India vs Afghanistan, Highlights, Asia Cup 2018 at Dubai:India vs Afghanistan, Asia Cup, Super 4: Take a bow, Afghanistan. You can go back home with your heads held high. At 204/4, with 49 needed from 68 balls, one would have thought it is India's game. However, the Afghan bowlers and fielders believed in themselves and though they could not win, prevented a defeat too. Phew. Let us try and dissect the innings. Can one bad review turn the game against you? It surely did against India tonight. Lokesh Rahul chose to review a straightforward LBW decision and well, it really hurt India. The 110-run opening stand set the run chase up and then, there was a bit of a collapse. The batting side slipped from 110/1 to 166/4 but Jadhav and Karthik were still at the crease. This was a perfect game for the middle order to test itself. Throughout the tournament, India have been winning handsomely, thanks to its top order. (SCORECARD)
IND vs AFG, Asia Cup 2018 HIGHLIGHTS from Dubai:
01.12 IST: India (252) vs Afghanistan (252/8) ends in a tie in Dubai. Rahul 60, Rayudu 57, Nabi 2/40. Ravindra Jadeja OUT! THE MATCH IS TIED! Unbelievable scenes. Rashid Khan is flying around, like an aeroplane. Shikhar Dhawan is smiling in the dressing room. How did India goof it up? A short ball, Jadeja rocked back and pulled it uppishly. He could have hit it anywhere he liked but he chose the only man in the deep on the leg side - mid-wicket. Najibullah Zadran comes running in and takes a terrific catch. Oh boy, what a game. Does not matter to either team but what a match we have had.
01.05 IST: FOUR! FETCH THAT! What a hit by Jadeja. The wrong 'un, outside off, Jaddu gets down and plays the slog sweep. The ball is aerial and flat and goes towards deep mid-wicket. The fielder there rushes to his right, puts in a dive but cannot get to the ball! Initially, it seems like it has hit the ropes on the full but replays confirm that the ball has bounced just before. IND 250/9 in 49.2 overs.
01.01 IST: Khaleel Ahmed is the last man in but Jadeja is on strike. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma comes running out with a smile taking drinks along! What is the message?
01.00 IST: OUT! Kaul run out for 0. It is wicket number 9! The Afghans are hitting the stumps alright. Full on middle, Kaul pushes it towards mid on and hares across. Hashmatullah Shahidi charges to the ball, picks it up and then fires a throw at the bowler's end! It is referred upstairs and replays show that Kaul is gone! India 245/9, need 8 runs in 7 balls vs Afghanistan (252/8) in Dubai.
00.56 IST: Siddarth Kaul walks in at number 10, replacing Kuldeep.
00.55 IST: OUT! Kuldeep Yadav run out for 9. Kuldeep is gone. What a brilliant piece of fielding. India are 8 down now but Jadeja is on strike. Full and around off, Kuldeep backs away and drives it through the covers. Gulbadin Naib covers good ground to his left and dives to stop the boundary. Jadeja calls for the third but Kuldeep is a bit slow in taking off. Naib returns a wayward throw to the bowler, way away from the stumps. But he takes the throw, turns back and then fires his own throw at the stumps. Bull's eye! Kuldeep's bat gets stuck outside the crease and that does not help matters. It is referred upstairs and replays confirm that Yadav is short. 11 more needed from 11 balls. India 242/8, need 11 runs in 11 balls vs Afghanistan (252/8) in Dubai.
00.54 IST: Direct hit! Is Kuldeep run out? Referred upstairs.
00.53 IST: Crucial over for both sides. India will not want too much to get from the final Rashid over. Can they finish it off in this over itself?
00.52 IST: Rashid Khan to Ravindra Jadeja, 2 runs. A full toss, on middle, whipped through mid-wicket for a brace.
00.49 IST: Decisive over. Rashid Khan to bowl. 8-0-31-1 so far. Lot of ones available on the leg side.
00.44 IST: Samiullah Shenwari is going off the ground. He was the substitute fielder and is being subbed now.
00.42 IST: Aftab Alam to Kuldeep Yadav, 2 runs. WATCH IT! Oh dear... Samiullah Shenwari is down. Full on middle and leg, Kuldeep flicks this beautifully through square leg.
00.37 IST: Kuldeep Yadav is the next man in at number 9, replacing Chahar. How will Jadeja bat now?
00.36 IST: OUT! Aftab Alam removes Chahar for 12. BOWLED! Aftab has struck! Chahar is beaten by pace. A length ball, on middle, Deepak looks to flick but the ball hits his pads and then deflects onto the off stump. The Afghan supporters go wild in the crowd. Aftab is excited and runs all around the park. This match well... seems to be heading down to the wire. India 226/7, need 27 runs in 31 balls vs Afghanistan (252/8) in Dubai.
00.30 IST: FOUR! He relieves some pressure off India with a wonderful shot. Crucial boundary for India! Short and wide outside off, Chahar pounces on that and crunches it behind point for a boundary! Moves to 11 from 11 balls with his first boundary.
00.28 IST: Rashid Khan to Ravindra Jadeja, 1 run. On middle, pushed towards long on for a run.
00.25 IST: Rashid Khan is back on. 7-0-28-1 so far. Can he swing this game Afghanistan's way?
00.21 IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Ravindra Jadeja, Huge, huge appeal for LBW! Turned down! Full and around middle, the carrom ball, Jadeja does not pick it at all and hastily looks to defend. Misses and is hit on the pads. A massive appeal ensues but umpire Brathwaite shakes his head. Hawk Eye shows that to be missing leg.
00.17 IST: POWERPLAY 3 time. 5 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle now. Aftab Alam is back on. 6-0-35-1 so far.
00.13 IST: Deepak Chahar is the new man in at number 8, replacing Karthik.
00.12 IST: OUT! Nabi removes Karthik for 44. Adjudged LBW! Boy, is the game turning now? Karthik is not happy. Full and around middle and leg, Karthik misses his flick and is hit on the pads as the ball spins in. Nabi appeals, the umpire takes his time and eventually raises his finger! DK has a long look at the heavens and then trudges back. To the naked eye, that looked like missing leg. Hawk Eye confirms it. Sadly, India do not have any review left. 48 more needed from 62 balls. Getting close. India 205/6, need 48 runs vs Afghanistan (252/8) in Dubai.
00.09 IST: Ravindra Jadeja walks out now, at number 7, replacing Jadhav.
00.08 IST: OUT! Kedar Jadhav run out for 19. What a freakish dismissal! Kedar is short. Has to go now. Full and around off, Karthik drives it straight back. Now, Mujeeb gets across to his right and should have fielded it. But he misfields it, the ball brushes his hands and hits the stumps behind! Now, Kedar is backing a long way and has to turn behind and slide his bat in. Mujeeb appeals and runs around in celebratory fashion. The umpire refers it upstairs and replays show that Jadhav has not quite made it back! Are Afghanistan still in this? India 204/5, need 49 runs vs Afghanistan (252/8) in Dubai.
00.06 IST: Is that a run out now? Mujeeb has appealed for a run out at the bowlr's end. Has Kedar got back in?
23.56 IST: Jadhav NOT OUT! The sound was of the bat hitting the pad. Afghanistan lose their sole review. Full and outside off, Jadhav looked to try and work it to the leg side but missed and it was snaffled by the keeper. Now, Shahzad and Rashid went up straightaway but the umpire was pretty firm and shook his head. The bowler was adamant and wanted the review but the keeper said he was not sure at all! Great acting skills.
23.53 IST: Caught behind? There has been a massive appeal from Shahzad and Afghanistan have taken this upstairs. Is Jadhav in trouble? There was some noise.
23.48 IST: FOUR! Very well played. The quicker ball, outside off, Karthik waits till the last moment and then plays the flashy cut. The ball does take a bit of an outside edge but is very wide of the fielder at short third man. The stand is worth 23 from 26 balls. IND 189/4 in 34.5 overs.
23.45 IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Kedar Jadhav, 1 run. Full and around middle, swept behind square on the leg side for one. 69 more needed from 96 balls. IND 183/4 in 34 overs.
23.41 IST: DRINKS BREAK. So, for the first time in the tournament, India's middle order gets a good outing in the middle. The flashy batting of Rayudu and Rahul allowed that to happen, as both gifted their wickets away. In fact, apart from Dhoni, all dismissals have been thrown away. But the untested and unexposed middle order will not complain. Perfect opportunity to get some runs under your belt before the final. Just 73 more needed - India will look to Karthik taking them home with a nice unbeaten 70 and the team winning in the 45th over. Can Afghanistan pick up wickets?
23.34 IST: Javed Ahmadi to Kedar Jadhav, no run. Around off, worked to the leg side.
23.30 IST: Javed Ahmadi is back on. 3-0-14-1 so far.
23.28 IST: FOUR! That's lucky! Outside off, Jadhav plays a loose drive and gets a thick outside edge which flies through the vacant slip cordon to the third man fence!
23.26 IST: Kedar Jadhav walks in at number 6, replacing Pandey.
23.25 IST: OUT! Aftab Alam removes Manish Pandey for 8. Caught behind! Afghanistan are getting some quick wickets here. This is full and outside off, a touch wide, Pandey looks to drive when it is not on a driveable length. But there is no feet movement and it results in an outside edge. Shahzad collects but neither the keeper nor the bowler appeal. Pandey stays over there but then the umpire sends him on his way. If my memory serves me correct, when Australia toured India in 2017 for the ODIs, Nathan Coulter-Nile got him in a similar fashion caught behind the wickets in the first game. India 166/4 in 30.3 overs, need 87 runs vs Afghanistan (252/8) in Dubai.
23.23 IST: Aftab Alam to Manish Pandey, no run. Oh dear! Pandey lines himself for a big slog but then the bowler bowls it miles outside off. Now, Pandey thinks it will be a wide but it just grazes the line. So the Free Hit is a dot ball!
23.21 IST: FREE HIT TIME! Where can Pandey deposit this? The field can be changed since the batsmen changed strike.
23.18 IST: Double bowling change. Mohammad Nabi into the attack as well. 6-0-28-1 so far.
23.16 IST: Aftab Alam to Manish Pandey, 1 run. Full on middle, pushed down to long on for a single. IND 160/3 in 29 overs.
23.13 IST: Conventional bowling change. Aftab Alam is back on. 4-0-25-0 so far.
23.11 IST: FOUR! Another one from Karthik. FEROCIOUS! Karthik jumps down the track and on seeing that, the bowler bowls a high full toss. But the batsman is unperturbed and heaves it over mid-wicket for a boundary! Moves to 23 from 30 balls, with his third boundary. 96 more needed to win from 134 deliveries.
23.08 IST: FOUR! Top shot from Dinesh Karthik brings up 150 for India. CREAMED! Full and outside off, Karthik leans and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket for a boundary! 101 more needed from 138 balls.
23.04 IST: Manish Pandey walks in at number 5, replacing Dhoni.
23.03 IST: OUT! Javed Ahmadi removes Dhoni for 8. LBW! This is a bonus wicket for Afghanistan. Ahmadi has got rid of the Indian captain. But he has also hurt himself in the process. Full and outside off, Dhoni gets a good stride forward and looks to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. Ahmadi appeals, the umpire thinks for a while and then raises his finger. Dhoni is not happy and neither is Ahmadi. Let us get to the bowler first. While celebrating after the decision, the fielder from short fine leg has thrown the ball towards the stumps at the bowler's end. However, he hits the bowler's arm! Ouch. That will sting. India 142/3 in 25.5 overs vs Afghanistan (252/8) in Dubai.
22.58 IST: A long hop to start, pretty wide, turning away, Dhoni looks to punch but gets a bottom edge towards cover. Is halfway down the track for the single but is sent back. IND 140/2 in 24.3 overs
22.54 IST: Was that a catch? Ummm... well, hard to tell. Landed on off, Dhoni chips it towards long on. Ahmadi tries to go for the catch to his right but collides with Karthik. If Karthik had not been standing there... who knows, MS might have been walking back. The ball goes down to long on and a single is taken. The stand moves to 10 from 19 balls.
22.50 IST: Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs.
* Mahendra Singh Dhoni walks in at number 4, replacing Rahul.
22.40 IST: OUT! Rashid removes Rahul for 60. Plumb as it gets and Rahul is gone. The leg spinner this time, Rahul goes for the reverse sweep but misses and is hit right in front. Seems dead and is ruled out by the onfield umpire. But for some reason, Rahul wants to have it reviewed. The replays roll in. First the no ball check. Safe. Second, the presence of wood or glove. None. Third, Hawk Eye. Pitched outside off, hitting line and going on to hit the stumps. India exhaust or rather, waste their only review. Fine knock from Rahul, but again, he has thrown it away. IND 127/2 in 20.2 overs
22.37 IST: A terrific effort. First of all, some luck for Rahul. He comes down the track and looks to go big, but is nowhere near the pitch of the ball. He is beaten by the spin and is gone for all money. But luckily for him, the ball goes off the inside edge, misses the leg stump and rolls towards the fine leg fence. Now comes the role of the fielder.
22.34 IST: FOUR! Reverse-sweep by KL Rahul. Clever! He will play plenty of these shots. Full and outside off, Rahul gets his broom out and reverse sweeps it past short third man. The stand is worth 12 from 13 balls. AFG 122/1 in 19.2 overs
22.31 IST: FOUR! Dragged short, on middle, Karthik rocks back and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary!
* Like Mohammad Shahzad's confidence behind the wickets. He deliberately shouts in English - 'ANOTHER ONE COMING, BOYS!!!'
22.39 IST: FIFTY! KL Rahul hits 2nd ODI fifty off 55 balls. Just his second ODI Fifty. That is because of the lack of opportunities he has got in his career. A tad short, Rahul goes back and works it through mid-wicket for a single. IND 111/1 in 17.2 overs
22.36 IST: Drinks break. India have clearly been on top but that wicket of Rayudu at the stroke of the break would certainly give the Afghans something to smile about. Now, if they can pick up a wicket or two more and make further inroads, things could just get a little interesting.
22.23 IST: OUT! Nabi removes Rayudu for 57. GONE! Afghanistan have their first breakthrough of the evening. Nabi comes from around the wicket and floats it up on the stumps, Rayudu gives the charge and tries to clear long on. Gets a lot of height but not enough elevation and as a result, it goes straight down Najibullah's throat. He takes it well and that's the end for Rayudu. He departs, but not before playing a superb knock. India 110/1 in 17.1 overs.
22.21 IST: FOUR! Picks up the googly to perfection. Full on off, Rayudu gets low and brings out the big slog sweep. Lifts it over mid-wicket and finds the fence.
22.19 IST: Rashid Khan into the attack. His spell, like on most occasions, could hold the key for Afghanistan. A slip in place for him.
22.17 IST: FIFTY! Ambati Rayudu hits 8th ODI fifty off 43 balls. Mohammad Nabi to Ambati Rayudu, 1 run. He's made the most of his promotion up the order. Just flicks this through mid-wicket and jogs across to the other end. He's set now, will want to convert it into a big one. India 101/0 in 15.3 overs vs Afghanistan (252/8) in Dubai.
22.14 IST: SIX! He had all the time to hit that six! Out of here! Rayudu may not be a big fella, but he can sure generate a lot of power. Short ball in line of the stumps, Ambati muscles the pull over mid-wicket and sends it into the 2nd tier over mid-wicket. IND 99/0 in 15 overs.
22.13 IST: FOUR! Lovely. One for the cameras, that. Rahul holds the pose after playing the shot. Full on middle and off, it's lofted ever so well over wide long off and it goes across the fence on the bounce.
22.12 IST: KL Rahul Not Out! 2 runs. Rayudu is well in. Not sure why the umpire wanted to check it upstairs. Rahul comes down the track and mistimes the loft over mid-wicket. Big gap out there, so the duo decides to come back for the second. The fielder out in the deep fires a throw at the non-striker's end and scores a direct hit as Ambati slides his bat in. Seems safe as it is, but the umpire wants to be sure. Replays confirm the same.
22.10 IST: Another direct hit! But seems Rayudu is safe, at least to the naked eye. Over to the third umpire now.
22.08 IST: Gulbadin Naib to Ambati Rayudu, 1 run. Drives this down the ground towards mid on and a single is collected.
22.00 IST: Mohammad Nabi introduced into the attack.
21.59 IST: SIX! THAT IS DESTRUCTIVE FROM RAYUDU! A connection as sweet as a Rasgulla from Kolkata. Rayudu jumps out of the crease to this full ball on the stumps and with a simple extension of the arms, lofts it cleanly over long off for a maximum. IND 73/0 in 11 overs.
21.56 IST: Powerplay 2 signaled. A maximum of 4 fielders will be allowed outside the ring till the end of the 40th over.
21.53 IST: SIX! Wow! Quite smart from KL. Anticipated the ball to land full, so opened his body up and went inside out over covers. Got enough on it to clear the cover fence with ease. Well played.
21.51 IST: SIX! RAYUDU ON FIRE! And the 50 is up for India. Brought up in some style too. Just ahead of a length on the stumps, Rayudu stays leg side of this and throws the kitchen sink at it. Connects well and clears long on without any trouble. 15 off the over, a big one for India. IND 55/0 in 9 overs.
21.50 IST: A cute moment after the completion of the last over. Shikhar Dhawan was out on the field with the drinks and also wiped off Rayudu's face under the helmet.
21.49 IST: FOUR! Missed out on the previous freebie he got, doesn't do so this time. Full toss outside off, Rahul drives it neatly through the gap in the covers. A boundary results. IND 48/0 in 8.3 overs.
21.48 IST: FOUR! Shot. Timing from KL Rahul. That'll make him feel a lot better. Angling in on middle and leg, full length ball, Rahul flicks it well through the right of the mid on fielder. The man there doesn't even bother trying to chase it down. Super shot.
21.47 IST: Gulbadin Naib to bowl. First change for Afghanistan.
21.44 IST: Rashid Khan is finally on the field. He cannot bowl for another 7 overs or the next 30 minutes, whichever comes first.
21.42 IST: FOUR! Room on offer and Rayudu makes Alam pay. Length ball wide outside off, he flays it through point. In the gap and that's another one which has gone to the fence like a rocket. IND 37/0 in 6.5 overs.
21.39 IST: FOUR! On the leg side this time but the result is the same. Full ball attacking the stumps, angling in, Rayudu slogs it between mid-wicket and mid on and finds the gap well. It's hit well and goes to the boundary in a jiffy.
21.36 IST: FOUR! IND 28/0 in 5.4 overs.
21.34 IST: KL Rahul Not out! He's in by a long mile, almost crossed the stump line there. KL taps this towards mid off and takes off. There's a throw at the bowler's end and a direct hit is scored. Big appeal for a run out and the umpire checks it upstairs. Replays show he's fine.
21.32 IST: A direct hit and it's taken upstairs. But Rahul seems to be in comfortably.
21.29 IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Lokesh Rahul, no run. Coming in on off then straightening up, takes the leading edge and falls safely towards cover. IND 19/0 in 4 overs.
21.25 IST: SIX! Take a bow, Ambati Rayudu! That's a terrific shot. Has enough of the blocks and decides to give the charge. There's width available outside off, so he uses the pace and carves it over the infield on the off side. Clears the cover boundary and that's a maximum.
21.19 IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman to bowl from the other end with the second new ball. Meanwhile, Rashid Khan has not taken the field. He was seen struggling with his hamstring while batting and it seems Khan has not recovered fully. Will be a big blow to Afghanistan if the leggie doesn't turn up to bowl.
21.18 IST: FOUR LEG BYES! Sprays it down leg and pays the price. A length delivery, Rahul looks to flick but misses. He gets it off the thigh pad though and beats the diving keeper to the fine leg fence. 10 from the opening over.
21.14 IST: FOUR! Starts off in the best possible starts. Carrying on from where he left off at The Oval. Short and wide outside off, Rahul rises on his toes and cuts this perfectly past point. No chance of stopping that, it's hit so well. IND 4/0 in 0.1 overs.
21.10 IST: Back for the run chase. The Afghanistan team is in a huddle currently. KL Rahul and Ambati Rayudu are the designated openers for India today. 252 needed off 300 legal deliveries. The start against the new balls very crucial, for both teams. It's going to be Aftab Alam to begin proceedings with the first new nut. A slip in place. Here we go...
20.35 IST: Afghanistan score 252/8 in 50 overs against India in Dubai. Shahzad 124, Nabi 64, Jadeja 3/46.
20.28 IST: Kaul spears a wide yorker outside off, Khan drills it square through point. Runs the first one hard, wants the second but won't get it as the fielder in the deep is quick to the ball. Short of a good length going across, Rashid just swings hoping to connect but can't manage to do that. So with that, AFGHANISTAN FINISH ON 252/8!
* Rashid Khan is seen getting some treatment from the physio. Some issue with him hamstring from the looks of it. Seems alright though to continue.
20.23 IST: OUT! Khaleel removes Nabi. Good knock by Nabi, after Shahzad, he's been anchoring Afghanistan's innings. Ahmed continues from around the wicket and bowls a slower one full in length on the stumps. Nabi doesn't pick it up and ends up playing the lofted shot too early. Chips it in the cover region and two fielders converge to take this - Kuldeep from cover and Karthik from mid off. The former takes it but both collide. Could have just as easily dropped it, but nicely done. Good to see nobody got hurt either. AFG 244/8 in 47.3 overs
20.20 IST: Nabi drives it through the covers and takes off. Karthik gets to the ball, collects and tries to score a direct hit at the bowler's end. He misses and there's nobody backing up, so the batsmen take an extra run. Poor from the Indians. You expect much better standards from them. AFG 244/7 in 47.1 overs
20.16 IST: SIX! Nabi has blasted this. Right out of the screws, that one. Wow! What a phenomenal hit. Kaul goes full and attacks the stumps, Nabi throws his front leg out of the way, gets right under the ball and smokes it high into the night sky. Has the distance on it too as it sails deep into the mid-wicket stands. AFG 237/7 in 46.1 overs
20.11 IST: OUT! Jadeja removes Najibullah Zadran for 20. A 3-fer for Jadeja! The on-field call stays. He comes from over the wicket and it spins in from around off, Zadran brings out the reverse sweep but fails to connect. Is caught around the hips but since he's got low to play, height isn't an issue. The appeal goes up and so does the finger. The southpaw reviews and replays show that he's dead plumb. Nothing saves him. A good stand though, was worth 46 off 38. Afghanistan 226/7 in 44.1 overs
20.06 IST: 12th ODI fifty for Mohammad Nabi! Off just 45 deliveries too. This has been superb work from him. Comes so low down the order but still gets the job done for his side. He gets low and sweeps it behind square leg for a couple.
20.02 IST: FOUR! Beautifully cut by Nabi. Moves to 49 with this. Excellent knock so far. He hangs back to this shorter delivery and punches it hard wide of sweeper cover to find the fence. AFG 221/6 in 43 overs
19.59 IST: FOUR! 17 off the over. A super expensive one from Kuldeep. Zadran does well to get forward and across. Kneels down and sweeps it through backward square leg for a boundary. AFG 213/6 in 42 overs
19.57 IST: SIX! That is just power! Nabi is in 40's. 12 off the over already. A big one for Afghanistan and it can become bigger with 2 balls to spare. Kuldeep loops it up outside off and Nabi doesn't hold anything back. Gives it the full swing of his bat and clears mid-wicket with absolute ease. AFG 209/6 in 41.5 overs
19.53 IST: FOUR! Around the wicket again and it's a boundary. Khaleel bowls it full on off, it's angling in but Nabi is well on top of this one. Stays right behind the line and drives it ever so well through the gap in the covers for a boundary. AFG 195/6 in 40.4 overs
* Powerplay 3 signalled. A maximum of 5 fielders will be allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the end of the innings.
19.49 IST: FOUR! Poor by Khaleel there. But a fine shot by Zadran. He brings out the reverse sweep and goes with the spin. Gets it from the middle of the bat and it races towards short fine leg where Khaleel makes a complete mess. Afghanistan won't mind this at all. AFG 189/6 in 39.4 overs
19.40 IST: OUT! Shahzad is out! Jadhav traps him. What an innings. For Afghanistan till now, it has been a one-man show. The fun is over. But what a great knock by the wicketkeeper batsman. He walks back to a standing ovation from his teammates. Coming to the delivery, Jadhav probably senses the charge from the batsman. Hence, he serves it full and wide outside off. MS is down the track looking for a big shot but it's too wide of him and he has to reach out. As a result, it flies off the bottom half of the bat and Karthik moves across to his right to catch the skier safely in the deep. AFG 180/6 in 37.5 overs
* The ball is lost. Nabi hit that at the sightscreen and it just went under it somewhere after that. So, the umpire has called for a replacement.
19.35 IST: SIX! MASSIVE! Pure power by Nabi and Afghanistan are dealing in maximums here. AFG 178/5 in 36.5 overs
19.34 IST: Quicker this time, it's fired on middle, Shahzad once again steps back and then goes for the slog sweep. Connects nicely as well but finds the mid-wicket fielder inside the ring.
19.31 IST: FOUR! Takes a calculative risk and fetches a boundary. Flatter and fuller outside off, Shahzad steps back to make room and rockets it inside-out over cover-point. It's wide of the sweeper cover fielder and crosses the fence. AFG 169/5 in 35.2 overs
19.30 IST: Edged but safe! Full and around off, Nabi skips down the track to heave it over the leg side but it takes the outside edge and flies towards short third man. A single taken.
19.28 IST: SIX! This time it's Nabi doing the hitting. Powerfully hit by the all-rounder. That has gone all the way! Kaul digs in a short ball and angles it into the batsman, Nabi shimmies down the track a bit and pulls it clinically over mid-wicket. There is a fielder in the deep but he can do nothing about it as the ball flies to his left. AFG 163/5 34.4 overs
19.21 IST: FOUR! Nabi flicks that for a boundary. Excellent shot! The length is a bit too full this time by Jadhav and Nabi goes down on one knee to play the sweep shot. Gets it away from the middle of his blade and sends it whistling to the fine leg fence. AFG 153/5 in 33.1 overs
19.20 IST: A bit comical, this. Kaul serves a full toss outside off, Shahzad walks across the stumps to play a cute paddle shot but gets into an awkward position and only manages to push it as far as the short fine leg fielder.
19.19 IST: Short in length and on off, not enough pace to hurry up the batsman, Nabi easily gets on top of the bounce and pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a run. AFG 149/5 in 33 overs
19.12 IST: That's stung clearly. Shahzad misses the big pull as Chahar takes some of the pace off it. The ball raps him on the hips and he quickly walks away rubbing that same area.
19.08 IST: SIX! Wow. Just Wow! Chahar gets slammed for another big one by Shahzad. He looks tired, but the sixes aren't stopping. Right in the slot and he puts it away too. What a hit. Full ball on middle and leg, Shahzad walks a step across and whips it over mid-wicket. Gets right under the ball and deposits it over the cow corner for half a dozen. AFG 142/5 in 30.1 overs
19.02 IST: OUT! Chahar gets his first ODI wicket and Naib is off. A breakthrough for India. A budding partnership for Afghanistan comes to an end. Chahar gets his first wicket in ODI cricket. Full and coming in on the pads, Naib flicks it over mid-wicket. No elevation on it and the placement is so good that Gulbadin finds Jadhav out in the deep. He moves a couple of steps to his right and takes it safely. AFG 132/5 in 28.1 overs
* Lowest team scores when a batsman has scored an ODI hundred
131 - MOHAMMAD SHAHZAD (today)*
131 - S Afridi (15/04/2011)
135 - S Watson (11/04/2011)
136 - H Gibbs (12/02/2007)
138 - B McCullum (15/01/2015)
139 - K Sadiq (31/03/2012)
19.00 IST: FOUR & HUNDRED! Mohammed Shahzad scores his 5th ODI Century Well-deserved for the big man. Thoroughly deserves it. And you can see just how much it means to him too, he's really pumped. He's excelled when all the other batsmen have failed. Superb batting. AFG 131/4 in 28.1 overs
18.47 IST: FOUR! Top edge and away! Bumper angling in on leg, hurries Naib into the pull shot and he gets a top edge as a result. The ball runs down to fine leg and a boundary results. Well, what do you know? This is the first boundary of the innings which hasn't been scored by Mohammad Shahzad. Unreal stuff. AFG 123/4 in 25.3 overs
18.45 IST: Jadeja bowls it full and slows it through the air around off, it turns away and takes the outside edge of Naib's bat who is forward to block. Rolls towards third man and a single is taken. AFG 117/4 in 25 overs
18.38 IST: A mishit! Short and outside off, from 'round the wicket, Shahzad gets across the stumps, swings his bat but fails to middle his shot again. It goes behind after taking the bottom edge of his bat.
18.30 IST: Another tossed up delivery, it pitches and turns back in sharply. Naib lunges and tries to defend but it goes off the inner half towards mid-wicket. Now then, a short leg place could come handy with the amount of turn which is on offer out there.
18.29 IST: NOT OUT! Brilliant use of the technology by Shahzad. Ahmed comes running in from 'round the wicket and bangs in a short ball around off. Shahzad tries to pull it across the line but loses his posture a bit. Fails to get it off the meat of the bat but there is some noise as it goes behind. Dhoni collects the ball, they all appeal and the finger goes up. Shahzad indicates to his partner that it has brushed his sleeves and then goes for the DRS. The replays confirm the same.
* Mohammad Shahzad is given out caught behind. He moves away, has a chat with his partner and goes for the DRS.
18.27 IST: SIX! That has been smashed! Shahzad on his 90's. This has been some performance. Pace on the ball and Shahzad loves it. He rocks back and across to a length ball and launches it over mid-wicket for a maximum. Welcome into the attack, Khaleel. AFG 109/4 in 20.1 overs
18.25 IST: Watchful now, maybe wants to get to his hundred without taking any unnecessary chances. Loopy and on off, Shahzad draws forward in defense and gets it away off the inside half of his bat.
18.23 IST: Appeal for an lbw! Shahzad goes down and across to play the paddle sweep but fails to connect. He is hit on the pads, they let out a stifled appeal but nothing doing.
18.22 IST: SIX! Smashed. This is even better. Jadeja allows the batsman to get under this delivery and smokes it over mid-wicket for a maximum. Massive effort this by MS, has scored 85 runs out of the 99 put on the board. AFG 99/4 in 18.4 overs
18.21 IST: FOUR! Shahzad is not bothered at all. Receives a full toss and muscles it over short fine leg for a boundary. Fine connection. AFG 93/4 in 18.1 overs
18.17 IST: Short again, outside off, Shahzad this time cracks it off his back foot to deep cover. They come back for the second run as Chahal sends in the throw towards the keeper's end. Dhoni collects and deflects it onto the stumps without looking behind. No harm done. AFG 88/4 in 17 overs
18.12 IST: No hat-trick. Full and flighted, landing around off, Naib leans forward in defense. Watchfully negotiated.
18.11 IST: OUT! The skipper is gone and Kuldeep is on a hat-trick. The match has surely turned on its head. He dishes out his stock ball again which lands around off and turns back in. Afghan should have been forward to this but decides to play it from the back foot. His attempt is to flick but misses the ball completely. The ball is not missing the sticks. The Indians are ecstatic as Afghan with a dejected look walks back. AFG 82/4 in 15.3 overs
* Asghar Afghan, the skipper, walks into the middle next.
18.07 IST: OUT! Kuldeep and his magic! Shahidi didn't see that coming at all.Superb stumping by MS Dhoni. He is lightning quick we all know and just proves it again. Really master of quick reflexes. We have to give credit to Kuldeep here as well. It's beautifully tossed up in the air and Shahidi is lured into the shot. He shimmies down the track but then quickly realizes that he's beaten in flight. Tries to defend after that but it turns away to beat his bat. Hashmatullah tries to get back in but Dhoni is ultra-quick in collecting the ball and removing the bails. The square leg umpire has his finger raised and Afghanistan have suddenly hit a roadblock, they have lost three wickets in 16 balls. AFG 82/3 in 15.2 overs
18.01 IST: OUT! Timber! Jadeja gets his second and Rahmat is off. Jadeja bowls a beauty to get rid of Rahmat Shah. Second wicket for him and he has struck in consecutive overs to provide India some relief. AFG 81/2 in 14.4 overs
18.00 IST: FOUR! What a Shot! Thrashed! As soon as Jadeja drops it short, Shahzad goes deep inside the crease and cracks it via a pull shot to the deep mid-wicket region for a boundary. AFG 81/1 in 14.2 overs
17.58 IST: SIX! Bang! That is massive! A ruthless Shahzad hammering the Indian bowlers. That's outta here. A little bit of air and Shahzad pummels this. In his slot as he clears his front leg and smokes it straight back over the bowler's head for a biggie. AFG 75/1 in 13.4 overs
17.54 IST: OUT! MS Dhoni is rarely wrong. Ahmadi has to depart. He contributed just 5 runs in the 65-run opening stand. But credit to him for hanging in with Shahzad. Coming to the wicket, Jadeja serves it full and on middle, Ahmadi runs down the track to play a big shot probably but gets an inside edge onto the pads. It deflects behind to Dhoni, who collects it and does the rest with ease. He appeals before going to celebrate with his players and the square leg umpire signals for the third umpire. The replays roll in and they show that Ahmadi is way outside his clear. First success for India. AFG 65/1 in 12.4 overs
* Kedar Jadhav brought into the bowling attack.
17.50 IST: Whoa! Big swing and a big miss from Shahzad. Doesn't pick up the googly as Kuldeep throws it outside off, gets low to slog it over mid-wicket but is beaten all ends up. AFG 65/0 in 11 overs
17.49 IST: A lot of air around off, Mohammad Shahzad moves across the sticks, before patting it back down towards Kuldeep.
17.45 IST: Kuldeep Yadav to roll his arm over now.
17.43 IST: SIX! Smashed! Sweet, sweet connection off the middle. Shahzad doesn't care who comes at him, he's just murdering everything that's coming his way. Gets low to this tossed up delivery and slogs it high and handsome over the mid-wicket boundary for a maximum. AFG 63/0 in 9.2 overs
17.40 IST: FIFTY! Mohammed Shahzad scores his 14th ODI half-century. AFG 57/0 in 8.5 overs
17.39 IST: Dropped! What a grave mistake from Ambati Rayudu. With the kind of form he's in, no way he should have let that slip. An easy catch too. Shahzad powers this full ball aerially towards mid off. Rayudu moves to his right, gets his hands to it but drops it. A single is taken and that's the fifty up for Shahzad. His 14th in this format. Well-deserved too.
17.36 IST: Ravindra Jadeja into the attack now. Spin introduced early on from Dhoni, good move. Shahzad was attacking the pacers. Maybe some spin can do the trick.
17.31 IST: SIX! Shahzad has blasted that! India missing Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar! Big shot from the big man! They're playing to his strengths for now. This time, Ahmed fires it full around off, Shahzad stays firm in the crease and clears the long on fence with a mighty swing of his bat. Khaleel concedes a boundary after 9 balls, been bowling well so far. Hit for a big one first up, can he come back well? AFG 46/0 in 6.1 overs
17.27 IST: FOUR! Finds the gap and hammers that. Shahzad is making the most of the seamers. That's a good shot. Kaul offers too much room outside off, Shahzad can free his arms and he does so. Cracks it through extra cover and sends it across the boundary line. AFG 39/0 in 5.3 overs
17.23 IST: FOUR! 17 runs off this over. Not exactly the ideal start for Deepak Chahar's ODI career. He pitches this short and on off, Shahzad takes a step across to move inside the line and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
17.20 IST: SIX! Keeps it full and straight this time and Shahzad dispatches that. Was ready for it. Cleared his front leg and slogged it well over the cow corner for the first maximum of the innings. AFG 35/0 in 4 overs
17.18 IST: Wide! Probably nerves? Perhaps trying a bit too hard. Short and way outside off, it's too high and goes across the tramline too. Wide called. Free Hit still there...
17.17 IST: Wide! Tries a slower bouncer this time but it doesn't come off well. Goes way over Mohammad Shahzad's head to attempts to club it over the leg side. The Free Hit will carry forward to the next delivery.
17.16 IST: No ball! It's a beamer and that'll be a Free Hit. Chahar was attempting the back-of-the-hand slower one but it just slips out of his hands, Shahzad ducks and evades. Gives a big stare to the bowler who just turns around and goes back to his mark.
17.14 IST: Oooofff! That wasn't far away. Khaleel serves it on a length and it holds its line. Shahzad leaves and it goes agonizingly close past the off stick. Too close for comfort.
17.10 IST: FOUR! Shahzad smashes that for a boundary. Full and right in the slot, Shahzad has no second thoughts about putting this away. With a nice extension of the arms he lifts it over mid on and sends it across the boundary line. AFG 17/0 in 2.1 overs
17.07 IST: FOUR! This is how he bats. There's enough room with the swing away from him. Walks down the track and lofts it over cover-point to find the fence. Nicely played, Shahzad.
* The debutant Deepak Chahar to bowl from the other end with the second new ball. Let's see how he fares in his first outing in the Indian blue.
17.05 IST: Retains strike with a single. Mohammad Shahzad nudges this down to fine leg and easily gets to the other end. Decent first over from Ahmed.
17.02 IST: FOUR! Did not intend to do that at all. Shahzad actually wanted to leave this shortish ball, but was a little late in doing so and as a result, the ball went off the top half of the bat and over the keeper for a boundary. AFG 4/0 in 0.3 overs
17.00 IST: Wide! Ahmed errs in line as he sprays it down the leg side, the batsman looks to flick but misses.
16.58 IST: We are ready to begin. Mohammad Shahzad has a new partner in Javed Ahmadi today. India spread out across the field after a last-minute pep talk from a familiar man. Khaleel Ahmed to kick things off. A slip in place along with a gully. Here we go...
16.40 IST: New (stand-in) India captain, MS Dhoni says they were looking to bowl first anyway. On team changes, informs both openers (Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan) are missing, along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal. Reckons it's a good opportunity for the others to get a chance. Adds that even if they haven't got a chance yet, they are a part of the squad and there's no doubt about their quality. Adds further it's important for them to adjust to the conditions and do well. On his 200th ODI as captain, he says it's good to get to the milestone but it doesn't really matter to him.
16.40 IST: India Playing XI: Lokesh Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (w/c), Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Siddarth Kaul, Kuldeep Yadav, K Khaleel Ahmed
16.35 IST: Afghanistan Playing XI: Mohammad Shahzad (w), Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan (c), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Gulbadin Naib, Aftab Alam, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
16.30 IST: Afghanistan win toss, opt to bat against India in Dubai.
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IND vs AFG Brief Report: Having already sealed their place in the final of the Asia Cup with successive wins over Bangladesh and Pakistan, defending champions India will now face a resurgent Afghanistan in the final match of the Super Four stage at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium here on Tuesday. On Sunday, India made a mockery of Pakistan's below-par target of 237 with the opening duo of skipper Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan stitching together a 210-run stand to guide the Men-in-Blue to a 9-wicket win en-route the September 28 final. (Read Full Report Here)