Crucial 100 Runs Partnership for Afghanistan Against India in the ICC World Cup 2023

It was a crucial partnership for Afghanistan from Azmatullah Omarzai and Hashmatullah to push India on the back foot. When these two joined the crease, Afghanistan was in a spot of bother, losing two quick wickets of Gurbaz and Rahmat Shah. The total was 63 on the board at that time. Afghanistan was expected to repeat the same performance as it did against Afghanistan. 

Azmatullah Omarzai and Hashmatullah added 121 runs partnership in 127 balls. It was a well-paced partnership for both batters. They try to steady the ship in the initial phase of the partnership. Tried to score in a ball at the start. But then they start to attack their main bowlers, Siraj, Bumrah, and Kuldeep. They leaked too many runs in this phase. 

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Early on Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat first. The Afghanistan captain said that he wanted to put a huge total on the board and then test them with the spinners we have. Afghanistan lost its first wicket when the total was 32 on the board in the 7th over of the game. After that, they lost two wickets in quick successions which really damaged their process of posting a huge total to chase.

This is the same ground where South Africa posted a record total of 428 runs in the World Cup history. Sri Lanka’s chase reached 326 runs in 45 overs. It means that this pitch has got so many runs and under lights, batting becomes easier.

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