- Virat Kohli said that the arrival of Ashwin was an achievement for the team
- Ashwin took 2 wickets for 14 runs in 4 overs
- Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul scored half-centuries
R Ashwin’s return to the match against Afghanistan was instrumental in his victory. Four years later, Ashwin took advantage of the opportunity to play for India’s T20 team. He took two wickets and conceded just 14 runs in 4 overs. While all the other bowlers conceded more than 6 runs in the over, Ashwin’s presence helped India.
Captain Virat Kohli has hailed Ashwin’s arrival as a positive for the team. There have been allegations from many quarters that Ashwin’s release was due to a long-running feud with Kohli. But Kohli did not hesitate to praise Ashwin after the match. Kohli said that Ashwin had worked hard and it was evident in the IPL as well.
Kohli said the batsmen were incensed by the need for a net run rate. The matter was discussed at the team meeting. The decision was made not to give up even the slightest possibility. The net run rate was played to their advantage. Kohli said the openers and power hitters batted well. Rohit Sharma (74), KL Rahul (69), Rishabh Pant (27) and Hardik Pandya (35) were the top scorers for India.
Pakistan advance to semi-finals