Asia Cup Super 4: India Vs Afghanistan Match Ends In A Thrilling Tie

| September 26 , 2018 , 13:33 IST

The much anticipated Super-4 clash of Asia Cup 2018 between India and Afghanistan which had also witnessed MS Dhoni's comeback as skipper ended in a thrilling tie at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.

Chasing a stiff target of 253, the defending champions got off to a lightning start from the new opening pair of Lokesh Rahul who smashed 60-runs off 66 balls and Ambati Rayudu (57-runs off 49 balls) the duo went on to add 110-runs partnership before a mini-collapse, few run-outs, and umpiring errors, eventually resulted in a tie.

Mohammed Nabi gave India 1st set-back in the form of Rayudu, soon after that Rashid then joined the party by removing Rahul before Dinesh Karthik's (44 off 66; 4X4) sedate knock stabilised things for the Men-in-Blue.

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However, the Tamil Nadu wicket-keeper, failed to find adequate support from the other end as MS Dhoni fell on (8), Manish Pandey (8) and Kedar Jadhav (19) fell in quick succession before an umpiring blunder sent the Karthik back to the Pavilion.

Towards the end, Ravindra Jadeja played a lone battle even as the bowlers Deepak Chahar (12), Kuldeep Yadav (9) and Siddharth Kaul (0) could not fetch the required support to the southpaw.

Needing 7-runs off the final over, Ravindra Jadeja (25 off 34) struck a boundary on the second ball off leg-spinner Rashid Khan before taking two singles with last man Khaleel Ahmed in the company.

With 1 needed off the final two balls, Jadeja pulled the fifth delivery towards midwicket only to find Najibullah running in from deep to grab it with both hands and help Afghanistan bow out of the tournament with their head held high.

For the Afghans, pacer Aftab Alam and spin duo of Nabi and Rashid picked two wickets each while Javed Ahmadi picked one.

Earlier, electing to bat, Afghanistan rode opener Mohammad Shahzad's entertaining century and sensible innings from Nabi to post a healthy 252/8 against a relatively inexperienced Indian attack.

Nabi (64 off 56) also provided a valuable support adding a vital 48-run stand for the sixth wicket before finally losing Shahzad to part-timer Kedar Jadhav.

Brief Scores at the end of the day: Afghanistan- 252/8 (Mohammad Shahzad 124, Mohammad Nabi 64; Ravindra Jadeja 3/46) tied with India 252 (Lokesh Rahul 60, Ambati Rayudu 56, Dinesh Karthik 44; Mohammed Nabi 2/40, Rashid Khan 2/41).