A four-wicket haul from Jasprit Bumrah followed by a sensational century from Rohit Sharma and a 68th ODI fifty from Virat Kohli handed India a massive win against Afghanistan by 8 wickets inside 35 overs in match number 9 of ICC ODI World Cup 2023.

Speaking about the game, Afghanistan won the toss and opted to bat first in flattish Delhi surface. The openers got off to a decent start as they added 32 runs for the first wicket before Jasprit Bumrah drew the first blood as Ibrahim Zadran nicked past to the keeper for 22 while Hardik got rid of Rahmanullah Gurbaz for 21 with a surprise short ball and Shardul Thakur ended the short stay of Rahmat Shah leaving Afghanistan at 63/3 inside 13 overs.

Hashmatullah Shahidi and Azmatullah Omarzai led the recovery with a brilliant century stand for the fourth wicket, both batters registered their respective fifties in the course of the Partnership. Hardik Pandya, then broke the stand with a brilliant off-cutter as he cleaned up Omarzai for 62. From thereon, India chipped in with wickets at regular intervals to restrict Afghanistan to 272. Shahidi top-scored for Afghanistan with 80 while Bumrah ended his spell at 4/39 in the end.

Chasing 273, India got off to a flier as both the openers went wild against the Afghan bowlers putting up a 156 run-stand for the first wicket with Rohit Sharma scoring the fastest century by an Indian in the World Cup in the course of the partnership. Rashid Khan broke the partnership by picking Ishan Kishan for 47 off 47. Rohit Sharma amassed 131 runs before Rashid Khan cleaned him up. Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer added a fifty-run stand to take India home by 8 wickets. Kohli remained unbeaten on 55 while Shreyas Iyer was not out on 25 to get India over the line in 35 overs. Kohli registered his 68th half-century in ODIs. Rohit Sharma’s innings included 21 boundaries.

Meanwhile, let us look at the stats and numbers from the 9th game between India and Afghanistan.

7 -Rohit Sharma registered his seventh century in the ODI World Cup, the most by a batter in the ODI World Cup, he went past Sachin Tendulkar who is next on the list with 6 hundreds.

63 -Rohit Sharma recorded the fastest hundred by Indian batter in the World Cup surpassing Kapil Dev’s tally of 72 balls.

28 -Rohit Sharma has hit 28 sixes in the World Cup, the most by an Indian batter in the ODI World Cup, he surpassed Sachin’s tally of 27 sixes.

556 -Rohit Sharma has hit 556 international sixes, the most by anyone in international cricket, he surpassed Chris Gayle’s tally of 553 sixes.

29 -Rohit Sharma has registered 29 ODI Centuries as an opener, the second most by an opener in ODIs surpassing Sanath Jayasuriya’s tally of 28 centuries. Sachin Tendulkar tops the list with 45 centuries.

31 -Rohit Sharma registered his 31st ODI century, the third most by a batter in ODIs surpassing Ricky Ponting’s tally of 30 centuries. Sachin Tendulkar (49) tops the list followed by Virat Kohli (47) at second.

272 -Afghanistan posted a total of 272/8 in this game, their second-highest total in the World Cup. Their highest total is 288 against West Indies in Leeds in 2019.

2 -Hashmatullah Shahidi and Azmatullah Omarzai became the second Afghan pair to record a century stand for Afghanistan in the ODI World Cup.

8 -Virat Kohli registered his 8th fifty in the World Cup, the joint second-most by an Indian batter, he shares the spot along with Mohammad Azharuddin. Sachin Tendulkar tops the list with 15 half-centuries.

131 -Rohit Sharma scored 131 against Afghanistan, the second-highest score by the Indian Captain in the ODI World Cup, 175* from Kapil Dev against Zimbabwe is the highest score by an Indian Captain in ODI World Cup.

19 -Rohit Sharma completes 1000 ODI World Cup runs in 19 innings, the joint fastest by innings in the ODI World Cup, he shares this with David Warner. He is also the fastest Indian to complete 1000 ODI World Cup runs. 

1 -Rohit Sharma became the first Indian Captain to score a century at home in ODI World Cups.

4 -Rohit Sharma has been involved in 150+ opening partnerships for the fourth time in the ODI World Cup, the most by an Indian opener in the ODI World Cups.

20 -Every 20 years once in a World Cup an Indian captain has scored a century in ODI World Cups.

Indian Captains to score century in ODI World Cup
Kapil Dev  in 1983
Sourav Ganguly thrice in 2003
Rohit Sharma in 2023

76 –Rohit Sharma scored 76 runs in the powerplay, the second most by a batter in WC innings since 2003. Brendon McCullum tops the list with 77 against England in Wellington in 2015.

3 -Rohit Sharma has scored his third century in a successful chase in the World Cup, the most by anyone he surpassed Gordon Greenidge, Ramiz Raja and Stephen Fleming’s tally of 2.

94/0 -This is the second-highest powerplay score for India in ODIs and also the joint second-highest Powerplay score in ODI World Cup overall.

4/39 -The spell of 4/39 is the best figures for Jasprit Bumrah in ODI World Cups.


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