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India vs Afghanistan LIVE: Mohammad Shami steers side clear of shock World Cup defeat

Afghanistan were close to producing one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history

Jack Watson@jackwatsonsport
Saturday 22 June 2019 16:41
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Mohammed Shami's final-over hat-trick broke Afghanistan hearts as India sealed an 11-run World Cup win at Southampton.

Mohammad Nabi's smart 52 had Afghanistan eyeing the greatest-ever World Cup upset, only for Shami to send him packing - then clean bowl Aftab Alam and Mujeeb Ur Rahman in the next two balls.

Shami's four for 40 and Jasprit Bumrah's two for 39 delivered a bowling masterclass to allow India to defend their paltry 224 for eight from their full 50 overs.

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Hello and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of India vs Afghanistan. 

Anyone fancy Afghanistan to do something here? No? Thought not.

Jack Watson22 June 2019 10:13

India won the toss and chose to bat

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Jack Watson22 June 2019 10:14

Kohli demands 'precise performance'

India captain Virat Kohli: "It looks like a really good wicket - nice and hard. It's a beautiful day to play cricket so let's try and score lots of runs. Our mindset is always the same, regardless of the opposition. We can't take a side like Afghanistan lightly. We'll have to be on our A game and put in another precise performance."

Jack Watson22 June 2019 10:15

Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib: "It doesn't matter win the toss or lose it is a long day. I am happy with batting (vs England). It is a good thing we played out 50 overs."

Jack Watson22 June 2019 10:20

Afghanistan conceded 397 runs against England and they could be in for more of the same as Sharma and Rahul stroll onto the pitch ready to begin.

Mujeeb to open the bowling.

Jack Watson22 June 2019 10:30

1.0 India 3-0 KL Rahul 2 Rohit Sharma 1

The ball appears to be skipping up from the pitch fairly slowly as Rohit and Rahul push away Mujeeb for a few of singles.

Jack Watson22 June 2019 10:33

2.0 India 6-0 KL Rahul 5 Rohit Sharma 1

Aftab Alam goes for three as Rahul pushes one through point for two then ends with a single. Good runnnig from the two in the middle.

Jack Watson22 June 2019 10:38

3.0 India 7-0 KL Rahul 6 Rohit Sharma 1

Very nice bowling from Mujeeb to keep India to just one single in his second over. Five dots to Sharma when he's in this kind of form is some shift.

Jack Watson22 June 2019 10:41

4.0 India 7-0 KL Rahul 6 Rohit Sharma 1

Maiden over from Aftab Alam.

Of course, we shouldn't be surprsed by India's low-scoring start.

Jack Watson22 June 2019 10:44

4.1 India 7-1

WICKET! Rohit Sharma (1) b Mujeeb

What a delivery that is from Mujeeb!

The delivery is relatively fast and really grips the surface as it pings up and hits the top of off-stump.

Afghanistan couldn't, could they?

Jack Watson22 June 2019 10:45

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