Team India Cruises to Six-Wicket Win in Second T20 Against Afghanistan, Takes Unassailable Series Lead


Indian cricket fans erupted in celebration as their national team secured a commanding six-wicket victory over Afghanistan in the second T20 match of their three-game series on Sunday, January 14, 2024. This convincing win not only puts them on the brink of series victory but also extends their remarkable winning streak in the shortest format.

Afghanistan Posts a Competitive 172

Opting to bat first after winning the toss, Afghanistan put up a competitive total of 172 runs for 8 wickets on the board in their allotted 20 overs. Gulbadin Naib once again proved to be a thorn in India’s side, smashing a belligerent 57 runs off just 35 balls, while Najibullah Zadran and Karim Janat chipped in with useful contributions of 23 and 20 runs respectively. The Indian bowlers put on a decent show, with Arshdeep Singh claiming three wickets while Axar Patel and Ravi Bishnoi picked up two apiece.

Jaiswal and Dube Power India to the Target

Chasing a challenging target of 173, the Indian openers, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Ishan Kishan, got off to a blazing start. Jaiswal, in particular, was in destructive form, smashing six maximums on his way to a quickfire 68 runs off just 34 balls. Kishan provided able support with a brisk 27 runs before his dismissal. Once the openers laid the foundation, Shivam Dube took over, anchoring the chase with an unbeaten 63 off 32 balls, including four sixes. With Virat Kohli contributing a valuable 29 runs, India comfortably reached the target in the 15th over, losing just four wickets.

Dominant Performance Continues for India

This win further strengthens India’s dominance in the T20 format. The Men in Blue have now won their last six T20 matches, showcasing their consistent form and ruthless efficiency. The comfortable win against Afghanistan also puts them in a commanding position to clinch the series with one match remaining.

Key Takeaways:

  • India beat Afghanistan by 6 wickets in the second T20 match.
  • Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shivam Dube were the stars of the show with impressive half-centuries.
  • This win gives India an unassailable lead in the three-game series.
  • India’s winning streak in T20 cricket continues.

Looking Ahead:

The final match of the T20 series between India and Afghanistan will be played on January 17, 2024. While India will be aiming for a clean sweep and maintaining their winning momentum, Afghanistan will be looking to salvage some pride with a consolation win. The stage is set for another exciting encounter between the two teams.

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