In a thrilling showdown between India and Afghanistan during the 3rd T20I, the game took an unexpected turn as Afghanistan staged a remarkable comeback, forcing the match into not just one but two Super Overs. Initially, defending a target of 213, India looked to have the game under control after dismissing both of Afghanistan’s openers. However, Mohammad Nabi and Gulbadin Naib’s incredible fightback turned the tables.
Nabi’s departure for 34 off 16 marked the end of a fiery 56-run partnership with Gulbadin in just 22 balls. Despite wickets falling at the other end, Gulbadin’s unbeaten 55 off 23 helped Afghanistan tie the scores, leading to an intense Super Over. The first Super Over concluded with both teams scoring 16 runs, necessitating a second Super Over to determine the winner. In a dramatic turn, India scored 11 runs in their second Super Over, and Afghanistan, needing 12 for victory, managed only one run, resulting in India’s victory.
The match’s earlier narrative saw Rohit Sharma and Rinku Singh rescuing India from a precarious position, eventually posting a formidable total of 212/4 in 20 overs. India faced early setbacks with the ball, losing four wickets in the powerplay, but Rohit and Rinku’s partnership, scoring an unbeaten 190 off 95 balls, turned the game around. Rohit’s stellar performance, including his fifth T20I century (121 off 69), and Rinku’s aggressive batting in the death overs showcased an extraordinary display of skill and determination. The duo’s onslaught in the last five overs, accumulating 103 runs, added a thrilling twist to the match and set the stage for an unforgettable contest.