In a thrilling second T20 match, India emerged victorious by successfully chasing down the target of 172 runs, losing only 4 wickets in 15.4 overs. Shivam Dubey showcased brilliance with an unbeaten inning of 63 runs in 32 balls, while Jaiswal contributed significantly with a splendid 68-run inning in 34 balls. With this win, India now holds a commanding 2-0 lead in the three-match series. The highly anticipated third T20 match is scheduled for 17 January..
In a crucial match, India won the toss and elected to bowl. Afghanistan faced a shaky start with Gurbaz and Ibrahim falling early, but Gulbadin’s impressive 57-run innings, along with contributions from Najibullah, Mujeeb, and Karim Janat, set a target of 173 runs in 20 overs. India’s bowling shone, with Arshdeep taking 3 wickets, while Akshar Patel and Ravi Vishnoi secured 2 wickets each, restricting Afghanistan’s total. The stage is set for an exciting run chase by the Indian team.
India faced an early setback when Captain Rohit Sharma was dismissed for a duck on the first ball of the first over while chasing the 172-run target. However, Virat Kohli and Yashvi Jaiswal steadied the ship with an impressive partnership. Kohli contributed 29 runs before his departure, paving the way for Shivam Dubey to enter the scene. Dubey played a brilliant, unbeaten inning, scoring fifty in just 22 balls. Jaiswal showcased his brilliance, scoring 68 runs in 34 balls before getting out. Dubey’s pivotal role led India to a convincing 6-wicket victory in the second T20 match.
In the bowling department for Afghanistan, Farooqui secured 1 wicket, and Karim Janat claimed 2 wickets, while Naveen Ul Haq added another wicket to their tally. Despite their efforts, India prevailed in a thrilling contest.