Virat Kohli’s side thumped Mohammad Nabi-led team by 66 runs in Abu Dhabi and attained their first two points of the tournament. This victory and the size of it has helped them keep their campaign alive.
Afghanistan had an off day: after electing to bowl first, their bowlers leaked 210 runs while a catch was also put down before the top and middle-order succumbed to the Indian bowlers.
After India’s emphatic victory, a section of users on social media started a trend stating that the match was ‘fixed’ in favour of the Men In Blue.
Wasim Akram questioned the motive of such “conspiracy theories”. He also praised India for their brilliant outing against Afghanistan and said that Kohli’s side had two bad games earlier which resulted in losses.
Wasim Akram said on A Sports, “I don’t know why we like to create such conspiracy theories? India are a very good team. They just had couple of bad days at the start of the tournament.”
Waqar Younis slammed the talks of match-fixing, claiming it to be nothing but “pointless”.
Waqar Younis said, “It’s a pointless thing to say and people should not give it much attention.”
India now have opened their account in the tournament. They would need to win their remaining two matches in a similar fashion and hope for other results to go their way as well. They will next meet Scotland in Dubai on Friday and then take on Namibia in the last Super 12 match on Monday.
New Zealand have 4 points in 3 matches and Afghanistan have 4 points in 4 matches. Should Kane Williamson’s team register wins in both their remaining matches, they will seal a semi-final spot.