In the first T20I, India defeated Afghanistan by six wickets.
On Thursday, January 11, India and Afghanistan began their three-match Twenty20 International series by playing at the Punjab Cricket Association’s IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. Afghanistan lost the toss and choose to bat first to start the match.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran scored 23 and 25 runs, respectively, to start the visitors’ batting. Also scoring 29 runs in 22 deliveries was Azmatullah Omarzai. Afghanistan’s top run scorer, the experienced Mohammad Nabi, plundered 42 runs in just 27 deliveries, leading his team to 158 runs in the opening innings.
India’s top wicket-takers were Axar Patel and Mukesh Kumar, who both claimed two wickets; Shivam Dube claimed one wicket; and the Indians restricted Afghanistan to a manageable score.
Thanks to Shivam Dube’s brilliance, India wins its first T20I match.
With the intention of reaching the 159-run goal, the Indian side was in difficulty when captain Rohit Sharma was dismissed for a duck. To give the hosts some steadiness, Shubman Gill and Tilak Varma scored 23 and 26 runs, respectively.
All-rounder Shivam Dube’s hit, though, was what really helped India win handily. Dube’s knock, which saw him score 60* runs in 40 deliveries, was essential to India winning the match and taking the lead in the series.
In addition, Jitesh Sharma scored 31 runs as India triumphed by six wickets. Even though Azmatullah Omarzai scored one run and Mujeeb Ur Rahman claimed two wickets, the Afghan squad was unable to contain the Indians despite their efforts.