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India take lowly ranked Afghans

Thursday 20 Sep 2012 6:39 a.m.

Virat Kohli scored a half-century

Virat Kohli scored a half-century

Virat Kohli scored a half-century while Lakshmipathy Balaji and Yuvraj Singh combined for six wickets to propel India to a 23-run win against Afghanistan at the World Twenty20.

The lowly ranked Afghans, who reached the tournament through qualifying, put up a challenge in patches against one of the favorites to win the trophy.

However, their inexperience meant they couldn't sustain the pressure in the Group A match.

Afghanistan captain Nawroz Mangal won the toss and sent in India, which made 159-5 in 20 overs. Kohli hit two sixes and four boundaries for 50 off 39 balls.

In reply, Afghanistan was bowled out for 136 runs in the final over. Mohammad Nabi top-scored with 31. Balaji claimed 3-19 while Yuvraj took 3-24.

AP

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