Colombo: The final margin might have been a comfortable 23 runs, but this was far from a walk in the park for India.
Afghanistan, short on experience but not on enthusiasm or skill, gave the ICC World Twenty20 2007 champions a real run for their money at the R Premadasa Stadium on Wednesday (September 19) night, competing on an almost-equal footing for more than three-fourths of the Group A contest before bowing to a superior side.
Nawroz Mangal had opted to field, saying batting was his team's stronger suit, but that assertion came under scrutiny right at the start. The two unrelated Zadrans, Shapoor and Dawlat, bowled excellent opening spells to harry Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag. Shapoor got rid of both of them during an excellent first spell of 3-0-19-2.