Bengaluru, 18th January 2024 – The M Chinnaswamy Stadium witnessed a cricketing spectacle as India secured a thrilling 3-0 series sweep against Afghanistan in a heart-stopping T20 International encounter. The final match on Wednesday kept fans on the edge of their seats, culminating in two Super Overs to determine the series winner.
The clash unfolded as a run-feast, with Indian skipper Rohit Sharma stealing the show by blazing a quick-fire century, scoring 121 runs off just 69 balls. Rinku Singh played a crucial role in the spectacle, contributing 69 runs in 39 balls. Their unbeaten 190-run partnership etched a new record as the highest-ever T20I partnership for India.
Despite India setting an imposing target of 212-4, Afghanistan, trailing 0-2 in the series, displayed remarkable resilience. Contributions from Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, and Gulbadin Naib forced the game into a nail-biting Super Over. The first Super Over ended in a tie, leading to a dramatic second Super Over where India eventually emerged victorious, securing the series without any setbacks.
Credit was given to Afghanistan for turning the match into a thrilling contest. Gurbaz and Zadran set the tone with a formidable opening wicket stand, showcasing the team’s determination and fighting spirit.
Rohit Sharma’s century marked a significant comeback after being dismissed for a duck in the first two matches. Facing early challenges in the powerplay, including the loss of Virat Kohli for a golden duck, Rohit showcased his T20 prowess by completing his century in the 19th over, becoming the first person to score five T20I tons.
Rinku Singh played the role of a finisher, displaying patience when needed and unleashing a hat-trick of sixes in the final over. The Rohit-Rinku duo’s onslaught resulted in 36 runs in the last over, adding a spectacular finish to a high-stakes encounter in Bengaluru.
The T20 series between India and Afghanistan concluded with a memorable match in Bengaluru, where India’s resilience and Afghanistan’s spirited fight made it a contest to remember. Rohit Sharma’s century and the thrilling Super Overs will be etched in the memories of cricket enthusiasts, marking a fitting end to an intense series.