India secured a thrilling victory over Afghanistan in the final T20I in Bengaluru, winning in a dramatic second Super Over and clinching a 3-0 series sweep. While the home team had already sealed the series with previous wins in Mohali and Indore, the final match at M Chinnaswamy Stadium unfolded as a night of intense drama. The hero of the match, Virat Kohli, produced a stunning effort near the boundary line, saving 5 certain runs for Team India during the third T20I against Afghanistan.
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A Night of Intense Drama
The match between India and Afghanistan was nothing short of a rollercoaster ride. After India set an imposing total of 212/4, Afghanistan matched the score at 212/6, leading to a deadlock. The game went into a Super Over, where both teams posted 16/1 each. It was then followed by a second Super Over, where India batted first and scored 11/2. Spinner Ravi Bishnoi ensured a win for India in just three deliveries, conceding only one run for two wickets.
Virat Kohli's Outstanding Save in the Boundary
During Afghanistan's chase, Virat Kohli showcased his superhuman abilities with a breathtaking save near the boundary. In the 17th over, Karim Janat attempted a big shot towards the long-on boundary against off-spinner Washington Sundar. The ball seemed destined to clear the ropes, but Kohli executed an incredible leap, almost completing a one-handed catch. Realizing he couldn't hold on to the ball without crossing over the ropes, Kohli swiftly flicked the ball into play before touching the boundary ropes. This exceptional effort saved five assured runs for the team, leaving fans and fellow Indian players in the dugout in awe.
Brilliant Catch and Run Out
In addition to his outstanding fielding display, Kohli later pulled off a brilliant catch that earned recognition as the fielding effort of the night. When Najibullah Zadran lofted a delivery from Avesh Khan into the air, Kohli sprinted to complete the catch impressively, further contributing to India's remarkable fielding performance.
Kohli's exploits in the field did not end there. He got the dangerous Gulbadin run out off the very first ball of the first Super Over with a sharp throw from long on. Despite a forgettable outing with the bat as he was dismissed for a first-ball duck, Kohli's fielding prowess proved to be invaluable for the Indian team.
Rohit Sharma and Rinku Singh's Heroics
While Kohli played a crucial role in India's victory through his exceptional fielding, it was Rohit Sharma and Rinku Singh who led the charge with the bat. After a disastrous start, with India reeling at 22/4, Sharma and Singh displayed immense resilience and skill to guide the team to a solid total of 212/4 in 20 overs. Sharma remained unbeaten with an outstanding knock of 121, while Singh provided valuable support with his unbeaten 69.