1st T20I: All-round Shivam Dube fires India to easy win over Afghanistan | Cricket News, Times of India
The article covers India’s victory over Afghanistan in the first Twenty20 international, with all-rounder Shivam Dube playing a key role. Despite extremely cold weather in Mohali, Dube’s unbeaten half-century and a wicket helped India chase down the target of 159, leading the three-match series 1-0. India’s bowlers, led by Axar Patel, restricted Afghanistan to 158-5. The chilly conditions, with temperatures as low as nine degrees Celsius, posed challenges for players, some resorting to hand warmers. Returning skipper Rohit Sharma praised the team’s positive performance, particularly the spinners, in challenging conditions. Dube’s contribution extended beyond bowling, steering the chase with crucial partnerships. His impactful batting earned him the man of the match title. Afghanistan’s batting struggled, with notable contributions from Mohammad Nabi. The article highlights areas of improvement for Afghanistan, emphasizing fielding and batting. Virat Kohli’s absence and Rashid Khan’s recovery from back surgery were notable points. The second match is scheduled for Indore on Sunday, contributing to India’s preparation for the T20 World Cup in June.
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