The 33-year-old smashed a magnificent 53 runs off just 28 deliveries, peppering the boundary with five fours and three sixes. His innings proved to be the backbone of India’s score of 181/8, a total that ultimately proved too much for Afghanistan.

Yadav’s knock set the tone for a convincing 47-run victory for India, putting them firmly on the front foot in Group 1. This win gives them a crucial advantage as they progress through the knockout stages of the T20 World Cup.

Brief scores: India 181/8 in 20 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 53, Hardik Pandya 32; Rashid Khan 3-26, Fazalhaq Farooqi 3-33) beat Afghanistan 134 in 20 overs (Azmatullah Omarzai 26; Jasprit Bumrah 3-7, Arshdeep Singh 3-36, Kuldeep Yadav 2-32) by 47 runs.

What next for the teams?

It’s a short turnaround for the teams in the Super 8s stage, with India taking on Bangladesh in Antigua on June 22 and Afghanistan facing Australia on the same day in St Vincent.