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Afghanistan learning ‘day by day’ at WC, says Naib

24 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib said his inexperienced team were learning “day by day” despite the pain of losing to India when in sight of a famous World Cup win on Saturday, reports AFP.

The unfancied Afghans, playing in just their second World Cup, restricted Virat Kohli’s title contenders to 224 for eight in 50 overs in Southampton and were always in with a chance of an upset.

But a Mohammed Shami hat-trick finally ended their resistance and condemned them to an 11-run defeat — a sixth straight loss at the tournament in England and Wales.

“At the start of the tournament, when we played the first four games, we lost really badly, and also we played against England and now India as strong sides and the other favourites of the tournament,” Naib told reporters. “So I think we’re now getting better and better day by day.”