Kohli scored his third half-century of the tournament in 32 balls. After this, Rahul also completed his fifty in 36 balls. But in the 13th over, India were dealt a double blow by Farid, when Rahul was caught on 62 off 40 balls, hitting six fours and two fours, leaving him and Virat Kohli in a 76-ball 119. The opening partnership of the run came to an end. After that Suryakumar Yadav (6) also went on to go bold.
At the other end, Kohli had come on the field today with the intention of doing something. After 15 overs, India scored 134 runs for the loss of two wickets. Thereafter, Kohli and Rishabh Pant hit out at the Afghanistan bowlers in the middle overs, as India posted 175 for two in 18 overs. Meanwhile, Kohli hit his first century of T20 career in 53 balls with a six.
Kohli took 18 runs, including two sixes and a four, off Farooqui’s balls, who came to bowl the 20th over, as India scored 212 runs for the loss of two wickets. Kohli scored 122 not out in 61 balls with the help of 12 fours and six sixes and Pant scored 20 not out off 16 balls with the help of three fours. There was also an unbroken partnership of 87 runs in 42 balls between the two. For Afghanistan, Fareed Ahmed Malik took two wickets.
Ibrahim Jardan (64 not out) and Mujeeb Ur Rahman (18) scored the most runs for Afghanistan. Bhuvneshwar Kumar took five wickets for India. Arshdeep Singh, Deepak Hooda and R Ashwin took a wicket each.
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