India started their ICC T20 World Cup Super-Eights campaign with a commanding 47-run victory over Afghanistan at Barbados. Opting to bat first after winning the toss, India initially struggled at 90/4, but a crucial partnership between Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya turned the tide. Suryakumar Yadav played a pivotal role with an explosive half-century, guiding India to a competitive total of 181/8 in their 20 overs.

In response, Afghanistan faced consistent pressure from India’s bowlers. Jasprit Bumrah and Arshdeep Singh led the charge with top-class bowling spells, well-supported by Kuldeep Yadav. They dismantled Afghanistan’s batting lineup, with only Azmatullah Omarzai managing to cross the 20-run mark. Afghanistan eventually faltered and were bundled out for 134 runs, falling short of India’s total.

Speaking after the game in the post-match presentation, Rohit stated, “The last two years we have played T20s here, so we understand the conditions and planned accordingly. We adapted well and got 180, which was a great effort from the batters. We had class bowlers who defended it perfectly.”

“Everyone came in and did their job, that is critical and we dwell on it. SKY and Hardik’s partnership was critical at that point, we needed someone to bat deep which they did. We know Bumrah’s class and what he can do. Important for us to use him smartly regardless of conditions. He is willing to take responsibility and he has been doing it for years.”

On using a three-spinner combination, Rohit stated, “We have to assess conditions, opposition and based on that we are open to make changes if required. Felt three spinners were good here, if it is seamer-friendly next time, we will go with seamers.”

Indian skipper Rohit Sharma praised the crucial partnership between Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya for rescuing the innings and setting up the victory. He also lauded the bowling efforts of Jasprit Bumrah, Arshdeep Singh, and Kuldeep Yadav, whose disciplined performances ensured Afghanistan never posed a serious threat during the run-chase.

Overall, India’s win was characterized by a strong team effort, combining resilient batting and effective bowling, which sets a positive momentum for their campaign in the Super Eights of the T20 World Cup. Suryakumar Yadav’s impactful performance earned him the well-deserved ‘Player of the Match’ award, highlighting his crucial role in India’s victory.

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