By: Press Trust of India | Adelaide | February 10, 2015 6:59 pm
India rode on a brilliant innings from Rohit Sharma and posted 364 on board before restricting Afghanistan on 211/8 to win the match by 153 runs in Adelaide.
Riding on Rohit Sharma’s strokeful 150, an under-fire India finally registered a win after a long time as they crushed minnows Afghanistan by 153 runs in their second and final World Cup warm-up match here today.
Chasing a mammoth score, Afghanistan, who are making their first 50-over World Cup appearance, played cautious cricket but could only manage to score 211 for eight in 50 overs.
But the day belonged to Rohit, whose dominating innings laid the foundation of a strong batting show. He stitched a 158-run third wicket partnership with Suresh Raina (75) to help India gain ground.
The left-handed Raina was unlucky to be run out after hitting 5 fours and 3 sixes in his 71-ball stay but Rohit carried on the good work with Ajinkya Rahane (88 not out).
The duo stitched a 95-run fourth wicket partnership to deflate the Afghan hopes.
Rohit was finally picked up by off-spinner Mohammad Nabi but not after he had hit 12 fours and 7 sixes in his 122 ball knock.
Dhoni (10) once again failed to get going and looked completely out of sorts in his 20-ball stay at the wicket but Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja (11 not out) made sure the score was challenging enough.
Afghanistan started on a cautious note as opener Usman Ghani and former captain Nawroz Mangal managed a 63 run second wicket partnership but the strategy did not work and the asking-rate kept mounting.
Asghar Stanikzai (20) and later wicketkeeper-batsman Afsar Zazai (24 not out) also contributed but the target proved beyond reach for World Cup first-timers.
On the batting front as well, the Indian players had a good outing before their crucial opening match against Pakistan.
Rohit and Raina complimented each other in the course of their partnership as the duo hit the hapless Afghan spinners at will.
Rohit hit 19 boundaries, including seven sixes in his punishing knock while Raina also tormented the rival bowlers with his aggressive strokeplay.
Following Raina’s run out, Rahane walked to the crease and remained their till the end, scoring a confident 88 off just 61 balls, steering India past 350-run mark.
Medium-pacer Mirwais Ashraf (0/29) was the only Afghan bowler who managed an under-five economy rate in his six wicketless overs while others bled runs.
Hassan, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran and Nabi picked up a wicket each.