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India vs Afghanistan, 3rd T20I: Afghanistan Fought Well but India Won the 2nd Super Over by 10 Runs

The 3rd T20I between India and Afghanistan was played at M.Chinnaswamy. India won the toss and opted to bat first. The Afghan bowlers, hungry for leather throughout the innings, must now watch as the tide has turned decisively against them. Even the most gifted fortune teller couldn’t have predicted the dramatic shift in narrative that India has just orchestrated.

Just moments ago, they were on the brink of collapse, teetering at 61 for 4 at the halfway mark. Every Afghan delivery seemed to carry the scent of inevitable defeat. But then, in a display of defiant resilience, Rohit Sharma and Rinku Singh rose to the occasion.

Rohit, the seasoned maestro, continued his aggressive approach, unfazed by the precarious situation. Rinku, initially cautious, gradually found his rhythm, matching Rohit stroke for stroke. Together, they wove a partnership of grit and determination, inching India closer to safety with each calculated run.

The turning point arrived after the halfway mark. Both batsmen found their groove, unleashing a flurry of boundaries that transformed the cautious innings into a thrilling spectacle. Boundaries rained down upon the bewildered Afghan fielders, as the scoreboard ticked upward at an alarming rate.

By the time the dust settled, India had crossed the formidable 200-run mark, a feat that seemed improbable mere moments ago. Rohit, in the process, etched his name in the annals of cricket history, becoming the first player ever to score five T20I centuries. His knock of 121 runs off 69 balls was a masterclass in controlled aggression, a testament to his unwavering will.

While Rohit might have hogged the limelight, Rinku’s contribution shouldn’t be overlooked. His blistering knock of 69 off 39 balls solidified his reputation as a finisher of the highest calibre. Every shot he played exuded class and confidence, proving that he can handle the pressure of high-stakes situations with composure.

With a mammoth 212 on the board, India now wield the upper hand in this T20 encounter. The onus was on Afghanistan to pull off a monumental chase, to avoid succumbing to a clean sweep at the hands of a resurgent Indian team. The final act of this drama promises to be a tense one, where every ball holds the potential to rewrite the narrative once again. 

India seemed to have the upper hand with Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran’s 93-run opening stand. But the tide turned, leaving them teetering at 107/3. Just when hope seemed lost, Nabi’s 16-ball 34 blast injected a nitro boost, followed by Naib’s boundary blitzkrieg.

With 36 needed off the final two overs, the tension was palpable. Avesh faltered, conceding 17 in the 19th, and Mukesh’s final over hemorrhage of 18 kept Afghanistan’s hope alive.

Outclassed in the early matches, Afghanistan can be immensely proud of their valiant fightback. 

The match reaches the Super Over. Afghanistan came to bat first and lost Gulbadin on the very first ball while stealing a double. Afghanistan put 16 runs in the super over. Rohit & Yashasvi Jaiswal came to bat for India. India scored 16 to tie it again, leading to another super Over match. India batted first and put 11 runs but Ravi Bishnoi didn’t allow Afghans to cross the winning mark. India won the super over by 10 runs.

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