[ad_1] All-round Dube helps India beat Afghanistan in chilly T20I opener

Jan 12, 2024

All-round Dube helps India beat Afghanistan in chilly T20I opener


Shivam Dube's unbeaten fifty

All-rounder Shivam Dube (60* off 40 balls) defied bitterly cold weather to hit an unbeaten half-century for India.

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India take 1-0 lead vs Afghanistan

India eased to a comfortable six-wicket win over Afghanistan in the first Twenty20 international.

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India's bowlers restrict Afghanistan

India's bowlers led by spinner Axar Patel restricted Afghanistan to 158/5 despite an attacking 42 by Mohammad Nabi.

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Chilly weather in Mohali

Temperatures plummeted to just nine degrees (48 Fahrenheit) in the northern city of Mohali where summer heat can soar to a scorching 40-plus degrees.

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Positive performance by spinners

"There were a lot of positives, especially with the ball. Wasn't the easiest of conditions but our spinners bowled particularly well," India skipper Rohit Sharma said.

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Key partnerships in India's chase

Shivam Dube steered the chase with key partnerships including a 45-run stand with Jitesh Sharma, who made 31, and an unbeaten 42 with Rinku Singh, 16 not out.

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Man of the Match: Shivam Dube

The 30-year-old Shivam Dube (1/9 & 60*) won the game with a six and four and was named man of the match.

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Afghanistan's batting struggles

Afghanistan skipper Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmanullah Gurbaz put on 50 for the opening wicket before the Indian bowlers hit back with Axar returning figures of 2-23.

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Afghanistan's fielding woes

"We were quite lazy with the fielding today," Afghanistan skipper Ibrahim Zadran said. "We will try to improve batting as well. Bowling we have no issue. Will focus on what we did wrong today."

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2nd T20I in Indore

The second match between India and Afghanistan will be held in Indore on Sunday.

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