India outclass Afghanistan at Twenty20

India opened their Twenty20 World Cup campaign with a comfortable seven-wicket win over debutantes Afghanistan on Saturday.

The part-timers from Afghanistan were outclassed in every department but posted a respectable total of 115 for eight thanks to 50 from opener Noor Ali and 30 by Asghar Stanikzai.

Despite losing three wickets, India had few problems reaching their target with 31 balls to spare. Murali Vijay top-scored with a brisk 48 that featured three sixes.

India play their next Group C match against South Africa on Sunday while Afghanistan meet the South Africans on Wednesday. The top two teams advance. – Reuters

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