India batsman Virat Kohli did not have the kind of outing he would have wanted in his second home at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The third T20I between India and Afghanistan is underway and the hosts are batting first after winning the toss.
India is going through a testing time in the ongoing game. The Afghan bowlers are keeping the intensity high with the ball and have put pressure on the opposition. After Yashasvi Jaiswal got out, Virat Kohli was expected to stabilize the innings but that was not the case.
Virat Kohli bagged a golden duck and the entire Chinnaswamy was paralyzed. Nobody expected the batsman to die like that on his way out and it was a heartbreak for all the fans, who paid to see the homeboy in the Indian attire in the shortest format of the game.
During the fourth ball of the third over, Fareed Ahmad bowled a short ball which Virat Kohli tried to slap. He tried to throw but the ball just came off the bat. The ball rose and was easily caught by the man on half-time.
It was quite unexpected to see Virat Kohli play such a shot on the first ball. The batsman tried to confront the pitchers from the beginning, but it didn’t work. This has been his comeback series in the format and he surely would not have wanted to have that type of series.
Virat Kohli missed the first match due to personal reasons and returned in the second. He played an aggressive knock in Indore and finished with 29 runs. He tried to play with intent and hit with a high strike rate.
Since the ongoing series is the last one for India before the T20 World Cup 2024, Virat Kohli would now want to make an impact in the IPL. The current league will be crucial for him in the context of his selection for the tournament.
IND vs AFG: After Virat Kohli, Sanju Samson also takes the golden duck
After Virat Kohli got out, things got even worse for India when Sanju Samson also got a golden duck. The wicketkeeper-batsman was playing his first match of the series after being on the bench for the first two matches. It was an opportunity for him to assert his authority in the format.
However, Sanju Samson could not continue as he died on the third ball of the fourth ball to Fareed Ahmad. He came out with a short ball that was outside and angled. The wicketkeeper-batsman tried to shoot to try and score quickly. But he got the upper hand in the process.
The ball went high and Mohammad Nabi caught it easily. With his wicket, India were left reeling at 22/4. However, after that, captain Rohit Sharma and Rinku Singh got the team out of trouble with their 100-run partnership.
IND vs AFG: Watch: Chinnaswamy crowd silenced as Virat Kohli takes golden duck