.

23:15 hrs: Rohit Sharma | Player of the match- "The idea was to go after it, and get off to a good start, which didn't happen in the first two games, and lay the platform for the others. Exceptional batting from Rahul, and that partnership was vital. We were prepared to field first, and it was a good pitch to bat on. Getting to a respectable total was important, and the NRR could come into play so we had to win by a good margin, so glad we got that. Today it was necessary to get off to a good start, and that's not my natural game - I usually like to get in. So I made an effort to settle in, play cricketing shots, and put up a big total."

23: 10 hrs: India beats Afghanistan by 66 runs to register their first win. Rohit Sharma names Man of the Match

22:50hrs: Afghanistan's struggle continues as  wickets tumble one by one against India

22: 40 hrs: Ashwin gets Najibullah Zadran, Afghanistan now needs 113 runs off 24 balls 

22: 20hrs: Also read- IND vs AFG, T20 WC 2021: Feels good to get runs: KL Rahul after hitting fifty against Afghanistan

22:10 hrs: After 8.2 overs, Afghanistan has scored 57 after losing 3 wickets.

21: 50 hrs: Bumrah dismisses Hazratullah Zazai, Afghanistan on 21 after 4.3 overs

21:40 hrs: Mohammad Shahzad falls for a golden duck.

21:30 hrs: Mohammad Shahzad, Zazai comes on crease to bat for Afghanistan in the 2nd innings

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21:10hrs: Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya fiery batting took Indian score to 210-2. Highest score in this year's tournament.

21:00 hrs: KL Rahul departs after scoring crucial 69, India raced off to 162 after 17 overs.

20:50 hrs: Rohit Sharma falls after scoring 74, India 142-1 after 15 overs. New batsman Rishabh pant comes in to bat

20:40 hrs: Meanwhile, Rahul Dravid has been appointed the Head Coach of Team India (Senior Men)

20:30 hrs: After Rohit, KL hits half-century, India has raced to 113 after 12.4 overs

20:10 hrs: Rohit Sharma has slammed a superb fifty in Abu Dhabi. In ten overs, India has raced to 85/0.

19:50 hrs: India (53-0)off to a solid start after Rohit and KL have raced to 34 and 18 off  33 balls respectively

19:40 hrs: After 1.2 over India stands on 12 runs with Rohit on 9 and KL on 3.

19:30 hrs: R Ashwin and Surya Kumar have been included in India's playing XI while Mujeeb isn't included in Afghanistan's playing XI

19:25 hrs: Yusuf Patan via Twitter, " Backing India to go all guns blazing against Afghanistan. Wishing them good luck for this must-win encounter."

19:20 hrs: Here, take a look at Playing XI of both sides

India -KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah

Afghanistan - Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Shahzad(w), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi(c), Gulbadin Naib, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Rashid Khan, Karim Janat, Naveen-ul-Haq, Hamid Hassan

 19:10 hrs: Indian Skipper Virat- Firstly there's no denying the fact that the situation is a tricky one. Having said that there's still a chance. We as a team will look at the chance and try to play positive cricket. We know we haven't played up to potential whatever the reasons might be - need to brush that aside. Would have bowled first. But it's not a bad thing against a side like Afghanistan that looks to put up runs on the board. A couple of changes - Surya is back as he's fit. Ashwin replaces Varun who has a bit of a niggle.

Mohammad Nabi- Will bowl first. Last game there was a lot of dew in the second half. Mujeeb isn't playing. We always prepare for both, but today we'll bowl first because of dew. We'll play normal cricket and go and enjoy.

 19:00 hrs: Afghanistan win toss, opt to bowl first

18:50 hrs: Meanwhile Shikhar Dhawan has urged cricket fans to cheer for Men-in-Blue and wrote, "Back the team, back our players,Let’s cheer together."

18:40 hrs: Over the years India and Afghanistan in the T20 WC have locked horns two times and both matches were won by India

18:30 hrs: Also read- Ind vs Afg, T20 WC 2021: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma ‘getting into the groove’ at practice session ahead of clash with Afghanistan | WATCH

18:20 hrs: Here, take a look at Probable playing XIs of both sides:

India: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Varun Chakravarthy.

Afghanistan: Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (c), Hashmatullah Shahidi/Hamid Hassan, Karim Janat, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rehman, Naveen ul Haq.

18:10 hrs: The toss will take place at 7pm

18:00 hrs: India will lock horns with Afghanistan today at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abudhabi.

Posted By: Ashita Singh