Resurgent Afghanistan, which is out of the final race, will look to leave a lasting impact when they face one of the best ODI teams India their last encounter of the Asia Cup 2018 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday. The otherwise dead rubber match will not have any bearing on India as they have already qualified for the finals. However, Afghanistan, which has impressed the world with their fighting spirit, would like to put up some challenge against the world’s second best ODI team.
India, on the other hand, would look to continue their unbeaten run in the Asia cup. Barring Hong Kong, no team has been able to challenge India in the tournament so far and men. However, Afghanistan would not give up as easily as Pakistan or Bangladesh did and will look to end their Asia Cup journey with a bang.
India vs Afghanistan Live Cricket Score, commentary, Asia Cup 2018:
# Match tied: Rashid Khan defends seven runs and pulls off a last-ball tie. 10 one sided games and this dead rubber turned out to be a tie. Afghanistan will go home with head high. Though, they are not playing finals but Afghanistan have been a better team than Pakistan and Bangladesh.
# OUT! What's happening here. Wickets are falling on regular intervals. After Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik also fell victim to Nabi. It was fired full on leg by Nabi, Karthik tried to flick it away but misses it. Reply shows the ball was missing the leg by a big margin. India would be regretting the waste of review by KL Rahul.
# Score after 39 overs: IND 205-5; Karthik 44(62)Jadeja 0(0)
# OUT! Kedar Jadhav run out! karthik hit that straight back to the bowler, Mujeeb gets a hand on the ball to deflect it onto the stumps.
# Score after 35 overs: IND 190-4; Karthik 37(52)Kedar Jadhav 12(12)
# OUT! Manish Pandey departs. Afghanistan are back in the game with quick wickets. After Rayudu's fall, they didn't let any batsman to set. Can Afghanistan turn things here?
# Score after 30 overs: IND 164-3; Manish Pandey 8(12)Karthik 26(36)
# OUT! Dhoni has gone and a deafening silence at the ground. Was that going down the leg side? The umpire doesn't think so and Dhoni is walking out. He won't take a review as India have already used up one. The reply shows the ball was missing the leg stump.
# Score after 21 overs: IND 128-2; Karthik 6(9)Dhoni 1(2)
# OUT! You can't play lose shots against Rashid Khan no matter how big player you are. Rahul tried to reverse sweep that but failed to connect with the bat. That ball hits his thighs but he was right in front of middle and leg. India lost a review also.
# Fifty for KL Rahul: A very mild celebrations there. Simply raised his bat and that's it. A very calm and composed innings from Rahul. Got the chance and using it very well.
# OUT! End of Rayudu's knock. He played the innings in second gear. Good attacking intent. 57 off just 49 that set the platform for Indian middle order to chase them down.
# Score after 16 overs: IND 103-0; Rayudu 51(45)Rahul 48(51)
# Fifty for Rayudu: ODI fifty number 8 for him. Rohit Sharma is happy in the stands. A well-controlled innings so far.
# Score after 10 overs: IND 64-0Rayudu 30(26)Rahul 30(34)
# Score after 5 overs: India 22/0 | KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu on the crease
# India's chase: Rahul and Rayudu are at the crease. Rahul is on strike. Aftab Alam will open the attack
# End of the innings: Afghanistan has set a target of 253 runs for India. The team got a wonderful start courtesy Shahzad's blistering knock, however, they lost momentum against the spin duo of Jadeja and Kuldeep. Shahzad and Nabi scored a century and fifty, respectively, to take their side over to 250.
# OUT! Nabi falls after fifty. Nabi was trying to chip the length delivery over the infield but miscues it straight to cover where Kuldeep Yadav takes a good running behind catch, even after collision with Dinesh Karthik.
# Score after 45 overs: AFG 228-7; Rashid Khan 2(5)Nabi 52(46)
# OUT! Jadeja removes Zadran. He went for a reverse sweep but couldn't connect the ball and bat. Struck in front of off stump.
# Fifty for Nabi: 12th ODI half-century for the Nabi. He has taken over Shahzad's job quite well. This partnership between Najibullah Zadran and Nabi is very crucial for Afghanistan to reach a fighting total.
# OUT! End of Shahzad's brilliant innings. He Walks down the track and looks to go big against a flighted delivery. Mistimes it and Dinesh Karthik takes a good high catch. First wicket for Jadhav.
# Score after 35 overs: AFG 163-5Nabi 17(21)Mohammad Shahzad 116(106)
# OUT! Maiden wicket for Chahar. Gulbadin charges down the track to sweep this off his toe, holes out at deep backward square. That ends the 50-run partnership between Shahzad and him.
# FOUR! And century for Shahzad. His fifth ODI ton. He punches in the air with a loud roar and then opens his arm in style to celebrate it. A wonderful innings from the southpaw. When the entire team was struggling, he took a step forward and decided to take on the Indian bowlers. A fearless, aggressive knock.
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# SIX, Shahzad moves into the 90s: He is having a wonderful day. He stood tall on one end while wickets kept falling on the other end.
# Score after 20 overs: AFG 103-4; Naib 3(11)Mohammad Shahzad 87(72)
# OUT! Another wicket for Kuldeep, and this time its skipper Asghar Adghna. A magical leg-break, slow through the air, pitched around off and turned in a long way to beat Asghar Afghan's clip on the inside edge. Hattrick chance for him.
# Afghanistan lose momentum: After a wonderful start, Afghanistan lost three quick wickets. The only good for them is opener Shahzad who is firing on all cylinders.
# OUT stumped! Second stumping of the day for Dhoni in 200th ODI as captain. A chinaman from Kuldeep which drifted in, dipped and turned past the outside edge. Shahidi was duped by the flight and Dhoni was lightning quick to dislodge the bails.
# Score after 15 overs: AFG 81-2; Shahidi 0(2)Mohammad Shahzad 69(55)
# OUT Bowled! Second wicket for Jadeja. Bowled this slightly slower and Rahmat played for the turn but the ball went straight through the big gap between bat and pad. Wickets shattered.
# OUT! Lightening strikes in Dubai. Javed Ahmadi was struggling since the start. Walked down the track to work this flat ball through the on-side. The ball didn't spin and missed the inside edge. Dhoni does the rest. Javed Ahmadi st Dhoni b Jadeja 5(30).
# 14th ODI fifty for Shahzad: Mohammad Shahzad slams quick-fire fifty off just 37 balls. He is looking dangerous.
# Afghanistan off to fearless start: Score after 5 overs: AFG 35-0; Javed Ahmadi 3(11)Mohammad Shahzad 28 (20)
# Action begins: Mohammad Shahzad and Javed Ahmadi are at the crease. Mohammad Shahzad is on strike. Khaleel Ahmed will open the attack
# Captain Cool is back! Some changes for India means Rohit Sharma rests and MS Dhoni once again takes the reins! His 200th ODI as captain.
He's lost the toss and Afghanistan are batting, while Deepak Chahar makes his debut.
# 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
# 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
# Toss time: Surprise! It's not Rohit Sharma but MS Dhoni who walks out for the toss along with Asghar Afghan and the match referee. Afghanistan have won the toss and have opted to bat
#Hello and welcome to News Nation live updates. Out of contention for reaching final, Afghanistan will look horn with the world's second best ODI team India in their last match of the tournament. Afghanistan have fought hard throughout the Asia Cup, and though they are on their way out, they'll be looking to claim one last big scalp against India. Can they do it? Stay with us for live action as we give you ball by ball update.