Virat Kohli’s ton and Bhuvneshwar’s fifer helped India to thrash Afghanistan by 101 runs

India hammered Afghanistan by 101-runs to end their Asia Cup campaign with a fabulous win. Chasing a massive target of 213, Afghanistan batters never found their rhythm as Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismantled them with a clinical bowling performance. Indian senior pacer used his in-swinging and out-swinging deliveries to good effect and finished with excellent figures of 5/4 in his 4 overs.

Batting first, Virat Kohli was given the opportunity to open as India skipper Rohit Sharma was rested. Kohli played a vintage inning, going from 10 off 10 to 50 off 32-balls and then scoring 63 off the last 21 balls he played. Stand-in captain KL Rahul gave Kohli good company at the other end by scoring 62-runs. Both gave an explosive start by adding 119-runs for the opening wicket.

Kohli was in superb form and thrashed every Afghan bowler to the boundary ropes. He tore apart all bowlers and accelerated his scoring rate towards the death overs. The talismanic batter hit his elusive 71st international century in style. Kohli returned unbeaten on 122 off 61 balls, which included twelve fours and six 6s. Rishabh Pant scored an unbeaten 20 as India finished with a big total of 212/2 in 20 overs.

In reply, Afghan got off to a dreadful start as openers Hazratullah Zazai and Rahmanullah Gurbaz departed for a duck in the first over.

Indian bowlers ran through the Afghan batting line-up and took regular wickets. Ibrahim Zadran fought single-handedly with an unbeaten knock of 64. Afghanistan managed to score 111/8 in 20 overs.