The Asia Cup 2018 Super Four clash between India 252 all out and Afghanistan ended in a tie as Rashid Khan bowled a brilliant last over, defending just seven runs. Video replay shows that the ball had brushed Shahzad's shoulder on the way to Dhoni. On the other side, the Afghanistani team is also in form as they defeated Bangladesh in T20 series. Umesh Yadav remained not out on an entertaining 26 off 21 balls with two fours and the same number of sixes. If that happens, Karun Nair, who had been expected to make a Test comeback, could be the one to miss out. The Afghanistan supporters grow in voice as Afghanistan edge closer to a probable victory.
Mujeeb out stumped by Dinesh Karthik off Jadeja's bowling. Having won all their last six Test series at home in the previous season, the Indians are expected to sail through easily as they aim to start the season on a high and take the confidence to the five-Test rubber in England. The Afghanistan batsman was looking to defend but the ball kept low and crashes into the stumps through the gap. Can Jadeja and Kuldeep get India home? Chahar bowls full on the middle and leg, Shahzad shuffles and flicks the ball over deep mid-wicket region for another mammoth hit. It was enjoyable, but a little stressful. The pick of Afghan bowlers was pacer Yamin Ahmadzai who sent back Dhawan and Rahul.
Today, the wicket would spin. That was some display of power from Shahzad. Late wickets have ensured that the visitors are right back in the match after a stunning start from centurions Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay. Ravindra Jadeja to Mujeeb Ur Rahman, out caught by Umesh Yadav. He sweeps Rashid Khan or a boundary towards the cow corner region. It was a damp pitch.
The father trying to calm him down. After a long discussion Asghar Afghan opts for the review. To start off, it was like a handicap in golf. Rashid is getting into rhythm and he is bowling really well. This has been a fine innings by the Indian opener. It's not in my control, once I left captainship.
But Nabi soon rectified the mistake with a superb catch at leg slip to pack back the Saurashtra batsman off the 17-year-old spinner Mujeeb. Brilliance and this knock has hurt Afghanistan immensely. Ashwin tosses this one up outside off, it turns back in. Boundary from Rahul off Wafadar to finish off the 46th over, moves on to 37. India need 1 runs in 2 balls. Ravindra Jadeja celebrates a wicket with his teammates.
Dhoni, behind the stumps, does what he does best, takes off the bails in a flash. Equation comes down to 23 runs in 24 balls. Aftab bowls short and wide, Rayudu, on the front foot, slaps the ball over the fielders inside the circle. Shahzad, whose admiration for Dhoni is second to none, will play as a specialist batsman and field close in. Ahmadzai can't hold himself back as soon as he sees some flight but pays a heavy price for giving in to temptation. Feels special to have scored a hundred before lunch. Rashid Khan departs and his team in big trouble.
Rashid is now a happy man and his expressions say it all. These two batsman have upped the ante. Win the toss and bowl first says Sunil Gavaskar in his pitch report. After losing Vijay and Rahul in quick succession, both are pretty watchful at the moment. The channel is not available to stream via the Sky Go service. Sigh of relief for the Indian skipper. Rashid gets his maiden Test wicket.
Apart from a close call off Wafadar's bowling at the start, Dhawan has looked phenomenal at the center. Chahar had begun with three dot balls and the pressure was building on the Afghanistan opener. After a wobble at second slip Mohammed Nabi standing at first slip completes the catch. He makes room and slaps the ball for a much-needed boundary. Excellent gesture from the Indian team as they pose with the cup with the Afghanistan squad. Afghanistan are pulling things back here but it is still advantage India. Substitute fielder Nasir Jamal moves swiftly and wicket-keeper Zazai does the rest.