India given big scare by Afghanistan

India struggle against Afghanistan in World Cup

Afghanistan came close to springing a huge upset against India before falling agonizingly short in their run chase in the pair's Cricket World Cup group stage game in Southampton, England.

The Indian pacer also bowled a splendid 49th over, conceding only five runs.

"It's simple. We wanted to use him smartly when the conditions allow", Kohli said of his spearhead.

"The communication was to finish him off at 49th over so that Shami has enough runs to defend in the last over and yeah the plan worked really well today".

"So I think we are now getting better and better day by day".

Bumrah - the world's top-ranked one-day worldwide bowler - finished with figures of 2 for 39 from his 10 overs, bowling superbly at the death. To bowl a yorker and even Mahi bhai suggested that.

Bumrah too praised his pace bowling colleague Shami for his impressive display on his maiden outing in the ongoing World Cup.

Bumrah took two wickets in three balls in the 29th over as Afghanistan slipped from 106/2 to 106/4 and that had a big impact in the game, despite Mohammed Nabi's fighting half-century.

"Obviously, we had belief in our death specialist bowlers", Jadhav, whose 52 was the second highest score in the Indian innings, told reporters.

"The wicket was slightly slow but frankly speaking, I think India got a bit stuck in the middle overs and should have played a little bit more freely", Srikkanth, a member of India's 1983 World Cup winning squad, wrote in a column for the ICC.

Saturday's match was only the third one-day global between the two teams and defeat for India would have been a major embarrassment despite last year's tie in the Asia Cup.

Afghanistan: Hazratullah Zazai, Gulbadin Naib (capt), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Ikram Alikhil (wicketkeeper), Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Mujeeb Ur Rahman. "This is tough cricket against high-ranking teams, and you have to fight your best".

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