that's the hat-trick! Full, fast, and goes through the batsman again. Chetan Sharma did it in 1987, and 32 years on, here's Mohammad Shami, finishing off with two perfect yorkers, to win it for India! Mujeeb backs away and tries to go down the ground, but there was searing accuracy about that ball. India get their 50th World Cup win with that, but well played Afghanistan!
6.51pm We've had a few good games in this World Cup already, but today was arguably the most thrilling contest thus far. Afghanistan come close to registering their first win of the campaign, and it took a fighting performance from two-time champions India to deny them. For the moment, from Thilak Gowda, Sreshth Shah, Andrew Fidel Fernando, Nagraj Gollapudi and Melinda Farrell, this is Debayan Sen saying goodbye and goodnight. Keep following ESPNcricinfo, where West Indies are putting on a great show in chasing their target against New Zealand. Can the other unbeaten streak come to an end? Find out on ESPNcricinfo, but bye from Southampton!
Virat Kohli: "This is right up there (as a win). You win the toss, and you decide to bat and then you see the wicket slow down. You think 260 or 270 would be a good total. At the halfway stage, we had our doubts in our minds, but we also had self-belief in the change rooms. As soon as I went in, I understood the pace of the pitch. Cross-batted shots aren't on, and a lot of horizontal bat shots cost us on this pitch. You can't take the game away from the opposition. You have to knock the ball around, and with three quality wrist-spinners, it was always difficult. (On Bumrah) It's simple - we want to use him smartly. When conditions allow us to. When he takes one or two wickets, he can go on, but otherwise we try to ensure the opposition knows that he has seven or so overs to go. (Bench strength) Everyone's waiting for an opportunity. Shami was really good today. He was making the ball move more than anybody. Vijay fielded with great intent. We knew these guys were hungry. This game was way more important for us, because things didn't go as planned. That's when you need to show character and bounce back."
Gulbadin Naib: "We bowled really well, and everybody in the batting lineup was strong. We did well in the batting too, but credit goes to Bumrah for the way he bowled in the last three overs. He was superb. (On his bowling) The wicket was really good for batting during the first half. The spinners stuck to the plan, and they did really well. We had other options than Rashid and Mujeeb, but in the backend, Aftab and I also bowled well, but India is a good side, and a favourite side. The total was not that much (to chase) but in the middle, we needed some 80s and 100s, 20s and 30s aren't enough against a team like this. When chasing 220s, you need some batsmen to take responsibility and go longer. We have lost four games very badly, but last two games we have played really well. This is tough cricket against high-ranking teams, and you have to fight your best."
6.41pm Zahed: "Nabi should have been given the MoM award for his 2wickets and a fighting 50 and taking it to last over. Well fone AFG! PROUD to be a cricket fan when teams show character." --- Probably would have won had he taken his team over the line
6.40pm Shabd Wahal: "Chetan Sharma took Hat trick in 1987 and India lost to England in semis. Can India reverse the trend in England?"
6.38pm Aravind: "How contrasting! Afghanistan dominated with spin and India dominated with sheer pace and yorkers"
India have squeezed through, but at Old Trafford, Chris Gayle is teeing off. Hop over to that match to follow
Hat-tricks in World Cup:
Chetan Sharma, 1987
Saqlain Mushtaq, 1999
Chaminda Vaas, 2003
Brett Lee, 2003
Lasith Malinga, 2007 (4 in 4)
Kemar Roach, 2011
Lasith Malinga, 2011
Steven Finn, 2015
JP Duminy, 2015
MOHAMMAD SHAMI, 2019
Jasprit Bumrah is the player of the match, tells Pommie Mbangwa: "That gives you a lot of confidence when the captain has so much trust in you. Helps me keep a clearer head. (What he had to do today) We saw the wicket getting slower and slower. You had to be accurate and it's a big ground, so you had go for the yorkers and bowl wicket-to-wicket. What we wanted to do was that when you run behind wickets, you don't get wickets. Our plan was to get the run-rate high and create chances. (On Shami) That's very good, because it gives us healthy competition within the side. We discuss what the plans are, and it's great when everybody is chipping in with wickets."
6.33pm What a thriller in Southampton today. Afghanistan come closest to breaking India's unbreaten run at the 2019 World Cup, but India show some character with the ball. Restricted to just 224, they needed wickets, and their bowlers did the job in some style. Shami with four wickets, Bumrah bowling excellently towards the end -- Shiva Jayaraman tells me he nailed seven yorkers in his last two overs, and nine in the match overall -- with the spinners doing their work too
Can Mohammad Shami do a Chetan Sharma here?
THROUGH THE DEFENCE! Yorker, and he has got this perfectly. Alam backs away and tries to swipe this down the ground, but it crashes into middle and leg. Fast, straight and deathly accurate!
Chinmay Jariwal: "I boarded a flight from Paris just after toss. Landed at Abu Dhabi after 7 hours and now about to board next flight to Mumbai. But can't get my eyes off cricinfo during whole this break. What a thriller. Great advertisement for ODI. Go India go. "
Right, Aftab Alam next. Two wickets in hand, but the set batsman is gone
David: "Who would have thought India Vs Afghanistan will be more interesting than India Vs Pakistan!"
yorker, and he has hit this down long on's throat! India come close to winning a thriller! Shami chases Nabi as he backs away, and plays a lofted drive, but it goes down Pandya's throat. India surely favourites from here?
Venkat: "Indian fans should just relax and not start name picking on who to be replaced for the next game. Purely in terms of runs scored for balls faced, Shankar has done a par job in comparison to his team mates. Today was a complete lower order meltdown and to blame on Shankar is ridiculous."
full ball, and he has hit this towards deep midwicket. Refuses the single
drilled down the ground for four! He looks for the yorker, but misses his length, Nabi backs away and hits it straight down towards long on. Fifty for Nabi
Shami. 16 to win!
Prashanth: "Will nabi do a williamson? "
yorker, and he can only dig this out towards square leg. Keeps strike, but what an over from Bumrah!
Aayush Pathak: "Guys dont get upset if your website get crashed now by the people engagement. It cannot be more thriller than this ! "
full ball again, and he backs away and gets it out towards deep backward point
Top class death bowling from Jasprit Bumrah, as you would expect
around the wicket, a full toss, but fast, and it goes straight towards Rohit Sharma at short midwicket
Asad : "Looking forward to seeing Afghanistan win, not because I'm Pakistani but because I want to confirm team India is not invincible. Love the way Kohli has carried a lot of the weight of the batting on himself n delivering constantly almost with perfection each time."
yorker, and he can only chop it down towards midwicket. Just a single...
Hammad: "Whose Win probability are you talking about?" --- Always for the chasing team
Nabi is one blow away from a half-century, by the way. And he's asking for new bats
Shankar: "It may be very brave call, but Rahul looks good at 4 in this WC. I think they just do one straight replacement of Dhawan with Pant at the top of the order. Let's have left and right combination"
full ball, and he has dropped this towards extra cover. Long off, Rahul, gets around to it, and cannot prevent the couple
full, fast, and he can only dig it out towards point. Chooses not to take the single that could have been on offer
Win probability at 22 percent, as Bumrah runs in for his final over...
"Dhoni has been practising run outs - he is alert to Nabi wanting to get on strike. He has been positioning himself accordingly for the throw after collecting the ball this over," observes Nagraj
short, and he swings across the line towards midwicket. They will come back for two, so Nabi can retain strike for Bumrah
Kandarp: "I think only if India loses, they'll look into their team selection. You can't have Vijay and Jadhav in the team if you are not looking for overs from them. DK and Jaddu could be better replacements. You'll definitely get some right overs from Jaddu and DK can be a handy customer with both quick and steady game as situation demands. As long as India keeps winning, they'll never look at this weakness that can cost then the important games"
short, and might be called a wide. Not given actually, as Ikram allows this to get through
Athal Afghan : "Nabi done very well in these kind of situations in the past hope he make it possible today too Lap dap is in very high even it's palpitation" --- It must be exciting for everybody following this game. What a game for this World Cup!
short, and he dabs it down at the stumps. Shami is quick to get to the ball
short, angles across him. He looks to pull this away, but cannot get close to it. Delivered at 139kph
Ankit: "Although its late now but cant believe Kohli's captaincy. Why include V Shankar when you dont have enough confidence in his bowling and no overs for jadhav ...why" --- The post-match comments should be interesting
full ball, and he digs it out towards deep midwicket. Can only take one
straight, and full, and it's been given leg-before. Afghanistan want to review this, and have gone for it! There's no edge on this, the ball comes in and hits him OUTSIDE THE LINE. Not out, this will be then!
Fakhrul: "Wish it was Shahzad walking out now instead of Alikhil. " --- To be fair, he would probably have opened
Srivathsan : "I hardly understand the role of Vijay Shankar in the team. Vijay is neither a complete batsman nor a bowler, whereas Hardik can do both. It is high time for management to rethink about the role of Vijay shankar in the playing 11. It is better to go with Ravi Jadeja or Dinesh Karthik "
full ball, and he has pushed this away towards sweeper cover
yorker, and he plays it back towards Bumrah. Collected on the bump, but the crowd gets excited as it looks a bit like a return catch
Ajay: "If Afgan wins then its not an upset.it would be wake-up call for India if they want to lift World cup. Better lose now then in Semis or finals"
full ball, outside off, and he cannot do anything with this