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India vs Afghanistan - Super Four, Match 5

Series: Asia Cup 2018
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Date: 25 September 2018

India 252/10 (49.5 Ovs) RR: 5.06 | Match tied

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Dead rubber? No no, I'm not going to end with a cliche like "Cricket is the real winner here" but this was insanity. When the day began, the biggest concern was the unpredictability of the Fantasy XI. At the end of the day, even the ardent fans who incurred losses would be satisfied with the result. They've certainly got their money's worth. A fantastic exhibition of cricket. And more importantly, a spellbinding exhibition for cricket. A chaotic comm-box, guilty of sound pollution and some extravagant expressions of joy, bids you goodbye for the day. Join us for the coverage tomorrow, same time, same place. For now, it's Rishi Roy, signing off on behalf of Shashikant Singh, Abhinand Raghavendran, Nikhil Jadhav and Raju Peethala as MS Dhoni walks back, with his captaincy career starting and (presumably) ending in ties. Afghanistan walk back too, defeated, but heads held high. *Curtains Down*

India's chase got off to a fantastic start, but the wicket of Rayudu brought a few more. The Afghanistan bowlers kept pecking away at the middle-order, taking every opportunity that came their way. They were lucky with a couple of dismissals, particularly those of Dhoni and Karthik, but given their fortunes in the last two games, they deserved some luck. "Cricket is a great leveller," MS Dhoni had said, during a promotional event of his biopic, circa September 2016 - and it is only fitting, that possibly his last game as captain of the side ends up in a tie. Despite the Gulf between India's first choice XI and benchstrength, perhaps this was a tight contest they needed before the final. A polite wake-up call. It's a game that these Afghan players will write home about. In fact they'll just take the flight home, like Shahzad mentioned, and this match will go down in the fables of Afghan cricket history.

Mohammad Shahzad, Man of the match: I'm not very happy, we have slogged for 6 hours at the ground without result, but I am happy with the performance of the team. We have a flight tomorrow, so I thought of playing my game freely. I am feeling proud, because I have played an innings like this against the best side in Asia. I haven't played well throughout the tournament, but I am happy that I played well in this one.

Asghar Afghan, Afghanistan captain: Today the wicket was a good one for us as it was a spinning track. Shahzad played really well and played very positive cricket. Their opening partnership was good and our spinners did an equally good job. When you tie a match with a side like India, it's just like a win. India have chased easily in the last two games but today we made it tough for them. Such tough games are good for the fans as well. Every time we have asked him, Shahzad has done the job for us. He played well in the last game too but today he was the real Shahzad. Again, I give him a lot of credit for his knock. Thank you very much.

MS Dhoni, India captain: Their (Afghanistan's) cricket has improved a lot. The way they have continued from the start of the Asia cup, it is commendable and we have enjoyed their cricket. It is one country that has risen through the ranks very well. They played really well. They batted extremely well too. The wicket slowed down later, but they bowled extremely well throughout the game and their fielding was tight too. I wouldn't say we went wrong in the chase. To start off, it was like a handicap in golf. We didn't go with a full-strength side. Not enough spinners on this wicket. The first over that a fast bowler bowls, they need to extract swing. We didn't hit the back of a length area, and we gave away too much initially with the ball. We got off to a very good start with the bat, but the wicket slowed down over the course of the game, so someone should have continued with the bat. Shot-selection is something that we need to work on. There were a couple of run-outs, and a few things we can't talk about (the incorrect LBW decisions) because I don't want to get fined for it. It's good that it's a tie, but they played really well. The Afghanistan guys played really well. 250 was a very good score on this wicket. We could have been on the losing side because of quite a few things that didn't go for us, so I'm happy with the result.

Spinners defending < 10 runs in the last over off a TIED ODI:
6 K Arthurton v Aus, Georgetown, 1999
7 RASHID KHAN v Ind, Dubai DSC, 2018
9 A White v Zim, Kingston, 2007

Most ODIs TIED as captain:
5 MS Dhoni
3 R Richardson/ S Waugh/ S Pollock

Tied ODIs for India:
vs WI, Perth, 1991
vs Zim, Indore, 1993
vs Zim, Paarl, 1997
vs Eng, Bengaluru, 2011
vs Eng, Lord's, 2011
vs SL, Adelaide, 2012
vs NZ, Auckland, 2014
vs Afg, Dubai DSC, 2018

23:39 Local Time, 19:39 GMT, 01:09 IST: What a doozy! There's a tricolour-turbanned junior fan in the crowd who's in tears, but he can't fathom the beauty of what he has witnessed. One must feel for Afghanistan. Not exactly a hat-trick of heartbreaks for Afghanistan, but they'll be thrilled that they served up the most closely-fought contests in the Asia Cup. And to top it off with this masterpiece of a tie? They can walk away from this tournament a very proud nation. The Afghanistan legend continues. The magical journey sees another highlight in its timeline - a tied ODI against the second-best ODI side in the world. And, don't forget, this was a return to captaincy for MS Dhoni, his 200th ODI as captain, and he caps it off with the 5th tie of his captaincy career. To the presentations now, and I try to catch my breath.

49.5
0
Rashid Khan to Jadeja, out Caught by Najibullah! Are you kidding me? Oh Asia Cup. You serve us 10 one-sided snoozefests, and then a tie for the ages. That's a short one, Jadeja's eyes light up, and he mistimes the pull. Gets a bit of a top-edge towards midwicket and Najibullah runs in from the deep to collect it. Calm and composed. This is one for the ages... Jadeja c Najibullah b Rashid Khan 25(34) [4s-1]

Rashid Khan to Jadeja, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

It's a tie!

49.4
1
Rashid Khan to Khaleel Ahmed, 1 run, the skidder outside off, Khaleel Ahmed throws his hands at the drive, gets a thick inside edge to short fine leg and they scamper through for a single. A throw at the non-striker's end, the batsman was in trouble, but Rashid doesn't collect. Khaleel's first international run is worth remembering!

Oh, these are some mad moments. Khaleel on strike. One to tie, two to win for India. One wicket for Afghanistan to win.

49.3
1
Rashid Khan to Jadeja, 1 run, fired in flat on the pads, tickled away to backward square leg and he's taken the single...
49.2
4
Rashid Khan to Jadeja, FOUR, tossed up outside off, Jadeja clears his front-leg and times the slog-sweep to perfection. There's a fielder coming in from a squarer position towards deep mid-wicket and he puts in the dive, but it has reached the boundary. Is it a four or a six? It's a four. Hits the cushion on the half-volley
49.1
0
Rashid Khan to Jadeja, no run, short and turning away outside off, Jadeja mistimes the pull towards deep midwicket. Refuses the single

A doozy of a nail-biter on our hands. India have one wicket in hand. Rashid to defend 7 off the last over. The key? Jadeja on strike. Dhawan comes in with replacement gloves for Jadeja. Rohit was there too, with some advice perhaps.

48.6
1
Aftab Alam to Jadeja, 1 run, fuller length delivery on the boots, clipped away towards fine leg for a single

K Khaleel Ahmed, right handed bat, comes to the crease

48.5
0
Aftab Alam to S Kaul, out S Kaul Run Out! A fuller length delivery on middle, checked drive towards mid-on, there's a throw from midwicket at the non-striker's end, and he's struck! Kaul is short of his ground and departs! Direct hit, and this is the last straw for India. Can they win it? Or will it be a hat-trick of heartbreaks for Afghanistan? S Kaul run out (Shahidi) 0(1)

Aftab Alam to S Kaul, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!

Conference meeting out at the center.

48.4
1
Aftab Alam to Jadeja, 1 run, nearly a yorker length on middle and leg, toe-ended away to long-on for another single to crawl towards the target
48.3
0
Aftab Alam to Jadeja, no run, another short one outside off, Jadeja tries a tentative pull, gets a top-edge towards short midwicket and it lands just short of Rashid. He has enough presence of mind to fire in a throw at the bowler's end, and Kaul would have been well short of his ground. Drama!
48.2
2
Aftab Alam to Jadeja, 2 runs, slower bouncer, right on the money, Jadeja is in a position for a wristy pull, maneuvers it in front of deep square leg for a brace

Siddarth Kaul, right handed bat, comes to the crease

48.1
2
Aftab Alam to Kuldeep Yadav, out Kuldeep Yadav Run Out!! 2 runs completed. It's full and marginally wide outside off, Kuldeep shifts his weight onto the back foot and creams the drive towards the deep extra cover boundary. Naib fires in the throw from the boundary after pulling it in, it's a wide throw, but a good collection by the bowler who then threw it onto the stumps. Kuldeep, the second batsman tonight, whose bat got stuck as he tried to slide it in. Oh, this is going down to the wire. Kuldeep Yadav run out (Naib/Aftab Alam) 9(11)

Aftab Alam to Kuldeep Yadav, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!

47.6
2
Rashid Khan to Jadeja, 2 runs, full-toss on leg and middle, Jadeja charges down the track to clip it away to deep mid-wicket for a brace; loses the strike
47.5
0
Rashid Khan to Jadeja, no run, tossed up outside off, Jadeja is fully forward to defend compactly
47.4
1
Rashid Khan to Kuldeep Yadav, 1 run, on the pads again, fired in flat, Kuldeep Yadav is on his knee to sweep it towards backward square leg for a single
47.3
0
Rashid Khan to Kuldeep Yadav, no run, topspinner, hurrying on towards leg and middle, Kuldeep Yadav misses the tuck and there's an appeal: too high
47.2
1
Rashid Khan to Jadeja, 1 run, full and flat, a tad too full for it to turn, and Jadeja clips it away in front of square leg for a single
47.1
0
Rashid Khan to Jadeja, no run, the googly, turns on leg and skids away outside off, Jadeja is beaten on the full-stretch forward defence, and Shahzad does well to collect and whip off the bails

Rashid Khan [8.0-0-31-1] is back into the attack

46.6
1
Aftab Alam to Jadeja, 1 run, short one outside off, Jadeja hops across, delays his wristy maneuver of a pull towards deep square leg for a single to retain the strike
46.5
1
Aftab Alam to Kuldeep Yadav, 1 run, length delivery but angling down leg, Kuldeep Yadav gets a bat on the drop-tuck towards fine leg for a single
46.4
1
Aftab Alam to Jadeja, 1 run, nearly yorker length, but too full, ends up a full-toss on the middle-stump that's whip-driven away to long-on for a single
46.3
0
Aftab Alam to Jadeja, no run, fuller length delivery on the pads, tucked towards short midwicket and Rashid scores a direct-hit at the striker's end. Jadeja thinks about going for an overthrow, but rules it out in the end
46.2
1
Aftab Alam to Kuldeep Yadav, 1 run, back of a length delivery just outside off, slower one, Kuldeep Yadav delays his tap into the off-side and they scramble through for a single
46.1
2
Aftab Alam to Kuldeep Yadav, 2 runs, fuller length delivery on the pads, whipped away behind deep backward square leg for a brace. The throw has deflected off the keeper's glove towards the cheekbone of Shenwari! Oh, there's a nasty bump under the left eye, and he's walking off the field, miffed. He was backing up too close, and that's definitely his fault
45.6
1
Nabi to Kuldeep Yadav, 1 run, leading edge! Holds from from a length on middle and off, Kuldeep Yadav tries to nudge it into the on-side with a closed face, makes the mistake of trusting the pace, and ends up getting a leading edge into front of point for a single
45.5
0
Nabi to Kuldeep Yadav, no run, flatter one fired in at the stumps, Kuldeep Yadav defends solidly. Massive bat-pad gap though
45.4
1
Nabi to Jadeja, 1 run, another straightener from a slightly shorter than ideal length, Jadeja cuts it bottom-handedly to point for another quick single
45.3
1
Nabi to Kuldeep Yadav, 1 run, tossed up just outside off, fairly quick, Kuldeep Yadav opens up his stance, gives himself room, and drives it inside-out to sweeper cover for a single
45.2
0
Nabi to Kuldeep Yadav, no run, turns away from round the wicket, Kuldeep Yadav just about keeps the straightening ball out with a defence
45.1
1
Nabi to Jadeja, 1 run, skids from a good length marginally outside off, Jaddu is nearly on his knees to poke it away towards backward point for a quick single

Mohammad Nabi [9.0-0-36-2] is back into the attack

44.6
0
Aftab Alam to Kuldeep Yadav, no run, angling in, pitching on a back of a length and cramping Kuldeep Yadav for room on the back foot defence, and he manages to defend it into the off-side. He's definitely hurried the batsman though

Kuldeep Yadav, left handed bat, comes to the crease

44.5
0
Aftab Alam to Chahar, out Bowled! That's a slower one, knuckle ball with fewer backspin revs, grips on the seam and skids on, doesn't lose much pace because of the backspin. Chahar is trying to whip it away into the on-side, cross-batted, and gets struck on the front-pad before the ball deflects onto the stumps. Chahar b Aftab Alam 12(14) [4s-1]

Aftab Alam to Chahar, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

44.4
1
Aftab Alam to Jadeja, 1 run, another one on a fuller length just outside off, and that's a checked push towards mid-off for a scampered single
44.3
0
Aftab Alam to Jadeja, no run, fuller length delivery on the pads, nudged towards short midwicket
44.2
1
Aftab Alam to Chahar, 1 run, yorker length delivery outside off, Chahar shuffles forward and across to dig it out towards the off-side, gets a thick toe-edge towards the right of the keeper, who does well to gather but has too much off-ward momentum to fire in a throw
44.1
1
Aftab Alam to Jadeja, 1 run, holds up in the pitch from a back of a length, Jadeja hops, delays the poke towards backward point, and scurries across for a quick single

Aftab Alam [7.0-0-38-1] is back into the attack

43.6
0
Mujeeb to Chahar, no run, no clue about that in-angler, Chahar is hurried into a defence down the wicket
43.5
4
Mujeeb to Chahar, FOUR, short and wide outside off, Chahar releases the pressure-cooker whistle with a carve away that pierces the in-field towards the deep backward point fence for four
43.4
1
Mujeeb to Jadeja, 1 run, slips early from the hand, drops short as a result, Jadeja fends it off the back foot to short mid-wicket for a single
43.3
1
Mujeeb to Chahar, 1 run, tossed up outside off, Chahar stretches forward to push it to cover point for a quick single
43.2
0
Mujeeb to Chahar, no run, tossed up on a length outside off, turning away from off, perhaps missing, Chahar misses the flick against the turn. Huge appeal, but not given
43.1
1
Mujeeb to Jadeja, 1 run, turning in from outside off, a tad short, Jadeja carves it away towards backward point and Najibullah dives to his left at backward point to keep it to a single
42.6
1
Rashid Khan to Jadeja, 1 run, full one on leg-stump, Jadeja gets forward and nudges it softly towards long-on for another single
42.5
0
Rashid Khan to Jadeja, no run, straightens from a back of a length on leg and middle, Jadeja has to keep the topspin at bay with a single-handed drop, as though it were a bouncer
42.4
0
Rashid Khan to Jadeja, no run, another short googly that creates eventual width with the turn, slapped towards cover off the back foot
42.3
1
Rashid Khan to Chahar, 1 run, the googly pitches outside off, perfect line, but he needs to go fuller: that's tucked off the back foot to square leg for a quick single
42.2
0
Rashid Khan to Chahar, no run, the leg-break once again, pitching just outside off, Chahar gets forward to defend and gets beaten on the outside edge
42.1
1
Rashid Khan to Jadeja, 1 run, tossed up full-toss on off-stump, Jadeja bottom-hands the drive towards long-on for a single. An on-the-walk swat

Rashid Khan [7.0-0-28-1] is back into the attack

41.6
2
Mujeeb to Chahar, 2 runs, hurried on the back foot from a length by that skidder, Chahar is cramped and gets some bat on it down to fine leg for a couple
41.5
1
Mujeeb to Jadeja, 1 run, drops it short finally, some relief for the batsman, and that's carved away to sweeper cover for a single
41.4
0
Mujeeb to Jadeja, no run, that's another carrom ball, and that's absolutely smashing the stumps, he misses with the defence again, another huge appeal, but not given
41.3
0
Mujeeb to Jadeja, no run, turning in, is the carrom ball again, Jadeja drags the foot towards the on-side to defend and that strikes him on the pad but drifting down
41.2
0
Mujeeb to Jadeja, no run, turning in towards the gut, Jadeja misses the defence, and that's a massive appeal. Shake of the head
41.1
0
Mujeeb to Jadeja, no run, fired in flat from round the wicket, Jadeja tries to make room for the cut, gets cramped on the shot

Mujeeb Ur Rahman [8.0-1-33-0] is back into the attack

40.6
1
Aftab Alam to Jadeja, 1 run, low full-toss on off-stump, whip-driven towards long-on for a strike-retaining single
40.5
1
Aftab Alam to Chahar, 1 run, angled down towards middle and leg, Chahar gets across and delays his tuck off the thighs towards fine leg for a single
40.4
0
Aftab Alam to Chahar, no run, a tad fuller, on a good length on off-stump, Chahar opens the face of the bat cheekily to glide it behind point
40.3
0
Aftab Alam to Chahar, no run, back of a length delivery pitching on off, Chahar stands tall on the back foot to defend solidly
40.2
1
Aftab Alam to Jadeja, 1 run, another fuller length delivery but on the pads, clipped away to mid-wicket for another single
40.1
0
Aftab Alam to Jadeja, no run, round the wicket and full, Jadeja gets a leading edge trying the nudge into the on-side, and almost an appeal

Powerplay #3 - Aftab Alam is back with his seamers.

39.6
0
Nabi to Chahar, no run, a bit of air, still flat in trajectory, Chahar gets forward and smothers the spin with a forward defensive
39.5
2
Nabi to Chahar, 2 runs, fired full down leg, Chahar gets a bat on the tickle down towards fine leg for a couple of runs - his first two in ODI cricket

Deepak Chahar, right handed bat, comes to the crease

39.4
0
Nabi to Karthik, out Lbw! Oh no! India have no reviews left, and that one was going down leg-side! Fired in very full, Karthik gets too far across and tries to flick it away, misses it, and is struck on the pads. Massive appeal, and he's been given! Oh, that is most definitely sliding down leg-side. Tough call, and Karthik looks distraught. India will be ruing that wasted review by Rahul. Karthik lbw b Nabi 44(66) [4s-4]

Nabi to Karthik, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

39.3
0
Nabi to Karthik, no run, turning slightly from a length outside off, Karthik defends off the front foot
39.2
0
Nabi to Karthik, no run, the straighter one, stays low, Karthik opens the face towards gully
39.1
0
Nabi to Karthik, no run, turning in from a length outside off, Karthik plays for the turn, but not for enough turn, hit on the pads, massive appeal, and that's probably turning down leg
38.6
1
Mujeeb to Karthik, 1 run, short one, Karthik rocks back and pulls it away to deep mid-wicket for a single

Ravindra Jadeja, left handed bat, comes to the crease

38.5
0
Mujeeb to Karthik, out Kedar Jadhav Run Out! A gentle toss-up in line with the stumps, Karthik gives himself room to get forward and whip-drive it straight down the wicket, as Mujeeb gets a hand on it to deflect it onto the stumps. Jadhav, who was trying to get back, managed to get his bat stuck in the turf and the bails lit up before he could recover. A crucial wicket for Afghanistan. Kedar Jadhav run out (Mujeeb) 19(26) [4s-2]

Mujeeb to Karthik, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!

Is there a run-out for Jadhav at the non-striker's end? Oh no! Mujeeb had a hand on that, and Jadhav, trying to drag his bat back, manages to get his bat stuck on the wicket.

38.4
0
Mujeeb to Karthik, no run, a sharp off-break, Karthik is shaping up to cut, ends up playing a last-moment defence into the wicket with a late-cut stance
38.3
0
Mujeeb to Karthik, no run, skidding outside off, stays low, Karthik goes down with it and glides it towards backward point with an open bat-face
38.2
1
Mujeeb to Kedar Jadhav, 1 run, dropped a little short and angling into the pads, tucked away off the back foot to square leg for a single
38.1
1
Mujeeb to Karthik, 1 run, flat outside off, straightening, Karthik pokes it off the front foot towards backward point for a quick single. A swift throw from backward point at the striker's end, but Kedar Jadhav is in comfortably

Mujeeb Ur Rahman [7.0-1-30-0] is back into the attack

Getting a little too close for comfort for the Indians.

37.6
0
Nabi to Kedar Jadhav, no run, fuller length delivery, Kedar Jadhav shimmies down and yorks himself, punches it back to the bowler off the toe-end
37.5
0
Nabi to Kedar Jadhav, no run, flatter and quicker on a length outside off, Kedar Jadhav reaches out and dead-bats
37.4
0
Nabi to Kedar Jadhav, no run, the sidespinner, no turn, goes straight on, Kedar Jadhav tries to turn it away, plays for the spin, and gets a leading edge that stays nice and safe
37.3
0
Nabi to Kedar Jadhav, no run, turns in from outside off and grips, Kedar Jadhav jumps across and tries to work it into the on-side, doesn't make contact
37.2
1
Nabi to Karthik, 1 run, drops it short and flat outside off, turns in, Karthik rocks back and slaps it away in front of deep point for a single
37.1
0
Nabi to Karthik, no run, fuller length and flighted on middle, Karthik whips it on the walk towards short midwicket
37.1
1
Nabi to Karthik, wide, fired down leg-side, and that's wide...

The umpire has the notebook out! Now now, they really shouldn't be overly involved in the banter.

Mohammad Nabi [7.0-0-32-1] is back into the attack

36.6
0
Rashid Khan to Kedar Jadhav, no run, very quick leg-break with a bit of topspin too, Kedar Jadhav tries to cut it away towards point, but gets beaten on the top-edge by the extra bounce. Rashid gives him the good ol' staredown! Oh this is good stuff!
36.5
0
Rashid Khan to Kedar Jadhav, no run, leg-break on middle, turning away, Kedar Jadhav gets on the back foot and nudges it into the on-side under his eyes
36.4
0
Rashid Khan to Kedar Jadhav, no run, loopy quick one, lands on a yorker length, Kedar Jadhav digs it out wristily
36.3
0
Rashid Khan to Kedar Jadhav, no run, the leg-break holding up a tad outside off, Kedar Jadhav gets on the back foot and pokes it behind point
36.2
4
Rashid Khan to Kedar Jadhav, FOUR, some leg-break, but an overspin component makes it grip and hold up, and that give him enough time to back away and steer it away to third man for four
36.1
0
Rashid Khan to Kedar Jadhav, no run, It's a leg-break, sharp turn from a full length, Kedar Jadhav gets forward to defend, he thought he had that covered, but it turns past the outside edge! Review for caught behind! He's hit the boot while defending, which stalled the swing of the bat. Now, the bat hits the boot at the same time as the ball seems to go past the edge. The soft signal is not out, of course, and the third umpire has no conclusive evidence to reverse that. NOT OUT!
35.6
1
Mujeeb to Kedar Jadhav, 1 run, angled in, was the carrom ball, and straightens off the wicket, Kedar Jadhav opens the face whilst on the back foot and deflects it with an open face to point for a single
35.5
1
Mujeeb to Karthik, 1 run, angling in and pitching a little short, Karthik stays on the back foot and carves it away square of the wicket for a single
35.4
1
Mujeeb to Kedar Jadhav, 1 run, holds up due to the flat trajectory off a good length outside off, Kedar Jadhav stays low(er) and pokes it away towards sweeper cover for a single
35.3
0
Mujeeb to Kedar Jadhav, no run, better, tossed up on a fuller length just outside off, Kedar Jadhav gets a good stride forward to stonewall
35.2
1
Mujeeb to Karthik, 1 run, short and wide once again, Karthik rocks back easily and carves it away powerfully in front of point for a single
35.1
2
Mujeeb to Karthik, 2 runs, carrom ball turning away sharply outside off, Karthik backs away too much, then has to reach out to single-handedly slap it towards sweeper cover for a brace
34.6
1
Rashid Khan to Karthik, 1 run, dropped extremely short, DK misses out on the pull, mistimes it towards wide long-on for a single
34.5
4
Rashid Khan to Karthik, FOUR, a bit of turn outside off, with a massive overspin component, and Karthik backs away and slashes at the cut, gets a top-edge towards the third man boundary for four
34.4
0
Rashid Khan to Karthik, no run, skidding a tad quicker, angling towards off, and straightening off the wicket. Blocked off the back foot
34.3
0
Rashid Khan to Karthik, no run, the leg-break from middle and leg, Karthik gets forward and defends after reading it from the hand
34.2
1
Rashid Khan to Kedar Jadhav, 1 run, a tad slower outside off, Kedar Jadhav reaches out and caresses it towards cover for a single
34.1
0
Rashid Khan to Kedar Jadhav, no run, leg-break from middle, skidding towards off, punched hastily towards mid-off off the back foot
33.6
1
Mujeeb to Kedar Jadhav, 1 run, fired a tad short towards the leg-side, Kedar Jadhav plants his foot across and then swivels late into a short-arm pull to deep square leg for a single
33.5
1
Mujeeb to Karthik, 1 run, the finger-googly, turns in, but too short; Karthik cuts it away square of the wicket for a single
33.4
0
Mujeeb to Karthik, no run, the carrom ball, turns away with grip, Karthik opens the face and steers it fine towards short third man
33.3
0
Mujeeb to Karthik, no run, good length and wide outside off, flat too, but that skids on. Karthik misses the glide off a low stance, nearly takes the edge
33.2
1
Mujeeb to Kedar Jadhav, 1 run, a tad short outside off, Kedar Jadhav stays back and tucks it to square leg for a quick single
33.1
0
Mujeeb to Kedar Jadhav, no run, tossed up on off, Kedar Jadhav gets across and covers the turn, whips it towards mid-on
33.1
1
Mujeeb to Kedar Jadhav, wide, sliding down leg, wide called

Dhawan brings in inner gloves for DK. He's the 12th man today. Meanwhile, Mujeeb is back with a slip in place.

Time for the players to have a drink.

32.6
1
Rashid Khan to Kedar Jadhav, 1 run, another one straying down leg, a tad short, Kedar Jadhav taps it on the head with a closed face into the on-side for another single to retain the strike
32.5
1
Rashid Khan to Karthik, 1 run, flat one, a tad short for the trajectopry, it sits up for the pull and Karthik obliges with one to deep mid-wicket for a single
32.4
0
Rashid Khan to Karthik, no run, skids straight on outside off, stays low, Karthik gets forward and opens the face of the bat towards short third man
32.3
0
Rashid Khan to Karthik, no run, some overspin on that googly outside off, turns in, hits the top-half of the bat as Karthik defends off the front foot
32.3
1
Rashid Khan to Karthik, wide, the googly skidding through low but down leg-side, Karthik misses the glance, massive appeal for caught behind, and that's called a wide as the umpire sees through them

Javed Ahmadi leaving the field (perhaps something to do with the hand injury)

32.2
0
Rashid Khan to Karthik, no run, the leg-break, slow turn, Karthik reads it off the pitch and shapes up to pull initially, opens the face at the last moment to steer it away towards short third man
32.1
0
Rashid Khan to Karthik, no run, the topspinner outside off, jumps up, Karthik is on the back foot and punches it with a high elbow towards cover

Rashid Khan [4.0-0-15-1] is back into the attack

Star bowler with an iffy hamstring returns.

31.6
0
Javed Ahmadi to Kedar Jadhav, no run, a tad short (for Jadhav) and on the pads, turning inwards, Kedar Jadhav shuffles across behind the line and tucks it behind square leg
31.5
1
Javed Ahmadi to Karthik, 1 run, tossed up from round the wicket, Karthik tries a defence off the front foot into the off-side, the ball straightens off the wicket and he gets a thick inside edge to square leg for a single
31.4
1
Javed Ahmadi to Kedar Jadhav, 1 run, fired in flat on the pads again, tucked away towards deep square leg for another single
31.3
1
Javed Ahmadi to Karthik, 1 run, turns in and stays low from a length outside off, stops on him a little, and he checks his punch off the back foot to long-on for a single
31.2
1
Javed Ahmadi to Kedar Jadhav, 1 run, turns in from a flat trajectory, Kedar Jadhav gets across and tucks it away towards square leg for a single. Another quick run, another shot at a run-out at the non-striker's end, but all safe in the end
31.1
1
Javed Ahmadi to Karthik, 1 run, full and outside off, Karthik reaches out and runs his hands through the whip drive through cover, and the captain dives across the turf to slow it down and keep it to one

Javed Ahmadi [3.0-0-14-1] is back into the attack

30.6
0
Aftab Alam to Kedar Jadhav, no run, slower short one with no width, Kedar Jadhav comes down the wicket and decides to let it through, then changes his mind back in a femtosecond to try and poke it away towards third man, misses
30.5
2
Aftab Alam to Kedar Jadhav, 2 runs, back of a length delivery on middle, Kedar Jadhav shuffles across and drops it with a closed face behind square leg for a brace. DK hesitated after the first run, and just about made it to the other end in time for the second
30.4
4
Aftab Alam to Kedar Jadhav, FOUR, that's a brilliant yorker length on off-stump to start off with, and he manages to get an outside edge close to the toe-end towards the fine third man fence for four

Kedar Jadhav, right handed bat, comes to the crease

30.3
0
Aftab Alam to Manish Pandey, out Caught by Mohammad Shahzad! Poor from Pandey! The scrambled seamer that is bowled a little wide, but it takes off from a length and misbehaves off the seam. Manish Pandey makes the mistake of trusting the bounce and playing a horizontal-batted drive through the covers, on the up, and gets a thick and healthy edge through to the keeper. India 4 down now, and in a wee bit of trouble. Manish Pandey c Mohammad Shahzad b Aftab Alam 8(15)

Aftab Alam to Manish Pandey, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

30.2
0
Aftab Alam to Manish Pandey, no run, fuller length delivery outside off, punched to short cover, Karthik took off and if the throw had hit the stumps at the non-striker's end, he was gone!
30.1
0
Aftab Alam to Manish Pandey, no run, wide yorker length delivery outside off and just inside the tramline. Balance in all things. Manish Pandey thought of going for the slog but doesn't go after the width. Hoodwinked
30.1
2
Aftab Alam to Karthik, no ball, 1 run, Oh, that's a no-ball for height! Immediate apology by the bowler. Indicates that it slipped from his hands. DK pulls it away in front of square leg for a single. Only 123km/h, so no harm done. But cricket balls are dangerous objects.
29.6
0
Nabi to Manish Pandey, no run, another straighter one outside off, pitched a little short, Manish Pandey stays tall on the back foot to play an angled-batted punch towards the bowler
29.5
0
Nabi to Manish Pandey, no run, keeps going with the arm, Manish Pandey defends off the back foot, but for the turn, and gets beaten on the outside edge
29.4
1
Nabi to Karthik, 1 run, that's angled a little wide outside off, Karthik is already low in his stance and slaps it away off the back foot to sweeper cover for a single
29.3
0
Nabi to Karthik, no run, straying on the pads this time, and nudged softly into the on-side
29.2
0
Nabi to Karthik, no run, length delivery, flat outside off, and that's a late glide towards short third man
29.1
3
Nabi to Manish Pandey, 3 runs, turning in from a decent length outside off, cuts the defending batsman in half, sneaks through between the bat, pad and the keeper's ample coverage area for three. In fact, it's been given as runs

Mohammad Nabi [6.0-0-28-1] is back into the attack

28.6
1
Aftab Alam to Manish Pandey, 1 run, another well-nigh yorker length delivery outside off, Manish Pandey manages to get underneath it and toe-ends a swat-whip towards long-on for a single
28.5
0
Aftab Alam to Manish Pandey, no run, yorker length delivery on leg-stump, Manish Pandey gets across to flick it away, only manages to dig it back out to the bowler
28.4
0
Aftab Alam to Manish Pandey, no run, good length delivery seaming away just outside off, Manish Pandey plays a bottom-handed drive away from the body, gets a thick inside edge onto the pads
28.3
0
Aftab Alam to Manish Pandey, no run, overpitched delivery outside off, Manish Pandey absolutely nails the drive, but it lights up the stumps at the non-striker's end
28.2
1
Aftab Alam to Karthik, 1 run, fuller length delivery on middle, Karthik walks across to swat a flick towards the midwicket area, gets an inside edge onto pad and into the on-side for a quick single. Massive appeal, but there was an inside edge
28.1
0
Aftab Alam to Karthik, no run, back of a length delivery just outside off, Karthik steps forward, trusts the bounce, and drops it into the pitch. Nearly got big on him. Nice length to start off with by Alam

Aftab Alam [4.0-0-25-0] is back into the attack

27.6
0
Javed Ahmadi to Manish Pandey, no run, tossed up, but pitches on a back of a length outside off, Manish Pandey gets on the back foot and defends it under his eyes
27.5
1
Javed Ahmadi to Karthik, 1 run, drops it short this time, and a mistimed pull towards wide long-on for a single
27.4
4
Javed Ahmadi to Karthik, FOUR, high-ish full-toss, Karthik charges down and has enough time to pull it away to deep mid-wicket for a boundary. Slipped from his hand
27.3
0
Javed Ahmadi to Karthik, no run, turns in with some overspin from outside off, Karthik gets on the back foot and checks a punch towards mid-on
27.2
0
Javed Ahmadi to Karthik, no run, full and flighted on off-stump, Karthik stretches forward to the pitch of it and dead-bats
27.1
1
Javed Ahmadi to Manish Pandey, 1 run, tossed up above the eye-line just outside off, pitched up, clipped away on the walk towards long-on for a single
26.6
4
Rahmat to Karthik, FOUR, the googly I think, turning from wide outside off, Karthik steps across and sweeps it hard to the deep mid-wicket fence for four
26.5
2
Rahmat to Karthik, 2 runs, that fullish leg-break skids away towards the off-side, Karthik reaches out, whilst staying low, slives it away to deep extra cover for a brace
26.4
1
Rahmat to Manish Pandey, 1 run, full outside off, Manish Pandey gets forward and drives it to cover for another single
26.3
1
Rahmat to Karthik, 1 run, full-toss outside off, thumped away to long-off for just falls short of the long-off fielder. Could've been a catch
26.2
0
Rahmat to Karthik, no run, the leg-break wide outside off, Karthik stays low and pulls it away with a wristy maneuver towards midwicket
26.1
1
Rahmat to Manish Pandey, 1 run, full and wide outside off, Manish Pandey leans into a bototm-handed drive to sweeper cover for a single

Javed Ahmedi didn't see the ball coming (25.5), and was hit on the hand by an incoming throw at the non-striker's end.

25.6
1
Javed Ahmadi to Manish Pandey, 1 run, a tad short and turning in, Manish Pandey uses the depth of the crease and pulls it away to mid-wicket for a single

Ball-tracking for the Dhoni dismissal: pitching outside off, impact in line, and missing leg-stump! Going over too!

Manish Pandey, right handed bat, comes to the crease

25.5
0
Javed Ahmadi to Dhoni, out Lbw! The crowd is silenced. Pitches just outside off, turns in from a length, and Dhoni, who closes the face of the bat early to work it away into the on-side, is struck on the pad. That might have been going down leg-side, but the umpire doesn't think so. India have used up the review, so they can't use one now. Dhoni departs to stunned silence: in the field and in the comm-box. Dhoni lbw b Javed Ahmadi 8(17)

Javed Ahmadi to Dhoni, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

25.4
0
Javed Ahmadi to Dhoni, no run, good length delivery just outside off, turning in, Dhoni slaps it bottom-handed towards cover off the back foot
25.3
1
Javed Ahmadi to Karthik, 1 run, a tad short and turning in towards leg, Karthik rocks onto the back foot and pulls it away in front of deep square leg for a single
25.2
0
Javed Ahmadi to Karthik, no run, skids on from a tight line just outside off, tapped on the head off the back foot towards the bowler
25.1
1
Javed Ahmadi to Dhoni, 1 run, turns in sharply from a length outside off towards leg, Dhoni is cramped but manages a bottom-handed punch towards mid-off for a quick single
24.6
0
Rahmat to Karthik, no run, a fuller leg-break marginally wide outside off, and that's a horizontal-batted drive with the turn towards cover
24.5
0
Rahmat to Karthik, no run, leg-break just outside off, some topspin component too, punched off the back foot towards cover
24.4
0
Rahmat to Karthik, no run, a tad shorter this, Karthik manages an easier cut towards point. Can't pierce the in-field
24.3
0
Rahmat to Karthik, no run, skiddy one keeping low wide outside off, Karthik chops it off the under-edge towards backward point
24.2
1
Rahmat to Dhoni, 1 run, short and quick outside off, pulled away of a thick under-edge towards wide long-on for a single
24.1
0
Rahmat to Dhoni, no run, this one turns away from a shortish length, Dhoni reaches out to slap it to cover point. They think about the single, but Dhoni is sent back

Rahmat Shah comes in. For some part-time leg-break.

23.6
1
Javed Ahmadi to Dhoni, 1 run, full outside off, driven to wide long-on
23.5
1
Javed Ahmadi to Karthik, 1 run, wristed to mid-wicket
23.4
1
Javed Ahmadi to Dhoni, 1 run, full on middle, flicked away to deep square
23.3
0
Javed Ahmadi to Dhoni, no run, shimmies out and gets too close to the pitch of the delivery, nearly chips a return catch to the bowler. It dips to the right of the bowler and slides under his finger
23.2
1
Javed Ahmadi to Karthik, 1 run, short and sliding in, DK backs away and punches with open face square of sweeper
23.1
1
Javed Ahmadi to Dhoni, 1 run, floaty full delivery outside off, Dhoni lunges forward and sends the drive to long-on

Javed Ahmadi, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

22.6
0
Rashid Khan to Karthik, no run, premeditates the defence and gets beaten on the outside edge. Sees the ball pitch slightly outside off and tries to block using a forward stride, but then, it grips off the pitch and straightens past the edge
22.5
0
Rashid Khan to Karthik, no run, 100ks on the stumps, DK turns it to short fine
22.4
1
Rashid Khan to Dhoni, 1 run, leggie bowled wide of Dhoni's off-stump, he clonks it hard to sweeper
22.3
1
Rashid Khan to Karthik, 1 run, short and spinning away, DK forces himself on the flat-bat pull to long-on
22.2
1
Rashid Khan to Dhoni, 1 run, googly, pitched short around middle and leg, Dhoni stamps back and works it into the mid-wicket pocket
22.1
0
Rashid Khan to Dhoni, no run, flighted full outside off, driven back to Rashid
21.6
0
Nabi to Karthik, no run, blocked back to the bowler
21.5
0
Nabi to Karthik, no run, opens the bat face and pokes this quicker delivery into the off-side
21.4
2
Nabi to Karthik, 2 runs, full on leg, powerfully clipped to deep square and they hare back for the second in a hurry
21.3
1
Nabi to Dhoni, leg byes, 1 run, another one that spins in, Dhoni fails to lay bat on the flick and squeezes a quick single as the ball rolls to square leg
21.2
0
Nabi to Dhoni, no run, appeal for leg before but too high I reckon, gets a big stride forward and misses the off-break as he attempts to block
21.1
0
Nabi to Dhoni, no run, prods forward and across and ekes a soft leading edge on the push to point
20.6
0
Rashid Khan to Karthik, no run, wristily flicked to backward square
20.5
1
Rashid Khan to Dhoni, 1 run, camps back and uses high hands to bunt this down to long-on
20.4
0
Rashid Khan to Dhoni, no run, on the back foot, punched down the ground

Here's India's MS

20.3
0
Rashid Khan to Rahul, out Lbw!! KL Rahul given out lbw, he reviews after a long deliberation with DK: Fair delivery and this looks adjacent. No bat clearly. UltraEdge confirms the same. THREE REDS, ADIOS. Released from back off the hand, zoots in before straightening around off-stump to ping Rahul on the thigh pad, and what was he doing there? Attempting a reverse sweep from off after plonking his front knee forward, it skids through and raps him close to the stumps. Umpire gives it out straightaway and Rahul too looked guilty before deciding to review the umpire's verdict. Rahul lbw b Rashid Khan 60(66) [4s-5 6s-1]

Rashid Khan to Rahul, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

20.2
0
Rashid Khan to Rahul, no run, appeal for stumping but Rahul's clearly in. The leggie just outside off, beats Rahul on the forward push and Shahzad's quick to whip the bails off in a jiffy, but there's a little portion of the boot that's inside the popping crease and umpire Rod Tucker gives it not out after inspecting through various angles
20.1
0
Rashid Khan to Rahul, no run, quick leg break on off, Rahul plonks his bat in front of pad to keep it out
19.6
3
Nabi to Rahul, 3 runs, dragged on, very nearly! Hurries down and was nowhere near the pitch of the delivery, he fetches with hard hands and inside-edges it past leg peg; Aftab Alam gives chase and puts in a magnificent slide near the boundary triangles to keep it down to three
19.5
0
Nabi to Rahul, no run, closes the bat face early on the flick and inside-halves it to short fine
19.4
1
Nabi to Karthik, 1 run, tosses it full on leg-stump, DK clears his front leg and crashes the flick through mid-wicket
19.3
1
Nabi to Rahul, 1 run, tap-and-run single in front of point
19.2
4
Nabi to Rahul, FOUR, full slider outside off, Rahul reverse swipes it past short third to his left. Smart and innovative
19.1
0
Nabi to Rahul, no run, plays with a straight bat face as he punch-drives this flat delivery to the left of the bowler
18.6
4
Rashid Khan to Karthik, FOUR, short enough to pounce on this. Rocks back and muscles the pull over mid-wicket to earn his first boundary of the game
18.5
0
Rashid Khan to Karthik, no run, another googly and DK misses again, it skids quickly, clonks his pad and rolls to 45
18.4
0
Rashid Khan to Karthik, no run, googly, DK lunges across and fails to tuck, it knocks the pad and rolls to short fine
18.3
0
Rashid Khan to Karthik, no run, presses forward and blocks this 100ks delivery to cover
18.2
0
Rashid Khan to Karthik, no run, quicker on off, diffused straight to point
18.1
0
Rashid Khan to Karthik, no run, loopy legbreak on leg-stump, DK rotates his wrists on the flick to 45
17.6
0
Nabi to Rahul, no run, flighted on middle and off, forward and blocked
17.5
2
Nabi to Rahul, 2 runs, comes down the track and takes it on the full to biff it past the bowler
17.4
0
Nabi to Rahul, no run, jumps on the back foot and punches to mid-off
17.3
1
Nabi to Karthik, 1 run, gets forward and drags this full ball from outside off to long-on
17.2
1
Nabi to Rahul, 1 run, second ODI fifty for KL Rahul. The coolest of celebrations you'll ever see. A mere raise of the bat and that's that. Gets there with a nudge into the leg-side

Dinesh Karthik, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Drinks called onto the field...

17.1
0
Nabi to Rayudu, out Caught by Najibullah!! High, high...and right down the throat of long-on. Rayudu knows he's thrown a great opportunity away, walks back disappointed whilst shadow-practicing the shot. He skips out of his crease and looks to have controlled the loft against this full delivery, picked it quite nicely too, but gets more elevation than distance. Result? Long-on trots back and clasps it close to his right shoulder. Rayudu c Najibullah b Nabi 57(49) [4s-4 6s-4]

Nabi to Rayudu, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

16.6
0
Rashid Khan to Rahul, no run, gets too far across and thus, plays outside the line slightly to mistime the push into the leg-side
16.5
0
Rashid Khan to Rahul, no run, opens the bat face late and dabs straight to backward point
16.4
1
Rashid Khan to Rayudu, 1 run, quicker on off, eased down to long-off
16.3
4
Rashid Khan to Rayudu, FOUR, doesn't matter which way the ball's spinning for Rayudu has decided to kill all of it with a belting sweep shot over mid-wicket. Nailed
16.2
1
Rashid Khan to Rahul, 1 run, targets off with this quick legbreak, Rahul opens the bat face and tap-drives to backward point
16.1
1
Rashid Khan to Rayudu, 1 run, fast and full on the stumps, driven firmly to long-off

Here's Rashid. Reckon that's too late a move from Afghanistan? One slip waiting for the edge

15.6
1
Nabi to Rayudu, 1 run, stays leg-side of the delivery and steers it square on the off-side
15.5
0
Nabi to Rayudu, no run, stays on the back foot and punches this quicker delivery into the covers
15.4
1
Nabi to Rahul, 1 run, punched to mid-off
15.3
1
Nabi to Rayudu, 1 run, nudged wide of mid-wicket and that'll be ODI fifty number 8 for Ambati Rayudu. "I'm a fan of Ambati Rayudu" exclaims KP on air. Just a raise of the bat and back to business, Rohit Sharma is a happy man in the stands
15.2
1
Nabi to Rahul, 1 run, this one skids back in late, but Rahul's rapid off his back foot, slaps the cut behind point to bring up the 100-run stand
15.1
0
Nabi to Rahul, no run, full on off, dead-batted down the pitch
14.6
6
Naib to Rayudu, SIX, that sits up on the middle of the pitch. Rayudu's bat gets tired and he almost belatedly mows it across the line, flat and into the mid-wicket stands. Easy peasy
14.5
0
Naib to Rayudu, no run, the bat comes down at an angle but does well to locate the middle and punch to mid-wicket
14.4
1
Naib to Rahul, 1 run, works it away off the pads into the leg-side
14.3
4
Naib to Rahul, FOUR, one bounce and over the ropes! Can't keeping bowling slower deliveries and over and over again; gets too predictable does Naib and Rahul's launched him with disdain with a gorgeous loft-drive over extra cover
14.2
1
Naib to Rayudu, 1 run, a classic punch to deep mid-on
14.1
1
Naib to Rahul, 1 run, 97ks, fullish on off, Rahul manipulates his bat angle to push a single square of cover

The keeper is standing upto the stumps

13.6
1
Nabi to Rahul, 1 run, quick to jump on the back foot and punch the quicker delivery to the left of deep cover
13.5
2
Nabi to Rahul, 2 runs, direct hit at the bowler's end, but Rayudu's safe. Down the track and whip-flicked away in the gap at mid-wicket, Najibullah comes steaming in from the deep and takes the pegs down with a cracking direct hit, but to no avail
13.4
1
Nabi to Rayudu, 1 run, opens the bat face at the last possible moment to steer it wide of Mujeeb at backward point
13.3
1
Nabi to Rahul, 1 run, lets the ball slide in and knocks into the gap at square leg
13.2
1
Nabi to Rayudu, 1 run, stays firm inside the crease and makes use of the length (short) to punch a single to long-on
13.1
0
Nabi to Rayudu, no run, shuffles forward and across to tuck it straight to mid-wicket
12.6
1
Naib to Rayudu, 1 run, off-cutter targetting off peg, Rayudu plonks down a straight bat to push it down to long-on for a strike-retaining single
12.5
0
Naib to Rayudu, no run, uses his feet and punches crisply to cover
12.4
1
Naib to Rahul, 1 run, full and drilled straight back at the bowler, Naib didn't have enough time to react and therefore, the ball smacks the boot and dribbles into the gap at extra cover
12.3
0
Naib to Rahul, no run, slower delivery on and around off, punched into the covers
12.2
1
Naib to Rayudu, 1 run, full and plenty of width outside off, Rayudu uses all of it to steer a single down to third man
12.1
1
Naib to Rahul, 1 run, triggers down initially and arrests all the momentum at the last minute to bury the ball beside the pitch and steal a quick single
11.6
0
Nabi to Rayudu, no run, flat outside off, Rayudu lunges forward and blocks to cover
11.5
0
Nabi to Rayudu, no run, punched back to the bowler
11.4
1
Nabi to Rahul, 1 run, flattish outside off, Rahul comes down the track and uses his wrists to manoeuvre this from there to mid-on
11.3
0
Nabi to Rahul, no run, full on leg-stump, flicked to mid-wicket
11.2
1
Nabi to Rayudu, 1 run, jumps on the back foot and knocks the flatter delivery through square leg
11.1
1
Nabi to Rahul, 1 run, darted on off and middle, tucked round the corner

Mohammad Nabi, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

10.6
6
Naib to Rayudu, SIX, Ambati Thirupathi Rayudu - you absolute gem! What a shot that is. Down the pitch in a flash and unleashes all the swagger with a straight bat murderous loft down the ground. Into the sightscreen
10.5
0
Naib to Rayudu, no run, uses his feet once more and doesn't hit the gap on the drive, had to hustle back to avoid a possible run-out from the bowler
10.4
0
Naib to Rayudu, no run, greyhounds down the pitch and is quick to read the variation - slower ball - and negate into the off-side

False start. Bowl again, please

10.3
1
Naib to Rahul, 1 run, 122ks, nicely pushes into the off-side and calls for a quick single
10.2
1
Naib to Rayudu, 1 run, loopy and full outside off, Rayudu throws his hands and drills square of sweeper cover
10.1
1
Naib to Rahul, 1 run, these slower ball variations aren't working for Afghanistan. Another one from the variations bank, Rahul clips away off his pads behind square leg
9.6
0
Mujeeb to Rayudu, no run, gets down early this time and sweeps it straight to the man at 45

India's opening stands in Asia Cup 2018: 45, 86, 61, 210 & 61*

9.5
0
Mujeeb to Rayudu, no run, forward and to the pitch of the delivery to smother this into the leg-side
9.4
0
Mujeeb to Rayudu, no run, Rayudu gets invigorated too. Tries to sit on one knee and slam Mujeeb down leg, but gets done in pace
9.3
3
Mujeeb to Rahul, 3 runs, puts on his dancing shoes and twirls his wrists in splendid manner to whip-hoick it over mid-wicket. Exhibition
9.2
6
Mujeeb to Rahul, SIX, gives himself room outside off and carves Mujeeb high and handsome over extra cover. One word: Class
9.1
0
Mujeeb to Rahul, no run, quicker delivery on off, Rahul stays low and dabs to backward point
8.6
6
Naib to Rayudu, SIX, slower delivery, Rayudu races down the pitch and converts into a length ball before bashing it clean over long-on. Into the crowd
8.5
1
Naib to Rahul, 1 run, smart cricket from KL. Taps the ball besides the pitch on the off-side and takes off, Shahzad collects, aims and smashes the stumps direct at the striker's end. Rayudu's well in
8.4
0
Naib to Rahul, no run, skids this full delivery on the pads, flicked away to mid-wicket
8.3
4
Naib to Rahul, FOUR, slow low full toss, Rahul reaches out and spanks that through covers. Poor bowling from Naib
8.2
0
Naib to Rahul, no run, punched into the covers
8.1
4
Naib to Rahul, FOUR, that will get him going you'd think. A half-volley on middle and leg, KL Rahul borrows Kohli's wrists and whip-hammers that wide of mid-on. What impact, phewf!

Gulbadin Naib, right-arm medium, comes into the attack

Rashid Khan's back on field. He had issues with his hammy while batting and didn't take field until the start of the previous over. And meanwhile, Dhawan's embraced the role of carrying drinks with great glee

7.6
1
Mujeeb to Rahul, 1 run, shortish on off, eased down to long-on
7.5
0
Mujeeb to Rahul, no run, opens the bat face and punch-drives this flatter delivery to backward point
7.4
1
Mujeeb to Rayudu, 1 run, hint of late away turn, Rayudu gets inside the line and guides it to 45 before squeezing a quick single
7.3
1
Mujeeb to Rahul, 1 run, slaps a full toss to mid-off and sprints across in the blink of an eye. Excellent running from KL Rahul
7.2
0
Mujeeb to Rahul, no run, jumps out of his crease and pushes it back to the bowler
7.1
0
Mujeeb to Rahul, no run, punches this skiddy delivery to mid-on
6.6
0
Aftab Alam to Rayudu, no run, 133ks on off and middle, Rayudu opens the bat face and dinks into the off-side
6.5
4
Aftab Alam to Rayudu, FOUR, full and wide, Rayudu throws the kitchen sinks and gets the ball rocketing through covers. Save your legs
6.4
0
Aftab Alam to Rayudu, no run, beaten! Gets a good length delivery outside off and it straightens a touch to flirt past Rayudu's punching blade
6.3
4
Aftab Alam to Rayudu, FOUR, Rayudu rewinding T20 League 2018. Pitched full and in his slot, he bends his back knee slightly to get that momentum going and wham past mid-on
6.2
1
Aftab Alam to Rahul, 1 run, slower delivery outside off, Rahul hops and opens the bat face to guide it late down to third man
6.1
0
Aftab Alam to Rahul, no run, his back foot gets stuck inside the crease while trying to drive and as a result inside-edges the drive past the stumps. Close. Eerily close to shaving off peg

Guess what? Rayudu was a goner had Afghanistan decided to review that (5.2) Three reds. Only Shahzad was confident, but he didn't get any assistance from his colleagues

5.6
0
Mujeeb to Rayudu, no run, punched back to the bowler
5.5
0
Mujeeb to Rayudu, no run, blocked off the back foot
5.4
4
Mujeeb to Rayudu, FOUR, looped up above the eyes, but Rayudu jogs out to pick the flight and flash it wide of mid-off. No stopping that
5.3
1
Mujeeb to Rahul, 1 run, skates down and slaps the drive to the left of mid-off where Nabi throws himself to prevent the boundary
5.2
1
Mujeeb to Rayudu, 1 run, advances and tuck-drives (from very close to the pad) to mid-off before nabbing a quick single. Shahzad thinks it's pad first and it is, but Rayudu was too far down the pitch
5.1
0
Mujeeb to Rayudu, no run, touch short on off, punched to mid-on
4.6
1
Aftab Alam to Rayudu, 1 run, steps out and slogs this full toss to deep mid-wicket. Seems to have gotten hurried by the pace there
4.5
1
Aftab Alam to Rahul, 1 run, direct hit at the bowler's end, KL Rahul's home. Comfortably. Biffs the drive straight to mid-off and Asghar Afghan hits the bull's eye, no dice
4.4
0
Aftab Alam to Rahul, no run, opens the bat face slightly and drives the fullish delivery into the covers
4.3
0
Aftab Alam to Rahul, no run, once again its that skid off the pitch helping the bowler. Although it's 132ks, it kisses the pitch and zoots past Rahul slashing blade, he came racing down and got into a bit of a tangle
4.2
0
Aftab Alam to Rahul, no run, back to pace now, alters the seam position and gets it to grip off the pitch, Rahul tries to cut/steer and gets defeated by the extra bounce
4.1
1
Aftab Alam to Rayudu, 1 run, floats this full on off. The slower one, dips on and around off, Rayudu closes the bat face and drills it wide of mid-on
3.6
0
Mujeeb to Rahul, no run, this one spins away late, Rahul was playing for the other variation and thus, slices a thin leading edge on the flick into the covers
3.5
0
Mujeeb to Rahul, no run, bowls the googly on off, Rahul covers for the line and pushes it back
3.4
0
Mujeeb to Rahul, no run, crouches and blocks this skidder to off
3.3
0
Mujeeb to Rahul, no run, fuller and angling in on off, Rahul bends forward and flicks to mid-wicket
3.2
0
Mujeeb to Rahul, no run, forward and blocked
3.1
0
Mujeeb to Rahul, no run, tapped into the off-side
2.6
0
Aftab Alam to Rayudu, no run, fullish on off, Rayudu inside-halves the drive back to the bowler
2.5
0
Aftab Alam to Rayudu, no run, tries to show intent again and then realizes he could be cramped for room, arrests all the momentum and plonks it down the pitch
2.4
6
Aftab Alam to Rayudu, SIX, what am I talking? Not taking risks is it? Try telling that to Rayudu, the Guntur mirchi (google please) boy. Gallops down the pitch and carves this short delivery over sweeper cover. Bam!
2.3
0
Aftab Alam to Rayudu, no run, 132ks, bowls it in that tight channel outside off, Rayudu not prepared to take any risks at the moment. Bunted out
2.2
0
Aftab Alam to Rayudu, no run, gets it slightly fuller and closer to off, Rayudu unveils a straight bat in response

DK is padded up, going to bat at 3? Might be

2.1
1
Aftab Alam to Rahul, 1 run, short of length just outside off, Rahul pats it on its head and delicately guides to the left of backward point
1.6
0
Mujeeb to Rayudu, no run, nice half-stride forward to block out this quicker delivery into the off-side
1.5
1
Mujeeb to Rahul, 1 run, charges out and drives this straight to long-on
1.4
0
Mujeeb to Rahul, no run, shimmies out to an offbreak and inside-edges the drive onto his pad. That looked a bit iffy
1.3
1
Mujeeb to Rayudu, 1 run, short and spinning into Rayudu, he plants his back knee on the pitch and drags the pull backwards of square leg
1.2
0
Mujeeb to Rayudu, no run, driven firmly into the covers
1.1
0
Mujeeb to Rayudu, no run, high-arm, slides it in on middle and leg, Rayudu misses the flick, hits high on the pad and rolls to leg

One slip for Mujeeb

0.6
4
Aftab Alam to Rahul, leg byes, FOUR, make that three rubbish deliveries in a row. Down leg again and Rahul misses the flick by a whisker; no worries, it clips the pad and runs past the diving left hand of Shahzad
0.5
1
Aftab Alam to Rayudu, 1 run, looks to extract some seam movement but ends up sliding it on the pads, Rayudu swivels and pulls to the right of fine leg
0.4
1
Aftab Alam to Rahul, 1 run, drifting down leg, Rahul helps it to fine leg
0.3
0
Aftab Alam to Rahul, no run, zips a back of a length delivery around middle and off, Rahul taps with soft hands to leg
0.2
0
Aftab Alam to Rahul, no run, good length homing in on the stumps, tucked gently into the leg-side
0.1
4
Aftab Alam to Rahul, FOUR, and off I go echoes KL Rahul's willow. Short and wide, Rahul leaps up and slashes it between cover and point

Rahul and Rayudu are at the crease. Rahul is on strike. Aftab Alam will open the attack