India beat Afghanistan as Rohit Sharma makes record-breaking century

New Delhi: Indian captain Rohit Sharma slammed a record-seventh century in an ODI World Cup as India defeated Afghanistan by eight wickets and 90 balls to spare in match no. 9 of the ICC World Cup 2023 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium here. 

Rohit scored 131 after Jasprit Bumrah’s spell of 4/39 limited Afghans to 271/8 despite a fighting 80 by skipper Hasmatullah Shahidi.

The firework-filled innings saw records galore by Rohit Sharma, who became the joint-fastest to 1000 runs in a World Cup (tied with David Warner at 19 innings each), surpassing Chris Gayle’s record of most sixes (553), most centuries in a 50-over World Cup (7) and the fastest century by an Indian at the World Cup (63 balls) — in that order — during the course of his 31st ODI century.

Chasing the target, Rohit Sharma unleashed himself on the Afghan bowling line-up from the third over, when he clipped Fazalhaq Farooqi for a boundary through the square leg region. Faroozi faced the wrath of Rohit in his next two overs as the Indian opener shot him for two sixes and four boundaries while India crossed the 50-run mark by the beginning of the seventh over.

Ishan Kishan was a mere spectator at the other end as Sharma reached his half-century with a single in the next over. There was never any respite on the offer for the Afghan bowlers in the powerplay as India reached 94/0 by the end of the 10th over. The Indian captain was not out on 77 in just 43 deliveries.

Rohit appeared to drop his intensity a bit after the first power play but soon wreaked havoc at spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who was taken to the cleaners in the 14th over with three boundaries. The skipper soon entered the 90s and brought up his century in the 18th over while India crossed the 150-run mark with Kishan also closing on his maiden World Cup half-century.

Rohit continued his onslaught with Virat Kohli as the duo added a further 49 runs for the second wicket to take India past 200 runs. The skipper’s innings came to a fold at 131 runs off 84 balls (15 fours and five sixes) with Rashid Khan castling the batter in the 26th over.


PCB chief to travel to India for India-Pakistan match

Lahore: Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Management Committee Chairman, Zaka Ashraf will travel to India to witness the team’s match against India, scheduled to take place at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

Ashraf made the decision to travel to India after it was confirmed that the media personnel were given the go ahead to submit their passports for an Indian visa to cover the ICC Men’s World Cup 2023, PCB said in a release.

“I have delayed my travel to India, and I am traveling tomorrow after receiving confirmation that Pakistan’s journalists have been asked to submit their passports to obtain visas to cover the mega event. I am happy that my conversation with the foreign office helped achieve a positive development regarding the visa delay,” the PCB chief said.

Pakistan have won two games at the World Cup – against the Netherlands in Hyderabad – and completed a record chase against Sri Lanka at the same venue. 

They take on India in Ahmedabad in what will be the most anticipated game in the tournament’s league phase.

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