ICC World Twenty20 - 3rd match, Group A

Afghanistan v India

India won by 23 runs

We are set for the Afghan chase, Zaheer runs in and it's Mohammad Shahzad facing

0.1

Khan to Mohammad Shahzad, 2 runs, wow, what a start, he's gone for it first up, pitched up outside off and he launches him over mid-off, it's a couple of runs, Gambhir gave chase, slid and dragged it in, his right foot was in the air over the ropes, but no contact with the ropes so it's fine

One wide slip in place

0.2

Khan to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, beaten this time, tries to open the face, goodish length and it nips away as he flirts with it, misses

0.3

Khan to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, short and wide, goes for the cut but makes no contact, went hard at that one

0.4

Khan to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, lovely delivery, in the channel outside off stump, nipping away to just go past the outside edge

0.5

Khan to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 leg bye, slides that one on the pads, gets across a bit but can't make contact with the bat, clips the pads and rolls down to fine leg for a single

Mangal to face now

0.6

Khan to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, goodish length on leg stump, turns that one behind square towards fine leg for a single

End of over 1 (4 runs) Afghanistan 4/0 (156 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 8.21)
Nawroz Mangal    1* (1b)      Z Khan    1-0-3-0
Mohammad Shahzad    2* (5b)     

Irfan runs in now

1.1

Pathan to Nawroz Mangal, no run, short of a good length on the off, got that one to curve in a little, gets on the back foot and defends

1.2

Pathan to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, gets on the back foot and tries to open the face to play that behind point, ends up dropping it into the off side, they steal a quick single

1.3

Pathan to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR, swings hard at that one, bowled on a length outside off and he drags it uppishly through midwicket for a boundary, didn't time it well but he found the gap

1.4

Pathan to Mohammad Shahzad, 2 runs, shortish on the off, nicely done there by Shahzad, rocks back and guides that wide of third man for a couple of runs

1.5

Pathan to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, pushed on a length on the off, gets forward and punches that to mid-on

1.6

Pathan to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, good, sharp bouncer from Irfan, Shahzad moved away and attempted a shot in vain, was taken by surprise there, ended up going through to the keeper

End of over 2 (7 runs) Afghanistan 11/0 (149 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 8.27)
Mohammad Shahzad    8* (9b 1x4)      IK Pathan    1-0-7-0
Nawroz Mangal    2* (3b)      Z Khan    1-0-3-0

2.1

Khan to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, short of length ball outside off, guided down to third man

2.2

Khan to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, that one is down the leg side, the batsman was looking to glance that, looked awkward as he tried that, he misses and it is off the thigh pad to Dhoni

2.3

Khan to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, short of length ball is dabbed towards cover for a quick single

2.4

Khan to Nawroz Mangal, 3 runs, length ball on the pads, a casual flick to deep square leg, Balaji has a long chase from fine leg, enough time to take three

2.5

Khan to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR, there's the promised helicopter! Afghanistan's MS whips that powerfully towards the midwicket boundary, doesn't move his feet as he throws his bat at that delivery, is very pleased with himself after dispatching it to the boundary, emphatic

Before the game Shahzad said: "Inshallah, you will see me hitting the helicopter shot in the match against India. And hopefully Dhoni will like it too." Not sure Dhoni will like that though.

2.6

Khan to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR, not as emphatic this time, an outside edge as he looks to push one to the off side, wide of slip for four more

End of over 3 (13 runs) Afghanistan 24/0 (136 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 8.00)
Mohammad Shahzad    17* (13b 3x4)      Z Khan    2-0-16-0
Nawroz Mangal    6* (5b)      IK Pathan    1-0-7-0

3.1

Balaji to Nawroz Mangal, no run, short of length ball outside off, looking to pull that one, then decides against it and softly defends it

3.2

Balaji to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, guides it down to third man for a single

3.3

Balaji to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, Balaji bowling from wide of the crease, bang in the bouncer, high and wide of off stump, the batsman looks to the square leg umpire asking whether that was too high, Taufel says that is one bouncer for the over

3.4

Balaji to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, short of length and outside off, guided towards third man, wonderfully timed that one, Zaheer under pressure there to cut that off at third man, batsmen steal the second

3.5

Balaji to Mohammad Shahzad, OUT, the Mohammad Shahzad show is over, he was swinging at everything, this time he doesn't connect properly, an edge loops towards mid-on, Yuvraj is waiting for that, Afghanistan lose their first wicket

Mohammad Shahzad c Yuvraj Singh b Balaji 18 (18m 16b 3x4 0x6) SR: 112.50

Karim Sadiq is in

3.6

Balaji to Nawroz Mangal, no run, short of length ball just outside off, defended towards point

End of over 4 (2 runs) Afghanistan 26/1 (134 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 6.50, RRR: 8.37)
Nawroz Mangal    7* (8b)      L Balaji    1-0-2-1
Karim Sadiq    0* (0b)      Z Khan    2-0-16-0

Irfan gets a change of ends

4.1

Pathan to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, there's the inswing Irfan usually gets with the new ball, cramping the batsman who manages to defend to the leg side

4.2

Pathan to Nawroz Mangal, no run, short of length ball on leg stump, looks to pull that one, doesn't connect properly and the ball loops onto his body

4.3

Pathan to Nawroz Mangal, no run, looking to crash that length ball through the covers, miscues it back towards the bowler

4.4

Pathan to Nawroz Mangal, FOUR, this he connects, and how! similar length and outside off, smashed on-the-up for four, superb hit

4.5

Pathan to Nawroz Mangal, no run, swinging in towards the pads, defended down towards the bowler

4.6

Pathan to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, length ball shaping in again, struck on the pads and there's a polite appeal for lbw, that was sliding down

End of over 5 (6 runs) Afghanistan 32/1 (128 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 6.40, RRR: 8.53)
Nawroz Mangal    12* (13b 1x4)      IK Pathan    2-0-13-0
Karim Sadiq    1* (1b)      L Balaji    1-0-2-1

5.1

Balaji to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, angling in from wide of the crease, whipped behind square leg for a single

5.2

Balaji to Karim Sadiq, no run, length ball outside off, wafts at it and misses

5.3

Balaji to Karim Sadiq, no run, a bouncer from Balaji, a delivery he uses quite often these day,s batsman ducks

The batsmen ran a run short on the fourth ball of the fourth over. I'd missed that.

5.4

Balaji to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, dabbed towards cover point, Rohit lunges towards it, batsmen zip through for one, Rohit tries to throw down the stumps but concedes an overthrow

5.5

Balaji to Nawroz Mangal, 2 runs, a full ball outside off is gracefully guided towards deep point

5.6

Balaji to Nawroz Mangal, SIX, not a shot you'll see in the coachin manual, a massive sweep from Mangal who seems to have realised that this is the last ball of the Powerplay, sends the ball high and beyond the midwicket boundary, a short of length ball that Mangal charged out to before hammering it

End of over 6 (10 runs) Afghanistan 42/1 (118 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 8.42)
Nawroz Mangal    21* (16b 1x4 1x6)      L Balaji    2-0-12-1
Karim Sadiq    2* (4b)      IK Pathan    2-0-13-0

Surprise move here, Rohit Sharma to bowl now.

6.1

Sharma to Karim Sadiq, 2 runs, works it to deep square leg for a couple

6.2

Sharma to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, short of length ball outside off, clipped towards midwicket

6.3

Sharma to Nawroz Mangal, 1 run, spins in towards the pads, calmly taps it towards midwicket

6.4

Sharma to Karim Sadiq, FOUR, no shortage of confidence from these Afghanistan batsman, a length ball from Rohit is bludgeoned down the ground, too fast for long-on

6.5

Sharma to Karim Sadiq, 2 runs, played with soft hands towards square leg, Balaji is the fielder and he can't prevent the second, Dhoni not thrilled with that fielding

6.6

Sharma to Karim Sadiq, no run, works it to midwicket to end the over

End of over 7 (10 runs) Afghanistan 52/1 (108 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 7.42, RRR: 8.30)
Karim Sadiq    11* (9b 1x4)      RG Sharma    1-0-10-0
Nawroz Mangal    22* (17b 1x4 1x6)      L Balaji    2-0-12-1

Now it is Yuvraj

7.1

Yuvraj Singh to Nawroz Mangal, OUT, strikes first ball! a straight length delivery heading for leg, Mangal misses and he is struck in front, Taufel thinks about it for a bit before raising the finger, Afghanistan have lost their captain, can they maintain their momentum?

Nawroz Mangal lbw b Yuvraj Singh 22 (35m 18b 1x4 1x6) SR: 122.22

7.2

Yuvraj Singh to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, length ball outside off, punched towards long-off

7.3

Yuvraj Singh to Karim Sadiq, no run, a full ball strikes Sadiq on the pads, going down

7.4

Yuvraj Singh to Karim Sadiq, no run, full and wide, the batsman reaches out for it and just about reaches it

7.5

Yuvraj Singh to Karim Sadiq, no run, down the leg side again, batsman swings and misses

7.6

Yuvraj Singh to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, a touch short from Yuvraj, heading for middle and leg, batsman waits on the back foot and works it to deep midwicket

End of over 8 (2 runs) Afghanistan 54/2 (106 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 6.75, RRR: 8.83)
Karim Sadiq    12* (13b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-2-1
Asghar Stanikzai    1* (1b)      RG Sharma    1-0-10-0

8.1

Ashwin to Karim Sadiq, 2 runs, length ball outside off, guided towards third man

8.2

Ashwin to Karim Sadiq, FOUR, disdain from the batsman, a flighted ball is launched one-handed over the bowler's head, how he got that much power on that shot is a mystery

8.3

Ashwin to Karim Sadiq, no run, length ball on the stumps, looking to work it to the leg side, a leading edge to the off isde

8.4

Ashwin to Karim Sadiq, 1 wide, bowling from round the stumps, well wide of leg stump

8.4

Ashwin to Karim Sadiq, no run, length ball on middle stump, defended down the track

8.5

Ashwin to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, on off stump, length ball, is swept towards midwicket for a singl

8.6

Ashwin to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, there's the variation, the ball that moves away, this doesn't spin away dramatically, just a little, enough to beat the batsman, and off stump, the batsman had no clue about that one

End of over 9 (8 runs) Afghanistan 62/2 (98 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.88, RRR: 8.90)
Asghar Stanikzai    1* (2b)      R Ashwin    1-0-8-0
Karim Sadiq    19* (18b 2x4)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-2-1

9.1

Yuvraj Singh to Karim Sadiq, no run, skipping down the track and defends to the leg side

9.2

Yuvraj Singh to Karim Sadiq, FOUR, length ball not too far outside off, slapped off the backfoot past a diving backward point, another boundary

9.3

Yuvraj Singh to Karim Sadiq, no run, tries a cute shot there, a sort of paddle towards short fine, in the air for a bit but lands short of Zaheer there

9.4

Yuvraj Singh to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, guided towards backward point for a single

9.5

Yuvraj Singh to Asghar Stanikzai, 2 runs, a stylish flick towards deep midwicket, not too far from Gambhir but Afghanistan still manage to take two

9.6

Yuvraj Singh to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, length ball sliding on to the pads, struck outside leg stump

End of over 10 (7 runs) Afghanistan 69/2 (91 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.90, RRR: 9.10)
Asghar Stanikzai    3* (4b)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-9-1
Karim Sadiq    24* (22b 3x4)      R Ashwin    1-0-8-0

91 needed off 10 overs now. Can they?

10.1

Ashwin to Karim Sadiq, no run, defended off the front foot to the off side

10.2

Ashwin to Karim Sadiq, 1 wide, Dhoni misses a stumping, not a line I've had to type often, Ashwin sees the batsman charging out and pushes it down the leg side, past the batsman's legs, Dhoni couldn't collect it cleanly, the batsman was several yards out and had given up

10.2

Ashwin to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, guided to short third for a single

10.3

Ashwin to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, played towards sweeper cover

10.4

Ashwin to Karim Sadiq, 1 run, swiped towards deep midwicket for a single

10.5

Ashwin to Asghar Stanikzai, no run, flighted ball is pushed towards extra cover

10.6

Ashwin to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, on the pads and that is worked to square leg

End of over 11 (5 runs) Afghanistan 74/2 (86 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.72, RRR: 9.55)
Asghar Stanikzai    5* (7b)      R Ashwin    2-0-13-0
Karim Sadiq    26* (25b 3x4)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-9-1

11.1

Yuvraj Singh to Asghar Stanikzai, 1 run, eased to long-on for a single

11.2

Yuvraj Singh to Karim Sadiq, OUT, Yuvraj gets his second, Karim Sadiq is gone, he went for the heave to midwicket, a top edge and the ball swirls to Gambhir at deep midwicket, Gambhir settles under it and collects it calmly

Karim Sadiq c Gambhir b Yuvraj Singh 26 (30m 26b 3x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

11.3

Yuvraj Singh to Asghar Stanikzai, OUT, and another one for Yuvraj, who may not have set the stage alight with the bat but he has got his third with the ball, gets this one to spin away after drifting in, a thin outside edge and Dhoni doesn't make another mistake, two new batsmen at the crease

Asghar Stanikzai c †Dhoni b Yuvraj Singh 6 (15m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Shenwari is the new batsman, hat-trick ball coming up

11.4

Yuvraj Singh to Samiullah Shenwari, 1 run, no hat-trick, a length ball is pushed towards cover, off the middle of the bat for a single

11.5

Yuvraj Singh to Mohammad Nabi, no run, short of length ball outside off, defended towards cover

11.6

Yuvraj Singh to Mohammad Nabi, no run, looking to drive that through the off side, inside-edge it onto his boot, just two off that over, and two wickets as well

End of over 12 (2 runs) Afghanistan 76/4 (84 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.33, RRR: 10.50)
Mohammad Nabi    0* (2b)      Yuvraj Singh    3-0-11-3
Samiullah Shenwari    1* (1b)      R Ashwin    2-0-13-0

12.1

Ashwin to Samiullah Shenwari, OUT, Afghanistan falling apart here, Shenwari chips it back to Ashwin, and that's the third wicket in six deliveries, they are now 76 for 5, it was a length ball on middle stump, nothing dangerous about it, but that was tamely pushed back

Samiullah Shenwari c & b Ashwin 1 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

12.2

Ashwin to Shafiqullah, 1 run, eased towards long-on for a single

12.3

Ashwin to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, now to long-off for a single

12.4

Ashwin to Shafiqullah, no run, length ball outside off, steered towards backward point

12.5

Ashwin to Shafiqullah, 1 run, full ball on the pads, nudged behind square leg for a single

12.6

Ashwin to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, length ball outside off, worked to mid-off for a single

End of over 13 (4 runs) Afghanistan 80/5 (80 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.15, RRR: 11.42)
Mohammad Nabi    2* (4b)      R Ashwin    3-0-17-1
Shafiqullah    2* (3b)      Yuvraj Singh    3-0-11-3

13.1

Yuvraj Singh to Mohammad Nabi, SIX, flamboyant hit from Moihammad Nabi, a flighted ball and that is launched high and straight for a huge six, that looked terrific

13.2

Yuvraj Singh to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, follows that with a single to long-on

13.3

Yuvraj Singh to Shafiqullah, no run, defends that to the off side

13.4

Yuvraj Singh to Shafiqullah, no run, looking to sweep, that is top-edged but lands safely on the off side

13.5

Yuvraj Singh to Shafiqullah, SIX, a terrible delivery that, a half-tracker that sat up, and it is absolutely hammered, no doubt at all that that would carry all the way, powerfully struck to the midwicket boundary

13.6

Yuvraj Singh to Shafiqullah, no run, short of length ball outside off, chopped towards cover, despite the two sixes in the over, Yuvraj finishes with 3 for 24

End of over 14 (13 runs) Afghanistan 93/5 (67 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.64, RRR: 11.16)
Shafiqullah    8* (7b 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    4-0-24-3
Mohammad Nabi    9* (6b 1x6)      R Ashwin    3-0-17-1

Irfan is back. 67 needed off 36.

14.1

Pathan to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, short of length ball angling in, inside-edged towards square leg

14.2

Pathan to Shafiqullah, 1 leg bye, looking to work that to the leg side, struck on the body

14.3

Pathan to Mohammad Nabi, FOUR, driven-on-the-up, short of length ball is slammed between extra cover and cover for four, Nabi is now 14 off 8

14.4

Pathan to Mohammad Nabi, no run, looking to push it to the right of the bowler but Irfan is quickly across

14.5

Pathan to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, short ball on leg stump, pulled towards deep backward square leg for a single

BJ: "I have to say I'm thoroughly enjoying this batting display from Afghanistan thus far. While it looks unorthodox on occasions, they're keeping aggressive and trying not to let it get away from them which is great to see. Regardless of whether they win or lose from here, I wanna see more Afghanistan cricket action on my TV."

14.6

Pathan to Shafiqullah, OUT, that looked like a huge inside-edge there, a short of length ball on off and middle, the batsman was looking to work it to the leg side, struck on the pads but it sounded like an inside edge there, Rauf thinks there is not bat involved and lifts the finger

Shafiqullah lbw b Pathan 8 (11m 9b 0x4 1x6) SR: 88.88

End of over 15 (7 runs) Afghanistan 100/6 (60 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.66, RRR: 12.00)
     IK Pathan    3-0-19-1
Mohammad Nabi    15* (10b 1x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    4-0-24-3

15.1

Khan to Mohammad Nabi, SIX, no fear at all from these Afghans, Zaheer is welcomed with a contemptuous hit over extra cover, a flamboyant and clean hitting this, awesome to watch from Nabi

15.2

Khan to Mohammad Nabi, 2 runs, on the pads, that is helped along to deep backward square leg for two

15.3

Khan to Mohammad Nabi, 2 runs, drilled down the ground to long-off

Replays show there was an inside-edge on that lbw.

15.4

Khan to Mohammad Nabi, FOUR, what a shot that is, full toss on the pads and that is put away in style, to the deep backward square leg for four more, this is turning out to be an extremely expensive over

15.5

Khan to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, another full toss and Nabi misses out, looks to power the ball but miscues towards midwicket

15.6

Khan to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, full ball on leg stump, pushed towards mid-on for a single, 16 off the over

End of over 16 (16 runs) Afghanistan 116/6 (44 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.25, RRR: 11.00)
Gulbadin Naib    1* (1b)      Z Khan    3-0-32-0
Mohammad Nabi    30* (15b 2x4 2x6)      IK Pathan    3-0-19-1

44 off 24 now. Afghanistan aren't out yet. Ashwin has a big role to play, as does Nabi

16.1

Ashwin to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, a length ball, carrom delivery, outside edge towards point

16.2

Ashwin to Mohammad Nabi, 1 run, Ashwin pauses before delivering, it is a short ball that is worked to midwicket

16.3

Ashwin to Gulbadin Naib, no run, short and down the leg side, batsman swings and misses, off the pads and past Dhoni

16.4

Ashwin to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, swings this one towards deep midwicket

16.5

Ashwin to Mohammad Nabi, OUT, Ashwin has got the dangerman, he pauses an eternity before delivering, waiting to see what the batsman will do, Nabi charges out to meet the delivery, looks to hammer it but edges it, loops towards mid-off where Rohit awaits

Mohammad Nabi c Sharma b Ashwin 31 (23m 17b 2x4 2x6) SR: 182.35

16.6

Ashwin to Gulbadin Naib, no run, the carrom ball first up, watchfully defended by Gulbodin

End of over 17 (3 runs) Afghanistan 119/7 (41 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.00, RRR: 13.66)
Gulbadin Naib    3* (5b)      R Ashwin    4-0-20-2
Najibullah Zadran    0* (0b)      Z Khan    3-0-32-0

17.1

Balaji to Najibullah Zadran, 1 wide, short and down the leg side, poor start from Balaji

17.1

Balaji to Najibullah Zadran, FOUR, length ball angling across, an effortless hit towards sweeper cover, I was waiting to for the camera to pan out and show the fielder in the deep, there wasn't one, a nonchalant boundary

17.2

Balaji to Najibullah Zadran, 1 run, worked towards sweeper cover for one

17.3

Balaji to Gulbadin Naib, no run, there's the Balaji bouncer, the batsman looks to club that to the leg side, misses

17.4

Balaji to Gulbadin Naib, OUT, slow bouncer this time from Balaji, looking to pull again but misses, struck on the body, Najibullah has a hamstring problem and has been struggling to run, he sets off for a single, Naib wasn't interested which meant the hobbling Najibullah has to turn back and try make his ground, the throw from Dhoni is to the bowler, Balaji collects and breaks the stumps with his arm, early enough to beat the dive from Najibullah, after many replays, the umpires are convinced it is, Afghanistan lose their eighth

Najibullah Zadran run out 5 (7m 2b 1x4 0x6) SR: 250.00

Sri Hari sent this a while ago: "Not a good time to be watching the game if you're dyslexic. Naib and Nabi are going to look like the same person."

17.5

Balaji to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, shortish ball is slapped towards deep square leg for a single

17.6

Balaji to Dawlat Zadran, no run, looking for an adventurous shot, walking across the stumps and trying to help it to fine leg, he misses and the ball sails over middle stump

End of over 18 (7 runs) Afghanistan 126/8 (34 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.00, RRR: 17.00)
Dawlat Zadran    0* (1b)      L Balaji    3-0-19-1
Gulbadin Naib    4* (8b)      R Ashwin    4-0-20-2

18.1

Pathan to Gulbadin Naib, no run, shortish and outside off, looks to chop that over point and misses

Shashi: "No matter who wins, Afganistan is the winner to me. They have fought their hearts out and played like the fearless pathans! India will have to think seriously about the rest of the matches. The competition only gets tougher from here."

18.2

Pathan to Gulbadin Naib, 1 no ball, Irfan oversteps, a short of length ball angling in, the batsman looks to hammer that to the leg side but mishits it

free-hit

18.2

Pathan to Gulbadin Naib, no run, a low full toss is sent towards sweeper cover, Naib declines the single, no the smartest move at this stage, especially when you have made 4 off 11

18.3

Pathan to Gulbadin Naib, 1 run, top-edges that shortish ball, loops over the bowler's head, lands safely between mid-on and mid-off

18.4

Pathan to Dawlat Zadran, no run, a bouncer from Irfan, scares the No. 10 batsman, who waves his bat at it and misses

18.5

Pathan to Dawlat Zadran, FOUR, pitched up and that is crashed through extra cover, powerful hit that, 28 off 7 now

18.6

Pathan to Dawlat Zadran, FOUR, a slower ball, full and outside leg, the bastman skips away beyond leg stump and murders that to the midwicket boundary, 24 needed now off the final over

End of over 19 (10 runs) Afghanistan 136/8 (24 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.15, RRR: 24.00)
Dawlat Zadran    8* (4b 2x4)      IK Pathan    4-0-29-1
Gulbadin Naib    5* (12b)      L Balaji    3-0-19-1

19.1

Balaji to Gulbadin Naib, no run, a bouncer to start, batsman looks to pull but can't connect

19.2

Balaji to Gulbadin Naib, OUT, nine down now for Afghanistan, Naib tries to send the ball into orbit, sends it only as far as Raina at mid-off, it was a short ball from Balaji again

Gulbadin Naib c Raina b Balaji 5 (23m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 35.71

19.3

Balaji to Dawlat Zadran, OUT, game over, Balaji finishes it off with a yorker, Afghanistan lose but they have not been disgraced, the first match of the tournament which wasn't completely one-sided

Dawlat Zadran b Balaji 8 (9m 5b 2x4 0x6) SR: 160.00

As Zubair says: "What if the catches had been taken? What if so many wides had not been bowled? Little more discipline would have taken them through,but a great fight nevertheless..Beware England."

It's been immensely entertaining stuff from Afghanistan. The new-ball bowlers tested India with their pace and bounce, and a much-hyped batting order could only reach 159, thanks to the run-machine Virat Kohli. The catching from Afghanistan was appalling though, putting down four (or was it five) chances. Afghanistan's batsmen may not have textbook technique, but merrily threw the bat around, and pulled off some breath-taking hits but Yuvraj's double-strike in the 12th over sucked the momentum out of the chase.

Arun: "Well played by Afghanistan. But the whole thing can be argued in another way, the fearless way to go with the match obviously helped them play better. India on the other hand, had to be careful to avoid getting embarrassed."

Presentation ceremony:
Nawroz Mangal: "It was a good game for the boys, we could have done better, shot selection was a bit poor, that was why we have lost the game. We could have done better in the field, but we are satisfied we restricted the mighty Indian batting to 160."

MS Dhoni: "This format balances both teams, if one of the opposition batsman or bowler have a great day, it could change the result. A good performance but not a great performance from us. There are a lot of areas we have to improve on to be honest. People talk a lot about five bowlers, but what matters is on the day how they bowl, whether they are a part-timer or a specialist."

Man of the Match is Virat Kohli: "Always good to get a start, good to start on a winning note. Always tough to play against a team with nothing to lose. They were in a situation where they could try a lot of things, we had to be more careful."

Here's Sid Monga's match report. There'll be more from our guys at the ground shortly. For the moment, though, that's it from us at ESPNcricinfo. Good night, and thanks for all the mails.

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Sep 19, 2012

Dawlat Zadran sees off Virat Kohli, Afghanistan v India, World T20, Group A, Colombo, September, 19, 2012

Dawlat Zadran sees off Virat Kohli

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Mohammad Nabi hits out, Afghanistan v India, World T20, Group A, Colombo, September, 19, 2012

Mohammad Nabi hits out

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