India vs Afghanistan: Getting a World Cup hat-trick great feeling, says Mohammed Shami

first_img Next advertisement commentary No data available! scorecard India Today Web Desk SouthamptonJune 23, 2019UPDATED: June 23, 2019 12:03 IST Mohammed Shami hat-trick gave India a winning edge over Afghanistan (Photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSIndia successfully defended a below-par total of 224 vs Afghanistan on SaturdayMohammed Shami picked up a hat-trick in the final over of Afghanistan’s chaseShami and Jasprit Bumrah combined to help India survive a massive scareIndia bowlers helped the former champions seal 2 points in a last-over thriller against Afghanistan at ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Saturday.Opting to bat first, India managed only 224 in 50 overs as Afghanistan spinners put the brakes on the scoring rate on a sluggish Rose Bowl pitch in Southampton. Holding their nerves, the India bowlers, led by Mohammed Shami, shot Afghanistan out for 213 and helped India survive a massive scare.India vs Afghanistan, World Cup 2019: Report | HighlightsMohammed Shami was the star of the show for India in Southampton as he picked up a hat-trick in the final over. Shami, who was playing his first World Cup 2019 match on Saturday after replacing an injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar, picked up 3 wickets, including that of half-centurion Mohammad Nabi, in the final over wherein Afghanistan needed 16 runs.Shami hit the timber twice in the last over, sending Indian fans at The Rose Bowl into a tizzy. The Bengal pacer finished with figures of 4 for 40 in 9.5 overs as he combined with pace bowling partner Jasprit Bumrah as India flaunted their bowling firepower with a strong show vs Afghanistan.”It is a very good feeling. Taking a hat-trick is a big thing and doing it at World Cup stage is even better,” Shami told bcci.tv after the match-winning spell.Shami added: “There were 16 runs to defend in the final over. I thought it was enough for me. Afghanistan needed 21-22 (21) from the last 2 overs.Shami also said he trusted Bumrah to make his job easier by being miserly in the penultimate over. Bumrah, who had turned things around by removing well-set Hashmatullah Shahidi and Rahmat Shah in the 29th over, gave away just 5 runs when Afghanistan needed 21 runs in the last 2 overs.advertisement”I trusted you that you won’t give away a lot [in the 49th over]. From inside, I believed 16 runs was enough for me. I got the opportunity to execute my plans. If it had been anything less than that, then I would have found it difficult to execute plans,” Shami added.PACE SPECIAL: @Jaspritbumrah93 & @MdShami11 discuss #TeamIndia’s bowling heroics against Afghanistan & that very special Shami hat-trick – Interview by @RajalAroraFull video link https://t.co/13rbvlM24i pic.twitter.com/B9Zd2Xm4K3BCCI (@BCCI) June 23, 2019″Enjoyed my bowling with Jasprit Bumrah at the other end. We started well. We gave away a bit of runs in the middle overs. But I had the belief we would pull things back in the last 10 overs.”Also Read | World Cup 2019: Memes galore as Virat Kohli pleads with folded hands to umpire over DRS callAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India had faith in death bowlers, says Kedar JadhavAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs AfghanistanFollow Mohammed ShamiFollow ICC World Cup 2019 India vs Afghanistan: Getting a World Cup hat-trick great feeling, says Mohammed ShamiICC Cricket World Cup: Mohammed Shami became only the second Indian bowler after Chetan Sharma in 1987 to pick up a hat-trick in World Cups. The India pacer shone with the ball as Virat Kohli’s men defended 224 successfully against Afghanistan on Saturday. view more view less graphslast_img

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