Jaiswal, Dube half-centuries give India 2-0 lead against Afghanistan in T20 cricket series


In the second Twenty20 cricket international on Sunday, India secured a six-wicket victory against Afghanistan, taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shivam Dube both contributed half-centuries, with Jaiswal scoring 68 off 34 balls and Dube finishing with an unbeaten 63 off 32 balls. The Holkar Stadium witnessed India successfully chasing down Afghanistan’s 172 all out with 26 balls to spare. Dube’s performance marked his second consecutive half-century in the series. The third and final T20 is scheduled for Wednesday in Bengaluru. Despite India skipper Rohit Sharma’s early dismissal, Jaiswal’s aggressive batting and Dube’s fireworks propelled India to victory, reaching the target in the 16th over. Earlier, Arshdeep Singh’s 3-32 restricted Afghanistan to a below-par score, with Gulbadin Naib top-scoring with 57.

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Indian spinners, Ravi Bishnoi and Axar Patel, played crucial roles in dismissing Afghanistan’s openers early on. Afghanistan, initially struggling at 104-5, made a recovery in the death overs, posting a total beyond 170. Rashid Khan was absent from the series due to a back injury, and India, winning the toss, chose to field, making changes to the lineup.

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