India vs Afghanistan, Asia Cup 2018 Highlights: Afghanistan bowl out India for 252, match tied

India vs Afghanistan, Asia Cup 2018 Highlights: Afghanistan bowl out India for 252, match tied

India vs Afghanistan, Asia Cup 2018 Highlights: India were bowled out for 252 by Afghanistan resulting in a rare tied ODI.

India vs Afghanistan, Asia Cup 2018 Highlights: India were bowled out for 252. (Source: AP)

India vs Afghanistan, Asia Cup 2018 Highlights: Ravindra Jadeja played a major role the last time India tied a match in 2014. The only two times he has played until the 50th over of an ODI has been when India have tied a match and that is an extraordinary stat considering the fact that India have thus far played just seven tied ODIs so far. Moreover, MS Dhoni’s first ODI match as captain was a tied affair. This one here was his 200th. Stats galore in Dubai after a truly thrilling game of cricket. Regardless of who wins  in the final, Afghanistan have been the toast of the tournament.

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India vs Afghanistan, Asia Cup 2018 Highlights:

Captains speak

MS Dhoni:  I think their cricket has gone up a lot. If you see how they've continued playing right from the start of the Cup, it's been commendable. They're the one country that has risen through the ranks. Good batting by them - how they fielded, how they bowled was impressive. I wouldn't say we went wrong. It was like a game of golf because we started with a handicap, we rested our main players. It was very important for the fast bowlers to fall back to the back of a length area when there was no swing full. We lost 5-6 overs there. Shot selection is also something we could have done better at as well. And there were a couple of run-out and there are a couple of things I don't want to talk about because I don't want to get fined. A tie isn't bad for is, we could have been on the losing side.

Asghar Afghan: Today's wicket was good for us because it was a spinning wicket, especially for Shahzad. Our spinners were good. Yeah when you tie with a team like India, it's like winning. They usually chase easily. It is good for the fans as well. On this type of track, Shahzad played very positive cricket. What we saw today was the real Shahzad, unfortunately it came in the last match.

Previous tied ODIs for India

vs West Indies, Perth 1991
vs Zimbabwe, Indore 1993
vs Zimbabwe, Paarl 1997
vs England, Bengaluru 2011
vs England, London (Lord's) 2012
vs Sri Lanka, Adelaide Oval 2012
vs New Zealand, Auckland 2014


When was the last time you have seen this happen. One run to win and what does Jadeja do? He picks up the one fielder that is there in the deep. Extraordinary stuff this. Afghanistan are celebrating this like a win and why shouldn't they. They have been terrific throughout this tournament and simply did not deserve to lose this match, or even any of the others. A rare tied ODI match then. 

India 2 to win off 3

Jadeja hits a four off the second ball of the over but that could also have been six. He slog sweeps it and it is not clear as to whether the ball hit the boundary directly or not. It is given as four and Jadeja runs a single after that. Which means Khaleel Ahmed is facing the third last ball of the over. 

India need 7 to win off 6

Right then, this is what it has all come down to. India 's toughest matches in this tournament have been against the 'minnows' Afghanistan and Hong Kong. How predictable was that. Rashid Khan with the ball, Jadeja on strike, one wicket and six balls left, 7 runs to go 

India need 8 off 7

Now Siddharth Kaul is run out. Tried to get the single but Hashmatullah gets a direct hit. Afghanistan have been on fire in the field today. 

India need 11 off 11

GONE! Kuldeep Yadav Run out off the first ball. That is also two runs and Jadeja is on strike. 

India need 13 off 12

Four runs off that over, Rashid will certainly be bowling the last over. And so the man with the ball for the 49th over is Aftab. 

India need 17 to win off 18

Right here we go. Afghanistan have absolutely applied the breaks on an Indian innings that was absolutely flying during that opening partnership between Rahul and Rayudu. Jadeja and Kuldeep in the middle. 

India 232/7 off 46

Jadeja and Kuldeep run a single, the ball is thrown in from the boundary to the keeper and ricochets off his glove straight on to the face of the fielder standing right behind him. He was a substitute fielder and now he needs a substititute. 

GONE! Deepak Chahar b Aftab, India 226/7

Straight through the gates and Chahar has to walk. This is a brilliant performance by Afghanistan. India haven't been too rash in their shot selection but Afghanistan have stuck to their guns and chipped away steadily. 

India 223/6 off 44 overs.

India's first four in 45 balls comes off the willow of Deepak Chahar. Keeps the pressure at bay with that one. India need 29 to win off 36. 

India 214/6 off 42

Afghanistan are doing a monumental pull back here. They have stopped India's flow of runs and the wickets have taken a toll. But, India need to deal with just singles now. Their required rate remains very much in control. 

OUT! Dinesh Karthik 44 LBW Mohammad Nabi, India 205/6

Nabi bowls this one straight and Karthik fails to connect. Pitched on leg, impact on leg but there is the possibility that the ball may have gone down the leg side. Big breakthrough here and India will start feeling the heat now. 

GONE! Kedar Jadhav 19 run out Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman, India 204/5

Oh what a way to go! Karthik hits it straight back to the bowler along the ground and Mujeeb manages to get a hand on it, it hits the stump and the bowler appeals. Umpire goes upstairs and ticks all the boxes, Kedar has to walk. 

India 203/4 off 38 overs

Karthik and Jadhav now seem to have a grip on the matters. India's deficit down to 51 needed off 72 balls. 

India 196/4 after 36 overs

Karthik has moved to 41 off 55 balls while Kedar Jadhav is on 4 off 15 balls. India now need 57 to win off 84 balls. 

India 177/4 after 32 overs

Rashid Khan has been brought back into the attack. The required run rate remains very much in control but the frequent wickets are hurting India. Afghanistan have their tails up at the moment. 

GONE! Manish Pandey c Shahzad, b Aftab, India 166/4

And the fourth one falls. Manish Pandey tries to hit it through the off side and nicks it to the keeper. Karthik had berated him in the previous ball due to a mini mix-up that almost got him out. Wonder if that had any effect on Pandey. 

India 160/3 after 29 overs

India's deficit is now in the two-digit region now. Manish Pandey is in the middle with Dinesh Karthik. Afghanistan are tight in their fielding, hardly a misfield throughout this innings. 

India 152/3 after 27 overs

Dinesh Karthik crunches the last ball of that over through mid wicket for four to bring up India's 150. This third fifty took more balls than earlier two. The three wickets India lost probably has a hand in that. 

OUT! MS Dhoni 8 LBW b Javed Ahmadi; India 142/3

Dhoni has no reviews. He stands around for some time but there is no use, he has to keep walking. Tries to flick it but the ball hits the pads. Replays show that the ball indeed would have been missing the leg stump. That is three quick wickets now. 

GONE! KL Rahul 60 LBW b Rashid Khan; India 127/2

Umpire thinks long and hard before raising the finger. Rahul reviews after consulting with Karthik. No respite for him, all three sections are red and the decision stands. So India have lost both their openers now. Stand-in captain MS Dhoni comes in. 

50 for KL Rahul

Second ODI fifty for Rahul. He has brought that off 55 balls. Dinesh Karthik is providing him company in the middle. 

50 for KL Rahul

Second ODI fifty for Rahul. He has brought that off 55 balls. Dinesh Karthik is providing him company in the middle. 

GONE! Amabati Rayudu 57 c Zadran b Nabi, India 110/1

There is the breakthrough! Rayudu goes for the big one but this time can't quite get it off the middle of the bat. The ball balloons up in the air and ends up getting caught in the deep. This opening stand has done some damage and Afghanistan still have a mountain to climb. 

India 99/0 after 15 overs

And now they are speeding up. 13 runs off Gulbadin Naib's over and, for now, it looks like this could be another walk over for India. Their going at over six runs an over, well over the required rate. 

India 73/0 after 11 overs

Rayudu dances down the track and hits it straight back over Gulbadin Naib's head for a six. The first 10 overs of the chase goes India's way completely. Rahul and Rayudu are working away nicely. 

India 33/0 off 6.4 overs

Afghanistan have come close a couple of times including one instance when the ball came off Rahul's bat and almost rolled on to the stumps. But Rayudu is taking the attack to the opposition now; hits two fours off Aftab's over. 

India 19/0 after 4 overs

Smooth sailing so far. Afghanistan have not got a chance to make a proper appeal yet. Rahul and Rayudu have done nothing flashy, just kept the scoreboard ticking quietly. A four and a six in this innings thus far. 

India 10/0 after 1 over

KL Rahul starts the innings with a four. He and Ambati Rayudu are opening the Indian innings. Two singles and the over ends with four leg byes. Good start for India. 

Afghanistan 252/8 after 50 overs

This has been quite an innings. Mohammad Shahzad provided most of the runs in the beginning and Mohammad Nabi took over after his departure. They have a worry in Rashid Khan's hamstring situation. Rashid avoided running between the wickets off the last two balls and looked to be in some discomfort. His participation or non-participation will have a big impact on the match. 

Afghanistan 247/8

Rashid Khan seems to need some treatment for hamstring. We might see more of that later during India's innings. 

GONE! Mohammad Nabi c Kuldeep Yadav b Ahmed, Afghanistan 245/8

Nabi departs on 64 after being caught at extra cover, who goes and collides with midwicket. Karthik called for it but Kuldeep could not hear him; he takes the catch but it looks like Karthik is aware of where he is because of which there was only a mild impact that both players laughed and dusted off. All very graceful indeed.  The ball remains in Kuldeep's hands and no injuries involved. 

50 for Nabi, Afghanistan 225/6 after 43.3

12th ODI half century for the 33-year-old. He has taken over the mantle of cheif run-getter since Shahzad's departure. His partnership with Najibullah Zadran is in the 40s now. 

GONE! Mohammad Shahzad c Karthi, b Jadhav; Afghanistan 180/6

And he holes out! Dinesh Karthik had to run almost 20 metres to get there but he makes no mistake. That brings to an end an incredible innings. Mohammad Shahzad tries to go for the big one, gets the elevation but not the distance. This is the third highest individual score for Afghanistan in ODIs. Shahzad holds the record for the highest. 

Afghanistan 169/5 after 36 overs

Nabi hit a six off Kaul to become the first batsman apart from Shahzad to have cleared the ropes in this innings. This is another good partnership for Afghanistan. They are making India work here. 

Afghanistan 153/5 after 33.5 overs

Nabi hits a boundary and that brings up the 150 for Pakistan. Off these 150, 115 have been scored by Shahzad alone. Sweeps past the fielder at deep backward square. 

GONE! Gulbadin Naib c Jadhav, b Chahar; Afghanistan 132/5

Gulbadin walks down the track to sweep this off his toe, holes out at deep backward square. That ends the 50-run partnership between these two. 

100 for Shahzad!

And it has come in 88 balls. He has smashed 6 sixes and 10 fours on his way to three figures. An extraordinary innings and Afghanistan are riding on him at the moment. 

India vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2018 Live

India vs Afghanistan Live: Afghanistan were on the receiving end of two close defeats in Super Four. (Source: AP)

The Indian cricket team will hope that its untested middle-order gets some game time ahead of the grand finale when it takes on an ever-improving Afghanistan in the final 'Super Four' encounter of the Asia Cup here Tuesday. India have been on a roll after an unimpressive start against Hong Kong, with couple of one-sided victories over arch-rivals Pakistan and an equally facile one against Bangladesh. With a spot in Friday's final sealed, skipper Rohit Sharma may want some of his untested middle-order batsmen to get quality time in the middle against someone of Rashid Khan's calibre. Shikhar Dhawan (327) and skipper Rohit (269) have done the bulk of the scoring in the four matches so far with very little contribution being required from the other batsmen in the line-up. The next highest scorer is Ambati Rayudu (116 runs) because he comes in at No 3. For Afghanistan, a win against the fancied Indian side will be a great end to the tournament where they have been competitive throughout, only losing out due to lack of experience. Having packed off Sri Lanka in the group league stage and crushed Bangladesh, Afghanistan were done in by inexperience during the fag end of the Super Four matches against Pakistan and Bangladesh.