While Afghanistan came close to shocking India, England suffered a stunning 20-run loss to Sri Lanka at Leeds last Friday and Srikkanth felt it could prove to be a "blessing in disguise" for both the tournament favourites.
Kohli vented his frustration when a review to have Hazratullah Zazai pinned lbw by Shami went against his side early in the chase - the ball shown to have pitched marginally outside leg stump - and was visibly delighted when Shami bowled the same batsman four overs later for 10. He was making the ball move more than anybody. After Virat got out in the 38th over and till the 45th over we hadn't scored many runs. "But the intent could have been much better by the middle order batsmen", he said.
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Afghanistan have lost all five of their matches, and now face the tournament heavyweights. "He is the bowler who can do the damage at any stage of the innings and the opposition knows that as well", Kohli further added. He felt that those in between overs could have been better and that's the reason that Kedar was under a bit of pressure.
He, however, said such tough games against strong teams like India will do a world of good for Afghanistan.
Afghanistan seemed well placed to cause an historic upset against their superpower rivals when they reached the final over needing 16 runs to win with three wickets in hand, and with Mohammad Nabi approaching a half century at the crease.
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Fans were quick to point out that the manner of the win did not deserve the adjective "thump". "This is tough cricket against high-ranking teams, and you have to fight your best", Naib said.
After the match, netizens unanimously concluded: "India won the match but Afghanistan won our hearts today".Everyone is applauding for Afghanistan and their healthy competitive spirit.
Another user posted, "That's not called "thump". Well played Afghanistan!" another user tweeted.
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