India Afghanistan 3rd T20I: The longest match for India
Team India participated in the 3rd T20I at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on January 17, 2024. This game has extended into one of the lengthiest matches for Team India. Stay tuned to sprintersgaming.in & sprinters.news for timely sports updates.
Afghanistan was defeated in a thrilling encounter that went into super overs. Team India, having won the toss, elected to bat first, setting a target of 212/4 for Afghanistan. Right from the start, Rohit Sharma and Rinku Singh captured the spotlight, forging a formidable partnership of 190 runs and steering India towards victory.
Rohit Sharma achieved his personal best T20I score, reaching 121 in only 69 balls. Additionally, he made history by becoming the first batsman in T20 cricket to secure five centuries. Meanwhile, Rinku Singh contributed 69 runs in 39 balls.
Nevertheless, Afghanistan showcased remarkable energy on the match day. Gulbadin Naib’s brisk innings of 55 runs from 23 balls played a pivotal role in the team matching India’s score within the allotted 20 overs.
Rahmatullah Gurbaz achieved a score of 50, and together with Ibrahim Zadran, they reached 85/0 in just 10 overs. Unfortunately, they faced dismissals at a pivotal moment. Subsequently, Gulbadin Naib and Mohammad Nabi restored balance for their team by forming a 56-run partnership in 22 balls.
Washington Sundar emerged as the standout bowler for India on that day, recording figures of 3/18 in three overs.
In the 19th over, Rohit Sharma made history by becoming the initial batsman to achieve five centuries in T20Is. Conversely, Rinku Singh marked his half-century in the same over, hitting a maximum over long off, as the 19th over yielded only 22 runs.
Yet, a lone single followed by three consecutive back-to-back sixes from Rinku Singh played a crucial role in propelling India to the total of 212/4.
Prior to this T20I encounter, India and Afghanistan had crossed paths three times in T20 World Cups, once in the Asia Cup, and twice in previous bilateral series. India emerged victorious in all five matches. However, it’s worth acknowledging that Team Afghanistan is steadily growing stronger. Team India faced a moment of pressure when Shivam Dube was dismissed for just 1 run. Nevertheless, Rinku Singh took charge and rescued the team. Ravi Bishnoi also shone brightly, securing 2 crucial wickets at a pivotal juncture.
India vs Afghanistan 3rd score overview:
India 212/4 in 20 overs (Rohit Sharma 121, Rinku Singh 69; Fareed Ahmad 3/20) tied with Afghanistan 212/6 in 20 overs (Gulbadin Naib 55*, Rahmanullah Gurbaz 50; Washington Sundar 3/17).
Super over scores: First super over:
Afghanistan 16/1 tied with India 16/1. Second super over: Afghanistan 1/2 was defeated by 10 runs against India 11/2.
This marks India’s final T20 match before the electrifying ICC T20 World Cup 2024, set to be hosted by West Indies and USA. Stay tuned to sprintergames.in & sprinters.news for timely sports updates.