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CWC 2019: India under pressure after Afghan bowlers destroy top batting order

SOUTHAMPTON: Skipper Virat Kohli’s departure on 135 runs against Afghanistan in their World Cup match in Southampton has put India under pressure. 

India have lost four wickets so far. Opener Rohit Sharma scored only 1 run, Lokesh Rahul 30, Vijay Shankar 29 runs and Virat Kohli could score 67 runs.

Afghanistan, bottom of the 10-team World Cup table, made two changes, bringing in Hazratullah Zazai and Aftab Alam for Noor Ali Zadran and Dawlat Zadran.

Sharma, who has scored two centuries in the World Cup so far, was bowled by Mujeeb Ur Rahman for just one, leaving India seven for one in the fifth over.

“It looks like a really good wicket — nice and hard,” India captain Virat Kohli said earlier, after winning the toss.

“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.”

Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib, whose side have lost all five of their matches in the tournament so far, said: “It doesn’t matter if we win the toss or lose, it is a long day. I am happy with the batting (against England). It is a good thing we played out 50 overs.”

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.