Afghanistan held on to their nerves as they pulled off a tie against India in the Asia Cup 2018 match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Chasing 253 to win, India were bowled out for 252 with Ravindra Jadeja perishing on the penultimate ball of the last over. India needed seven runs from the last over, with Jadeja in the lead role. He smashed Rashid Khan for a boundary to brings the equation down to one off two balls. However, the left-hander was caught near mid-wicket as the game ended in a tie. You can watch the video highlights of IND vs AFG here.
For India, top order contributed the most with openers Ambati Rayudu and KL Rahul sharing 110 for the first wicket. Rayudu was the first one to be dismissed on 57 and then Rahul too lost his wicket at an individual score of 60. India then kept losing wickets at the regular intervals as Afghanistan never gave up. Once Dinesh Karthik, who scored 44, was dismissed Afghanistan bounced back in the game. IND vs AFG Asia Cup 2018- As it Happened
Earlier in the day, Afghanistan opener Mohammad Shahzad's entertaining century and sensible innings from Mohammad Nabi helped Afghanistan post 252/8. Right from the start Shahzad (124) played freely and punished Indian bowlers all around the park. The way he was playing can be judged that his partner Javed Ahmadi played 30 balls and scored five runs in the 65 run partnership for the first wicket. Mohammad Shahzad, Centurion Against India at Asia Cup 2018 Once Said 'Why Diet Like Virat Kohli When You Can Hit Longer Sixes Than Him'
Unperturbed by the fall of the wicket in the 13th over, Shahzad kept on playing fiercely. With 81 runs on the board, Rahmat Shah (3) was dismissed by Ravindra Jadeja in the 15th over. In the very next over, Hashmatullah Shahidi (0) and captain Asghar Afghan (0) were dismissed by chinaman Kuldeep Yadav to make the scoreboard read 82/4.
Shahzad and Gulbadin Naib (15) then joined in the middle and Naib just gave the strike to his partner, who was smashing all over the park. In the process, Shahzad completed his century. But while trying to increase the scoring rate, Naib was also dismissed by Deepak Chahar in the 29th over. Asia Cup 2018 Leading Run-Scorers: Shikhar Dhawan Leads List of Batsmen With Most Runs in Asian Cricket Tournament.
New batsman Nabi and Najibullah Zadran then joined in the middle and added a few runs before Zadran was sent back to the pavilion by Jadeja. Towards the end, Khaleel Ahmed packed up in-form Nabi and Afghanistan finished the innings at 252/8. For India, Jadeja picked up three wickets while Kuldeep took two wickets. (Inputs IANS).