India Beat Afghanistan To Record 50th World Cup Win
Mohammed Shami took a dramatic hat-trick to finally clinch a thrilling 11-run win over Afghanistan after the minnows threatened one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history in Southampton on Saturday.
Virat Kohli made 67 from 63 balls, but none of the other Indian batsmen played a decisive innings for the two-time champions. (All images courtesy: AFP)
Virat Kohli, who scored half-centuries against Australia and Pakistan, reached his third consecutive fifty of the tournament off 48 balls, with four fours.
Mohammad Nabi and Najibullah Zadran batted sensibly to keep their side in the hunt.
Mohammed Shami clean-bowled Aftab Alam and Mujeeb Ur Rahman to seal a nerve-jangling win with a hat-trick.
Afghanistan, appearing at only their second World Cup, managed to score 213 runs as India won the match by 11 runs.