Rohit Sharma's fifth T20 century and Rinku Singh's second half-century led India to score 212/4 in 20 overs. Now, Afghanistan will have to score 213 runs in just 120 balls at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
Earlier, India won the toss, and skipper Rohit Sharma said the Indian squad will bat first.
Batting first, India lost 4 quick wickets to Afghanistan pacers, where Fareed Ahmad dismissed Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, and Sanju Samson. Both Kohli and Samson went to the pavilion for a golden duck.
While Azmatullah Omarzai dismissed Shivam Dube (1). Rohit Sharma and Rinku Singh first stabilized the innings and then hammered the Afghan bowlers. Rohit Sharma's (121*) smashed his 5th T20 century, and this has become his highest individual score. Also, with this, Sharma has become the only batter with 5 centuries in T20 cricket. Rinku Singh too scored his half-century (69*), as India scored 212/4 in 20 overs.
Rohit Sharma-led energized Indian squad mulls to sweep the three-match T20 series against Afghanistan after defeating the latter by 6 wickets at Holkar stadium in Indore on 14 January.
India is facing Afghanistan at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Wednesday for the last and third T20 match. The match between India and Afghanistan will be broadcast on the Sports 18 network and will be live-streamed on JioCinema from 7 pm (IST) onwards.
It is expected that the Indian management may make some changes in the playing XI as they are trying to provide opportunities to players who have been sitting on the bench.
On the other hand, Afghanistan will try to salvage some pride in the final encounter.
Before this T20I match, both India and Afghanistan faced each other three times in the T20 World Cups once in the Asia Cup and twice in the previous bilateral series. India have won all five matches.
Definitely, tails up for Afghanistan at the halfway mark. It looks like it will be Avesh Khan who will bowl.