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Kohli, Bhuvneshwar shine as India beat Afghanistan by 101 runs

Kohli strikes unbeaten 122 off just 61 balls

AP09_08_2022_000341A Bhuvneshwar Kumar celebrates with teammates after taking his fifth wicket of Afghanistan's Azmatullah Omarzai | PTI

Virat Kohli smashed his first hundred since November 2019 as India thrashed Afghanistan by a mammoth 101 runs in an inconsequential Asia Cup Super 4 match in Dubai on Thursday.

Kohli struck a delightful unbeaten 122 off just 61 balls, while stand-in skipper KL Rahul scored 62 off 41 deliveries to power India to an imposing 212 for two after being put into bat.

India defended the target with ease, restricting Afghanistan to 111 for eight.

Ibrahim Zadran top-scored for the Afghans, remaining unbeaten on 64.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (5/4) sparkled with the ball for India.

Brief Scores:

India: 212 for 2 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 122 not out, KL Rahul 62; Fareed Ahmed 2/57).

Afghanistan: 111 for 8 in 20 overs (Ibrahim Zadran 64 not out; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 5/4). PTI SSC SSC BS BS 09082244

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