India, Afghanistan match not fixed: Here’s why
Abu Dhabi: India kept alive their slim hopes of reaching the Twenty20 World Cup semi-finals as they crushed Afghanistan by 66 runs in on Wednesday.
The 2007 champions’ hopes of making the last four hang by a thread following heavy losses to Pakistan and New Zealand in their first two Super 12 group matches.
Group II leaders Pakistan have booked their semi-final spot and India must win their last two games to have a chance of joining them in the last four.
In a tournament where chasing teams have held a clear advantage, Kohli lost the toss and his team again batted first against a spin-heavy Afghanistan.
Some cricket fans who couldn’t help praising Kohli for his sportsman spirit after Pakistan-India match, accused him of influencing Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi’s decision after the toss.
Thousands of people shared the the toss video with claims that the Indian skipper advised Nabi to field first. Others rejected the claim,s saying, “why India would bat first when they lost two games batting first”.
Commenting on the video a user wrote, “That is Nabi telling Kohli about his decision to bowl first. That’s pretty standard that the captain tells the other captain directly before telling the commentators.” Another said the two captains could have easily discussed their plan in private if they had any match fixing plan.
“Well Paid India”, “Fixer Kings” “Shame” and “fixed” became Twitter trends as some Pakistani fans shared videos of miss fielding, a dropped catch and “lethargic Afghan players.