Rohit Sharma-led Team India on Tuesday will take on Afghanistan in their final Super Four tie of the ongoing Asia Cup 2018 at the Dubai International Stadium. Having already booked their place in the finals, the Men in Blue will look to extend their winning streak in the cricketing extravaganza, while the Asghar Afghan-led Afghanistan, already out of the tournament will look to end their trot on a winning note.
Rohit Sharma is having a dream run in the Aisa Cup, in the group stage, India thrashed Hong Kong and Afghanistan and then in the Super Four fixtures battered Bangladesh and Pakistan (again) to seal a spot in the finals.
While the Indian opponent Afghanistan, despite having put up great fights, is out of the tournament. Asghar Afghan-led team faced narrow defeats at the hands of Pakistan and Bangladesh in their Super Four matches. Today’s match is the classic opportunity for the minnows to display their talent and hard work and give India a run for their money before the summit clash on Friday.
In the last Super Four match against Pakistan, skipper Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan stitched together a 210-run partnership to pave way for a 9-wicket victory over the Green Army.
Today, at the Dubai International Stadium, India will aim to continue their dominance. However, Afghanistan’s team is not to be taken lightly. While Pakistan managed to win a last-over thriller over the Afghans by 3 wickets, Bangladesh on Sunday pipped Afghanistan by 3 runs to set up a virtual semi-final with Pakistan on Wednesday.
India 246/7 after 49 overs, Jadeja 20, Khaleel Ahmed 0
Another wicket! India is under pressure, Jadeja needs to send to ball to the boundary.
India 242/7 after 48 overs, Jadeja 16, Siddarth Kaul 0
What a performance by Afghanistan, they've played cricket above excellence while one of the strongest teams in the world is struggling, Need 11 off 12 balls
India 200/4 after 36 overs, Kedar Jadhav 18, Dinesh Karthik 41
Need 53 runs of 78 balls, India is inching closer to victory. Karthik and Jadhav are providing the much-needed support and putting runs on the board.
India 177/4 after 32 overs, Kedar Jadhav 8, Dinesh Karthik 30
Going slow and steady but the important thing India is inching closer to victory to continue its winning streak.
Manish Pandey out!
Indians seem to be struggling out there. Manish is walking back to the pavilion. This is the 4th wicket.
India 160/3 after 29 overs, Manish Pandey 5, Dinesh Karthik 25
Excellent over from Aftab, only 2 from the over. Karthik and Pandey are taking their time, they know another wicket could increase the pressure immensely
India 143/3 after 26 overs, Manish Pandey 1, Dinesh Karthik 12,
After a solid partnership, quick wickets for Afganistan. MS got unlucky, was declared LBW out but India had no review left.
Wicket!! KL Rahul out
Another breakthrough! Rahul wanted to sweep but missed completely, even went to the 3rd umpire but the decision stands. Moreover, India has lost its review.
Fifty for KL Rahul
Fifty runs for KL Rahul and looks like many more will come today, he's looking in form and opening the face of the bat. Some very good shots he has played in his run up to 50 runs.
Wicket !! Rayudu out
Rayudu is walking back to the pavilion after a great knock of 57 off 49 balls. The partnership between Rahul and Rayudu has come to an end. At one point it looked like they will emulate the amazing run of Dhawan-Rohit against Pakistan. But good for Afghan 1st breakthrough has come
India 99/0 after 15 over, Lokesh Rahul 46, Ambati Rayudu 49,
India inching closer to 100 and both the batsmen moving towards their respective 50s. What an innings it's turning out to be
India 73/0 after 11 over, Lokesh Rahul 32, Ambati Rayudu 37,
Cracking shots from Rayudu on the last ball, went straight to the side screen. Both are playing well, Rayudu is being impressive in the feet.
India 55/0 after 9 over, Lokesh Rahul 21, Ambati Rayudu 30
Rahul and Rayudu are getting started. Both are on their best cracking classy shots and keeping the strike rotating. we might just see Dhawan-Rohit partnership again against Afghanistan.
India 40/0 after 8 over, Lokesh Rahul 12, Ambati Rayudu 24,
Good for India, both the openers are working it around the singles. Running between the wickets is looking great.
India 28/0 after 6 over, Lokesh Rahul 9, Ambati Rayudu 15
India is off to a good start, however, the run rate is a bit low. But the key here is to keep the wickets and rotate the strike and eventually hit big shots towards the end of the innings.
Afghanistan 248/8 after 49 overs, Aftab Alam 1, Rashid Khan 9
6 balls to go! Afghanistan has put on display some perfect cricket. They have managed to put runs on board and their bowling have been impressive. India will have to work hard, as it won't be a walk in the park for the younger side.
Khaleel sends Mohammad Nabi walking back to the pavilion.
Najibullah Zadran out!
Breakthrough comes from Jadeja!
Mohammad Nabi slams fifty
Mohammad Nabi slams fifty, another splendid display of cricket from Afghanistan. After Shahzad's ton, Nabi has shown that he can do it too.
Afghanistan 221/6 after 43 overs, Najibullah Zadran 18, Mohammad Nabi 49
Nabi is the most experienced player among Afghanistan's lineup and he's showing it and using it perfectly against India.
Afghanistan 213/6 after 42 overs, Najibullah Zadran 15, Mohammad Nabi 44
The 2 batsmen are on fire, their intent is clear and that's to put runs on the board and they are doing it the right way. Kuldeep was hammered for 17 runs in the last over.
Afghanistan 180/6 after 38 overs, Najibullah Zadran 0, Mohammad Nabi 26
The dangerous looking Shahzad is gone for 124. Shahzad cracked 6 sixes and interestingly the first four or six hit by a batsman other than Shahzad came in the 26th over. His ton, as it turns out is his first against a top 10 side. He also showed the batting aptitude to play out Kuldeep and attack the other bowlers.
Afghanistan 169/5 after 36 overs, Mohammad Shahzad 121, Mohammad Nabi 18
Shahzad wants to go big but is not getting the room from Indian bowlers. Nonetheless, his innings have been impressive so far and he's still going strong.
Afghanistan 133/5 after 29 overs, Mohammad Shahzad 104, Mohammad Nabi 0
Mohammad Shahzad slams his 5th ODI hundred off 88 balls
What an entertainer and what an innings, Shahzad has been impressive in his batting. He seemed dead sure of 100 and scored it buautifuly. Great moment not only for Shahzad but for Afghanistan!
Afghanistan 124/4 after 26 overs, Mohammad Shahzad 97, Gulbadin Naib 14,
Shahzad is inching closer to his ton, a well deserved one. Afghanistan has been impressive in the tournament, especially with their bowling.
Afghanistan 110/4 after 21 overs, Mohammad Shahzad 94, Gulbadin Naib 3,
Review and not out! Shahzad is still the man standing on the ground. Khaleel and Dhoni both were in for an appeal for a caught behind, but Shahzad went upstairs and he knew the result.
Afghanistan 100/4 after 19 overs, Mohammad Shahzad 86, Gulbadin Naib 1,
100 comes up for Afghanistan. Shahzad is being clever and is on fire! sending the ball over mid-wicket for a massive 6 and a quick sweep for 4. Jadeja is in for a hammering
Afghanistan 88/4 after 17 overs, Mohammad Shahzad 74, Gulbadin Naib 1
Shahzad is the only man standing, quick 3 wickets for India. Afghan skipper and Hashmatullah Shahidi walked back on duck.
Asghar Afghan 0 out!
Captain walks back without openeing account | Afghanistan 82/4 after 16 overs, Mohammad Shahzad 70, Gulbadin Naib 0
Out! Another wicket
Hashmatullah Shahidi walks back | Afghanistan 82/3
Rahmat walks back. It's Jadeja again!
Afghanistan 75/1 after 14 overs, Mohammad Shahzad 64, Rahmat Shah 2,
Jadeja strikes first blow to Afghanistan. Javed Ahmadi walks back to pavilion for 5. He was struggling right from the start. Jadeja is the kind who takes wicket when India needs it and other bowlers fail. He takes the pressure off the main bowlers and delivers.
Afghanistan 65/0 after 12 overs, Mohammad Shahzad 56, Javed Ahmadi 5,
Shahzad is off to his best start so far in the tournament, he's going after the ball but India needs a wicket now to build the pressure.
Afghanistan 35/0 after 5 overs, Mohammad Shahzad 28, Javed Ahmadi 3,
Shahzad has a consistent record in the tournament. He's scoring above 50 in all matches. While along with Khaleel, Chahar, who is bowling his 2nd ODI over is struggling with the variations. 2 Wide balls and a free hit is bound is take toll on the younger bowler.
Afghanistan 17/0 after 2 overs, Mohammad Shahzad 16, Javed Ahmadi 0
Mohammad Shahzad has a strike rate of 86 in the powerplay. He's starting to open the face of the bat right from the start. Good for Afghanistan. They can play with confidence and without fear.
Afghanistan 6/0 after 1 over, Mohammad Shahzad 5, Javed Ahmadi 0
Khaleel opens the bowling attack, he's been impressive, it's only his 2nd ODI, but a good start for the pacer.MS Dhoni at the toss said that everyone has been given a chance to play in the tournament
Dhoni to captain for the 200th time!
MS Dhoni will captain India for the 200th time today. India have made 5 changes in the team, effectively testing the bench strength. Afghanistan have made 2 changes.
Afghanistan skipper wins the toss and chooses to bat first. They have some outstanding players that have proved their mettle in the trot. However, India is unbeaten and will look to continue the dominance.
Quite a few missing from Indian squad
Quite a few changes. Both the openers are missing, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Bumrah and Chahal are also missing. Dhoni to lead young India against Afghanistan
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
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