In the match 28 of the ongoing 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, India claimed a thrilling 11-run victory against Afghanistan at Southampton.
Indian captain Virat Kohli decided to bat first after winning the toss, but they managed to score 224/8 (50 overs). Chasing down that target, Afghanistan lost their all wickets on 213 runs (49.5 overs).
Brief Scores: India – 224/8 in 50 overs (Virat Kohli 67, Kedar Jadhav 52; Mohammad Nabi 2/33)
Afghanistan – 213 in 49.5 overs (Mohammad Nabi 52, Rahmat Shah 36; Mohammed Shami 4/40)
Result – India won by 11 runs
Here are some of the statistical highlights of the match:
i) India’s 224/8 (50 overs) is their lowest total in Cricket World Cup history when India has batted full 50 overs. Their previous lowest total was 227/6 (50 overs) against Pakistan (at Manchester on 8th June 1999).
ii) India successfully defended 224/8 (50 overs) which is their second-lowest defended total on the England soil in Cricket World Cup history. Their lowest record is 183 against West Indies at Lord’s on 25th June 1983. In overall, it was India’s fifth lowest defended total in Cricket World Cup history.
iii) India beat Afghanistan by 11 runs which is their smallest victory margin (by runs) in Cricket World Cup history. Their previous smallest record was winning by 16 runs against New Zealand at Bengaluru on 14th October 1987.
iv) India becomes the third team to win 50 Cricket World Cup matches as it was their 50th victory in this tournament history. The first two teams to achieve 50 CWC victories were Australia and New Zealand.
i) Afghanistan’s 213 (49.5 overs) is their third-highest total in Cricket World Cup history. Their top two CWC totals are 247/8 (50 overs) against England at Manchester on 18th June 2019 and 232 (49.4 overs) against Sri Lanka at Dunedin on 22nd February 2015.
ii) Afghanistan suffered an 11-run defeat which is their smallest defeat margin (by runs) in Cricket World Cup. Their previous smallest record was suffering a 34-run (DLS method) defeat against Sri Lanka at Cardiff on 4th June 2019.
i) Indian captain Virat Kohli scored his third consecutive 50+ score in this tournament which is the joint most for any Indian captain in a Cricket World Cup edition. As a captain, Mohammad Azharuddin also scored three successive 50+ scores in 1992 Cricket World Cup.
ii) Mohammed Shami had the bowling figures of 9.5-1-40-4 which is India’s second best ODI bowling figures against Afghanistan. The best bowling record is 10-1-30-4 by Ravindra Jadeja (at Dhaka on 5th March 2014).
iii) Mohammed Shami claimed a hat-trick in the last over of this match after dismissing Mohammad Nabi, Aftab Alam and Mujeeb Ur Rahman in the last three successive deliveries. Shami is the second Indian bowler (after Chetan Sharma in 1987 Cricket World Cup) to claim a Cricket World Cup hat-trick. In CWC history, it was the 10th hat-trick. Also, Shami is the fourth Indian bowler to claim an ODI hat-trick, but it was the first ODI hat-trick by an Indian bowler outside India.
iv) MS Dhoni has made 140 List A stumpings which is the most stumpings in List A cricket history. Former Pakistan wicketkeeper Moin Khan is in the second position with 139 List A stumpings.
v) In Cricket World Cup, Indian wicketkeeper MS Dhoni made seven stumpings. It is the most CWC stumpings for an Indian wicketkeeper as he put behind Kiran More who made six CWC stumpings.