Afghans push India to the edge

Updated: September 20, 2012

Afghanistan put on a gutsy display against India in their opening match of the T20 World Cup, eventually going down by 23 runs.

The part-timers from the war-ravaged nation, many of whom took up cricket in refugee camps in Pakistan, gave India’s multi-millionaires a scare before lack of experience cost them.

At the Premadasa stadium, they let India off the hook with four dropped catches and 14 wides but still restricted one of the most formidable batting line-ups in world cricket to a manageable 159-5.

In reply, Afghanistan raced to an impressive 75-2 in the 12th over before a late collapse saw the non-test side bowled out for 136 with three balls to spare, losing by 23 runs.

India 159 for 5 (Kohli 50, Raina 38, Shapoor 2-33) beat Afghanistan 136 (Nabi 31, Balaji 3-19, Yuvraj 3-24, Ashwin 2-20) by 23 runs