SOUTHAMPTON – India struggled to 224 for eight in their 50 overs against World Cup whipping boys Afghanistan, failing to get out of second gear in Saturday's group match in Southampton.
In-form opener Rohit Sharma, who has scored two hundreds so far in the tournament, was dismissed for just one by off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman as unbeaten India made a sluggish start after opting to bat under sunny skies on England's south coast.
The rest of India's powerful top order all got established, with skipper Virat Kohli making 67 from 63 balls.
But none went on to play a decisive innings for the two-time champions in front of thousands of their fanatical supporters.
They hit just 16 boundaries – including only one six – against an Afghanistan side who have lost all five of the matches in the tournament so far and at times have looked out of their depth.