The third T20 match between India and Afghanistan in Bengaluru ended in a tie in the second Super Over. Indian team has won thrice in this.
The Indian team batted first in this match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Captain Rohit Sharma played well on behalf of the Indian team. Rohit Sharma, who was ducked out in the first 2 matches, stood firm in this match and moved towards a big innings. Rohit Sharma scored 121 runs off 69 balls. This is his fifth century in T20Is. With this, he also achieved the record of being the player who scored the highest century in T20 Internationals.
Along with Rohit’s action, Ringu Singh also hit sixes in the final innings and crossed his half-century. Due to the action of the two, the Indian team added 36 runs in the last over only and the score became 212.
For Afghanistan, their top 3 batsmen scored fifties and the match was interesting. Gulbadin had stood till the end and made the fire fly. He scored 18 runs in the last over to tie the match. As the match was tied, the game went to Super Over.
Afghanistan batted first in the Super Over and added 16 runs. Mohammed Nabi hit the penultimate ball of the over bowled by Mukesh for a six. 3 runs off the last ball. There was an argument between Nabi and Rohit. Nabi would have been beaten by that ball. But he ran.
Wicket keeper Samson tried to run out and threw the ball to bowler Mukesh when the ball hit Nabi’s pad and went away. Even after this Nabi ran. This is why Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli were tense. But Afghanistan were given those runs.
India chased down 17 runs. Rohit Sharma hit two sixes off the last ball as India needed 2 runs to win. Jaiswal was on strike. At this point Rohit Sharma ‘retired out’ and invited Ringu Singh in. Rohit took this decision because Ringu could run faster than him. But with Omarzai bowling well, they managed to score only one run. The match was again tied. The game again went to a super over.
India batting first in the second super over. As Rohit was not out in the first super over, he came back into the field. Ringu Singh was with him. Afghanistan had doubts whether the ‘retired out’ Rohit would play. The Afghan players also appealed to the umpires. But the umpires allowed Rohit to field as per the rules. Rohit hit a six in the first ball and a four in the next, then a single. India’s innings ended with Ringu and Samson getting out in the next two balls of the over bowled by Parid Ahmed. 12 runs target for Afghanistan!
Nabi and Gurbazum are the openers for Afghanistan. Ravi Bishnoi took the ball for India. Nabi prepares to hit hard down the leg side anticipating Bishnoi to throw a googly, an alert Bishnoi throws his rare leg break, Nabi takes a long apple catch and is out! Similarly, Bishnoi took the wicket of Gurbaz in the third ball and India won in a way.
The match was full of excitement as it turned out to be one of the rare games to go to Super Over twice.