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23:49   Karthik, Jadhav steady India


India 190-4 (35 ovs) vs Afg 252-8 | Scorecard

Part-timer Ahmadi comes back for a second spell. Karthik and Kedar Jadhav do well to pick the spinner for five singles in the 32nd over.

Rashid comes back as Afghanistan look for a wicket or two to put themselves in control.

Karthik is watchful against the leg-spinner, playing with caution with four dot balls in a row with a wide in between before he pulls the fifth ball to deep midwicket and Jadhav turns the last ball to square leg for one.

Mujeeb, who has five overs in hand, is called back into the attack. He starts off with a wide before Jadhav gets a single on the leg side and Karthik picks one off the fifth ball to deep point.

Jadhav taps Rashid carefully on the off-side for one and Karthik steers the fifth ball fine on the off-side for a four and pulls the last ball to long-on for one.
23:31   Pandey falls for 8, India 4 down


India 172-4 (31 ovs) vs Afg 252-8 | Scorecard

Pacer Alam bowls a high full toss to Karthik who turns it on the leg side for one. Manish Pandey is unable to make most of the free hit delivery as he offers no shot to a wide one which is inside the tramlines and ends up in a dot delivery.

The struggling Pandey then plays a loose shot away from his body and is caught behind for eight to leave India in a spot of bother on 166 for four in the 31st over.

Kedar Jadhav is nearly done in by a quick yorker as he gets it off the toe end of the bat for a four. He turns the next ball through square leg for two runs and then is beaten by a slower bouncer.
23:22   Dhoni out for 8 but India in control


India 164-3 (30 ovs) vs Afg 252-8 | Scorecard

Karthik looks to loft leggie Rahman but it goes on the bounce to long-off for a single.

He drives the fifth ball through the covers for two runs before he slog sweeps the last ball past midwicket for four to take India past the 250-run mark, in the 27th over.

In the next over, Karthik swings a full toss from Ahmadi over midwicket for another boundary to keep the scoreboard ticking.

Medium pacer Alam comes back into the attack and he does well to give away just two singles in his fifth over.

Nabi back from the other end as the part-timers are taken off. He beats Manish Pandey with the first ball which turns into the right-hander and also goes through the keeper for three runs.

A single to Karthik off the fourth ball as India reach 164 for three in 30 overs, needing another 89 runs from 20 overs for victory with seven wickets in hand.

Karthik has stroked his way to 26 from 36 balls, while Pandey has made eight.
23:06   Dhoni out for 8; India 3 down


India 143-3 (26 ovs) vs Afg 252-8 | Scorecard

Nabi has a huge appeal for LBW turned down against Dhoni, who shuffles across and looks to clip it on the leg side but the umpire rejects the appeal as the batsman picks a leg bye.

Karthik clips the next ball with soft hands towards midwicket and rushes back for the second run.

Rashid sends down another tidy over, giving away just three runs for a total of 15 runs in four overs.

Off-spinner Javed Ahmadi into the attack in place of Nabi, who took one for 28 in six overs in his first spell.

Dhoni punches the first ball to long-on for one and Karthik hits the next ball to sweeper cover for another single followed by three more off the last ball three balls to make it five from the over.

Part-time spinners from both ends as leggie Rahmat Shah comes in from the other end. He starts off well as Dhoni takes a single from the first ball before Karthik plays out the rest of the over.

Ahmadi makes the important breakthrough with the key wicket of the experienced Dhoni, who is given out leg before wicket for eight.

He would have certainly used a review if there was one in hand but Rahul has already used up the one and only review available.

And interestingly, if there was a review the decision would have gone in Dhoni's favour as the ball was going down and missing the leg stump.

An unlucky dismissal for Dhoni as the wicket gives Afghanistan some hope.
22:44   Rahul out for 60; India lose 2nd wicket


India 128-2 (21 ovs) vs Afg 252-8 | Scorecard

Rashid beats Rahul with a beauty, which turns enough to beat the bat as wicketkeeper Shahzad whips off the bails in a flash and appeals for stumping. It is referred upstairs but Rahul has managed to keep his feet inside the crease and survives the appeal.

He tries to reverse sweep the next ball but misses and hit on the pads as the umpire rules it out leg before wicket.

Rahul after consultation with Karthik decides to take the DRS. But that looks plumb in front and the review also goes against him.

Rahul walks back for a sparkling 60 from 66 balls as India are reduced to 127 for two in the 21st over.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni gets off the mark with a single to long-on
22:39   Rahul's fifty puts India in control


India 127-1 (20 ovs) vs Afg 252-8 | Scorecard

Karthik looking to get off strike with a single but Rashid bowls on a tight line and length to keep the right-hander quiet.

However, he spoils the over with a poor last ball as he drops it short and Karthik pulls it through midwicket for a four.

In the next over, Rahul uses the reverse sweep to good effect, hitting Nabi fine on the off-side for a four.

He is nearly done in by Nabi as he chips down the track trying for a big hit but is beaten in the flight and gets a thick inside edge which narrowly misses the stumps to get him three runs.

India in control on 127 for one in 20 overs, with another 126 needed for victory in 30 overs.

KL Rahul has stroked his way to a brilliant 60 from 63 balls, while Karthik has made six.
22:32   Rayudu out for 57; India lose 1st wicket


India 114-1 (18 ovs) vs Afg 252-8 | Scorecard

Rahul taps Nabi on the off-side for a single to take India past the 100-run mark, in the 16th over.

Rayudu turns the next ball on the leg side for one to race to his fifty from 43 balls, having hit three fours and four sixes.

Leg-spinner Rashid Khan comes into the attack but no stopping Rayudu, who slog sweeps the third ball for a four over midwicket.

But Nabi makes the breakthrough in the next over with the wicket of Rayudu. He looks to hit a straight six but fails to get enough power and is caught at long-on for 57.

Rahul, who crossed over while the catch was taken, clips the next ball from Nabi on the leg side to complete his fifty from 55 balls.

Dinesh Karthik, at No. 3, gets off the mark with a single before Rahul slaps the last ball straight down the ground for two runs.
22:16   Openers Rahul, Rayudu put India in control


India 99-0 (15 ovs) vs Afg 252-8 | Scorecard

The field has spread around as Rahul and Rayudu collect easy singles off Naib before the latter hammers the fast bowler back over his head for a six.

Off-spinner Mohammad Nabi comes into the attack as Rashid Khan, who is struggling with an injury, is yet to have a bowl.

Nabi makes a tidy start as he gives away just three singles in his first over and Naib follows it up with four runs from the next over.

The singles are coming at a pretty good rate with the field spread around. Rahul comes down the track and chips Nabi over midwicket for two runs and then takes one to sweeper cover to easily collect six runs from the 14th over.

The two openers are running away with the match. Rahul plays a beautiful lofted straight drive off Naib for a boundary and then takes one on the leg side.

Rayudu swings the last ball over midwicket for a six as India reach 99 for no loss in 15 overs.

21:56   Rahul, Rayudu give India a flying start


India 64-0 (10 ovs) vs Afg 252-8 | Scorecard

Rayudu looking to take charge as he lofts a full delivery from Alam over midwicket for a four. Two balls later he comes makes room before slashing it through the covers for another boundary.

Mujeeb keeps things tight from his end as he gives away just three singles from his fourth over.

A change in the bowling as pacer Gulbadin Naib comes into the attack, replacing Alam.

The first ball is pitched right up as Rahul clips it through midwicket for a four. Naib then overpitches as the opener drills it through the covers for another boundary before taking single.

Rayudu not wanting to be left behind as he comes down the track and clubs the fast bowler over long-on for a six to get 15 runs from the over.

In the next over, Rahul makes room before he plays the inside out lofted shot against Mujeeb for a six over the off-side.

He comes down and flicks the spinner over midwicket for three runs as India race to 64 for no loss in 10 overs, with both openers are batting on 30 each.
21:37   India off to a good start after Afghanistan post 252


India 28-0 (6 ovs) vs Afg 252-8 | Scorecard

Mujeeb bowling a tight line and length, not giving Rahul anything to work with as he bowls a maiden over to the India opener.

In the next over, Rayudu clips pacer Alam on the leg side for one. Rahul is beaten as he looks to play the cut shot which moves away slightly.

He throws his bat at the next delivery, trying to play a similar shot but is beaten again as Afghanistan appeal for caught behind which is turned down.

Rahul takes a quick single off the fifth ball and Rayudu takes one off the last ball of the over.

Mujeeb has a huge appeal for leg before turned down against Rayudu, who had come down the track. The umpire gives it runs but it was pad first and Afghanistan also decide against the review. Infact, if they had taken the DRS, they would have got the wicket as Rayudu was struck in line and the ball was going on to strike the stumps.

Rahul comes down and drives Mujeeb through the covers but Nabi at mid-off dives full length to his left to save some runs. Rayudu comes down and he makes good connection to smash it in the gap through the covers for a four.
21:27   India off to a good start after Afghanistan post 252


India 19-0 (3 ovs) vs Afg 252-8 | Scorecard

India have a new opening pair in KL Rahul and Ambati Rayudu, who have a good opportunity to prove their mettle.

Rahul starts on the right note as he begins the innings with a four, cutting a short ball from Aftab Alam square on the off-side.

He defends the next two balls before taking one on the leg side and Rayudu takes another single off the next to get off the mark.

The last ball is down the leg side as Rahul misses the glance but it hits the pads and goes fine for four leg byes as 10 come from the first over.

Spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman to open the bowling from the other end. A single each to Rayudu and Rahul as Mujeeb makes a tidy start.

Rayudu makes most of some width from Alam as he slashes the fast bowler over the off-side for a six.

20:38   Shahzad's century lifts Afghanistan to 252


Afg 252-8 (50 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Mohammad Shahzad slammed an entertaining century to lift Afghanistan to 252 for eight against India in the Super Four match in the Asia Cup on Tuesday.

Shahzad, who was dropped on 49, blasted 124 from 116 balls, having hit 11 fours and seven sixes to keep Afghanistan afloat after they were reduced to 82 for four at one stage.

Mohammad Nabi provided the final flourish with a quickfire 64 from 56 balls, with the help of three fours and four sixes.

For India, the spinners excelled with the ball as Kuldeep Yadav registered wonderful figures of two for 38, while Ravindra Jadeja claimed three for 46.

Earlier, Afghanistan won the toss and opted to bat against India, who were captained by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, after regular skipper Rohit Sharma was given a rest.

This is Dhoni's 200th ODI as captain.

The in-form Shikhar Dhawan was also given a break along with Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah as India gave all their players a game ahead of the final.

Pacer Deepak Chahar made his ODI debut, while KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Siddharth Kaul and Khaleel Ahmed also came into the playing XI.
20:36   Shahzad's century lifts Afghanistan to 252


Afg 252-8 (50 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Khaleel comes back and he strikes with the wicket of Nabi, who mishits the slower ball and caught for a quickfire 64 from 56 balls.

Infact, Kuldeep clashed with Karthik at mid-off as both went for the catch but the former was able to hang on.

Rashid picks a single off the fourth ball before Aftab Alam blocks the last two balls.

A good over from Khaleel, who concedes just two runs while taking the key wicket of Nabi.

Rashid suffering from some injury as the physio comes out to attend. Kaul bowls a good yorker as Rashid digs it out on the off-side but turns down the single before taking one off the next.

Kaul firing in the yorkers as Alam keeps out another yorker before he digs out the next to long-off for one.

Five yorkers in a row as Rashid drives it to long-on for another single before Alam misses out on a full toss as just three come from the penultimate over.

Khaleel starts the final over with a slower ball which Rashid chips to long-on for just a single.

A single to Alam off the next bring up Afghanistan's 250 in the final over.

Rashid picks up two runs from the fourth ball on the leg side but is unable to get a run off the last two balls as he also looks hampered by some injury.
20:21   Jadeja bags 3rd wicket; Afghanistan 7 down


Afg 243-7 (47 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Kuldeep concedes just two singles in his final over to register wonderful figures of two for 38 in 10 overs.

Nabi on the charge as he clubs a length delivery from Kaul over midwicket for a six.

The next ball is a low full toss which is drilled to sweeper cover for one and Rashid picks one to long-on.

Nabi gets two runs off the next delivery courtesy of overthrow from Karthik before taking one to long-on.

Rashid inside edges a full toss for another run off the last ball as the over goes for 12 runs.
20:14   Jadeja bags 3rd wicket; Afghanistan 7 down


Afg 228-7 (45 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Jadeja makes the breakthrough with the wicket of Zadran, who attempts the reverse but misses and hit on the pads to be ruled out leg before wicket.

He takes the review but the impact is in line and the ball is going on to hit the stumps which means the decision stays.

Jadeja bags his third wicket as Zadran is dismissed leg before wicket for 20.

He nearly claims another wicket two balls as Rashid Khan is beaten all ends up by one which turns quite a bit. Rashid tries to cut the next ball but misses again before he strokes the fifth ball through the covers for two runs to get off the mark.

Jadeja among the wickets again as he finishes with three for 46 in 10 overs.
20:06   Nabi hits fifty to boost Afghanistan


Afg 226-6 (44 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Jadeja comes back from the other end. Zadran flicks the third ball through midwicket for two runs and then takes a single.

Jadeja drops short and wide as Nabi slashes the last ball through point for a four to take his score to 49.

In the next over, Nabi sweeps Kuldeep fine on the leg side for two runs to race to his fifty from 45 balls.

Afghanistan are well placed for a score around the 260-270 mark as they reach 226 for six in 44 overs, with two well set batsmen out in the middle.
19:59   Shahzad out for 124; Afghanistan 6 down


Afg 213-6 (42 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Khaleel comes back as Najibullah Zadran gets off the mark with a single before Nabi does the same next ball.

Zadran slaps the fifth ball past point for two runs to get four from the over.

Kuldeep, who has four overs in hand, comes back into the attack. Nabi tries to sweep the first ball and misses but the leg before shout is turned down.

He sweeps the third ball for a single before Zadran reverse sweeps the next ball as Khaleel at point misfields to give away a four as Afghanistan reach 189 for six in 40 overs.

In the next over, Nabi slaps a half-volley from Khaleel through the covers for a four to get seven from the over.

Nabi keeping the runs coming as he misses the reverse against Kuldeep which goes down the leg side for three runs.

Zadran connects with the reverse next ball for three more runs before Nabi heaves the spinner wide of long-on for a six and then takes one to race to 44 from 41 balls.

Zadran powerfully sweeps the last ball behind square on the leg side for another four as Kuldeep goes for 17 in the over.
19:45   Shahzad out for 124; Afghanistan 6 down


Afg 180-6 (38 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

With Shahzad having gone quiet in the last few overs, Nabi decides to break the shackles as he gives pacer Kaul the charge and pulls him over midwicket for a six.

In the next over, Shahzad makes room and lofts Jadhav over the covers for a four. He then tries the helicopter but fails to make proper connection before taking one off the last ball to keep strike.

Nabi dealing in sixes as he lofts a full delivery from Kaul over long-on for another maximum, his second, to race to 25 from as many balls.

A tired Shahzad finally perishes as he attempts a big hit against Jadhav but only manages to sky it high and is caught by Karthik at long-off.

He walks back to a huge cheer after an entertaining innings of 124 from 116 balls, having hit 11 fours and seven sixes.
19:25   Shahzad's century lifts Afghanistan


Afg 154-5 (34 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Jadhav comes back into the attack as Afghanistan get three runs from the spinner's third over.

Chahar continues to suffer as Shahzad swings the pacer powerfully over midwicket for a six.

Shahzad another swing a few balls later but is foxed by the slower ball and suffers a painful blow on the body.

Mohammad Nabi will need to hold one end up and give Shahzad some support. So far, Shahzad has scored 114 out of Afghanistan's 146 for five in 32 overs. He will need more support from the other end if they are to cross the 200-run mark.

Jadhav bowls another tidy over, giving away just two singles in his fourth over.

Siddharth Kaul comes back into the attack. He starts with a slower ball which he loses control of to give away a wide. Shahzad hits the next ball through the off-side for a single and Nabi pulls a short ball to deep midwicket for another run.

In the next over, Nabi sweeps Jadhav for a four to take Afghanistan past 150, in the 34th over.
19:10   Naib out for 15; Afghanistan 5 down


Afg 133-5 (29 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Pacer Kaul comes back in place of Kuldeep. He tries a bouncer as Naib goes for the pull but gets it off the gloves, fine on the leg side for a four.

That is the first boundary hit by a Afghanistan player other than Shahzad in this innings, who has hit nine fours and six sixes so far.

After spending some time away from the strike, Shahzad finally gets back on strike. He is content to take the single as he steers Jadeja to short thirdman and attempts a run but is sent back before he takes one into the covers for a single as he has to sprint to make his crease and take his score to 98.

Kaul tries a short ball to Shahzad who sways out of the way before he takes another single on the off-side to move to 99.

In the next over, Shahzad glances Chahar fine on the leg side for a four to race to his century from 88 balls, having hit 10 fours and six sixes.

Some relief for Chahar on his debut after a horror start as he claims the wicket of Naib, who chips it straight into the hands of Jadhav at deep midwicket to perish for 15.
18:45   Shahzad's blast lifts Afghanistan


Afg 117-4 (25 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Khaleel comes back into the attack. He starts with a short ball which Shahzad pulls over midwicket for a six to race into the 90s.

The next ball is slightly up as Shahzad has a poke and is beaten outside the off-stump.

Shahzad swings again as he targets the midwicket but is beaten as wicketkeeper Dhoni appeals for caught behind which the umpire gives out.

He goes for the review and rightly so as the ball flicked the right shoulder before going through to the wicketkeeper and Shahzad gets another lifeline.

Khaleel runs the fourth ball down to thirdman for a single before Naib defends the rest of the over.

Shahzad giving Kuldeep utmost respect as he taps the spinner's first delivery on the off-side for a single before Naib plays five dot balls in a row.

Shahzad has given up on his strokeplay as he looks for the ones and twos to ensure he brings up his century.

Shahzad watchfully tucks Khaleel on the leg side for one before Naib picks one off the last ball.

Naib playing a lot of of dot balls, scoring just four from 24 balls before he loses patience and plays a risky sweep shot which goes uppishly to deep square leg for one.

Kuldeep has been wonderful with the ball, giving away just eight runs from his six overs, while taking two wickets.

Jadeja comes back as he gives away three runs with Afghanistan reaching 117 for four in 25 overs, with Shahzad stroking his way to 97 from 83 balls, and Naib on seven from 30 balls.
18:32   Shahzad's blast takes Afghanistan past 100


Afg 103-4 (20 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Shahzad cuts a short ball from Jadeja through point for two runs before he swings the next ball but fails to make proper connection for a single to deep midwicket.

Naib gets off the mark with a single followed by a wide before Shahzad again for the slog sweep but again only for one to deep midwicket.

Shahzad is tiring out and looking to play the big shots. This time he lofts Kuldeep down the ground but can't get enough power for just a single to long-on.

Kuldeep has put a lid on the scoring, giving away just three runs in his over, while picking up two wickets.

Shahzad shuffles across the stumps and hits a full toss from Jadeja past fine leg for a four. He slog sweeps the next ball and makes good connection for a huge six over midwicket.

He again shuffles across and attempts to paddle but is beaten as the LBW appeal is turned down.

Jadeja floats one up and gets some turn as Shahzad has another swing and miss before he gently taps the last ball, a full toss, to long-on for a single to keep strike and bring up Afghanistan's 100, in the 19th over.

No taking chances against Kuldeep as Shahzad watchfully defends against the chinaman spinner. Three dot balls in a row before he clips the fourth to deep midwicket for one.

Naib looks to loft the last ball down the ground as it goes towards mid-off where Dinesh Karthik puts in the dive to his left but is unable to get to the catch.
18:14   Kuldeep claims 2nd wicket; Afghanistan 4 down


Afg 82-4 (16 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Kuldeep comes back as he takes over from Jadhav. A single for Shahzad off the first ball before Kuldeep gets the wicket of Hasmatullah Shahidi for a duck.

The left-hander is drawn forward by a pitched up delivery which turns enough to beat the bat and Dhoni completes an easy stumping.

Three wickets for 17 runs in the space of 16 deliveries as Afghanistan slip to 82 for three, in the 16th over, with Shahzad going strong on 70 from 56 balls.

Kuldeep picks up another wicket with the next delivery as Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan is bowled through the gate for a first ball duck.

Kuldeep on a hat-trick!

Gulbadin Naib avoids the hat-trick as he watchfully defends the last three balls.
18:05   Jadeja strikes again; Afghanistan 2 down


Afg 81-2 (15 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Shahzad continues his aggressive approach as he gives Jadhav the charge and hits him through the covers for two runs. He slams the next ball back over the bowler's head for a six. He miscues the next ball but it falls safely on the off-side.

In the next over, Shahzad swings Jadeja over the leg side for a four and then takes one.

Jadeja strikes again with the wicket of Rahmat, who plays all over a straight delivery and is bowled for three.
18:03   Jadeja strikes; Afghanistan lose 1st wicket


Afg 67-1 (13 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Spin from both ends as Kuldeep Yadav comes into the attack. Ahmadi defends the first two balls before he sweeps the third to fine leg for one.

Shahzad has a huge swipe against Kuldeep but is beaten by one that turns away to beat the right-hander.

Change in the bowling as Kedar Jadhav comes into the attack in place of Jadeja, who bowled two overs for six runs. The part-timer makes a tidy start as he gives away just a single in his first over.

Interesting as Kuldeep is taken off after just one over and he makes way for Jadeja.

He makes the breakthrough with the wicket of Ahmadi, who is stumped by Dhoni after a struggling knock of five from 30 balls.

Rahmat Shah gets off the mark with two runs off the last ball of the over.
17:46   Shahzad slams 37-ball fifty; Afghanistan off to a flier


Afg 63-0 (10 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

No stopping Shahzad as he pulls a short ball from Kaul over midwicket for a boundary.

The next ball is pitched up and Shahzad has no problems despatching it over the covers for another boundary to race to 49.

Shahzad smashes the fifth ball powerfully looking to lift over mid-off but can't get enough elevation. However, Ambati Rayudu puts down a simple catch as Shahzad picks up a single to race to his fifty, from 37 balls.

Shahzad goes after Jadeja as he sweeps the spinner over long-on for a six. He makes room and tries to hit the left-armer through the off-side but can't find the gap.

A good comeback from Jadeja after the first ball six as he follows it up with five dot balls in a row.

Afghanistan are off to a flying start as they race to 63 for no loss in 10 overs with Shahzad playing an entertaining innings of 56 from 43 balls, while Ahmadi has been a spectator from the other end with three from 18 balls.
17:39   Shahzad gives Afghanistan a flying start


Afg 48-0 (8 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Left-armer Khaleel does well to follow Chahar's horror over with a maiden over, as Ahmadi looks to play with caution and not trying anything with Shahzad on the attack from the other end.

A change in the bowling as Siddharth Kaul comes in for Chahar, who bowled two overs for 24 runs.

Shahzad tries to hit the first two balls through the off-side but can't find the gap before he smashes the third ball through the covers for a four and keeps strike with a single from the last ball.

Shahzad in the mood as he goes after Khaleel, smashing the left-armer back over his head for a straight six!

He swings again at the next ball but this time Khaleel deceives him with the change of pace as Shahzad plays and misses.

Khaleel bowls a good bouncer to Shahzad, targetting the right-hander's body who does well to sway out of the way.

He punches the next ball past point as Jadeja does well to sprint after the next ball and returns the ball quickly to keep it down to two.

The last ball is a bouncer as Shahzad goes for the pull but is beaten.

Spin introduced as Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack. Ahmadi throws his bat at a wide one and is beaten and again a couple of balls later as Jadeja gets some turn.

A good start from Jadeja as he begins his spell with a maiden.

Afghanistan have raced to 48 for no loss in eight overs, with Shahzad on 41 from 32 balls and Ahmadi on three from 17 balls.
17:21   Shahzad gives Afghanistan a flying start


Afg 35-0 (4 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Shahzad looks keen to attack as he hammers the first ball of Khaleel's second over for a boundary through mid-on before he takes a single two balls later.

Javed Ahmadi finally gets strike, in the third over, and he starts off by playing three dot balls in a row.

He gets off the mark in the next over as he clips Chahar through the leg side for two runs and then takes one.

Chahar bowls a high toss to Shahzad which is ruled a no-ball for height. The free hit delivery is a poor delivery as Chahar tries the slower bouncer but it goes way over the batsman's head and is called a no-ball.

The next ball is another slower bouncer which goes wrong and is called a wide.

Chahar finally gets it right as he bowls it full but Shahzad gets it right too as he hammers it over long-on for a six.

The last ball is pulled over midwicket for a four as Chahar gives away 17 in is second over.
17:10   Rohit rested, Dhoni to lead India; Afghanistan opt to bat


Afg 13-0 (2 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed to open the bowling for India. Mohammad Shahzad defends the first two balls before he bowls a wide down the leg side.

Shahzad then plays a nothing shot as he looks to hit the ball through the off-side but looks to pull out of the shot and eventually ends up edging it in the gap between the wicketkeeper and the slip fielder for a four to get Afghanistan off the mark.

He keeps strike with a single off the last ball to the fine leg region.

Debutant Deepak Chahar to bowl from the other end. Shahzad watchfully defends the first three balls before he smashes the fourth ball through the off-side for a four. He flicks the last ball through midwicket and the bulky opener rushes across for the third run to retain strike.
16:50   Rohit rested, Dhoni to lead India; Afghanistan opt to bat


Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan has won the toss and elected to bat against India in the inconsequential Super Four match in the Asia Cup in Dubai on Tuesday.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been named as India's captain with regular skipper Rohit Sharma given a rest. This is Dhoni's 200th ODI as captain.

The in-form Shikhar Dhawan has also been given a break along with pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah as India look to give all their players a game ahead of the final.

Pacer Deepak Chahar will make his ODI debut, while KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Siddharth Kaul and Khaleel Ahmed also come into the playing XI.
16:50   Rohit rested; Dhoni to lead India; Afghanistan opt to bat
Check out the playing XIs of the two teams:

India:
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain, w/k), KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Siddarth Kaul, Kuldeep Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed.

Afghanistan:
Asghar Afghan (captain), Mohammad Shahzad (w/k), Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Gulbadin Naib, Aftab Alam, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
16:21   Asia Cup: India aim to test middle-order against Afghanistan
The Indian cricket team will hope that its untested middle-order gets some game time ahead of the final when it takes on an ever-improving Afghanistan in the Super Four encounter of the Asia Cup in Dubai on Tuesday. 

India have been on a roll after an unimpressive start against Hong Kong, with couple of one-sided victories over arch-rivals Pakistan and an equally facile one against Bangladesh.

With a spot in Friday's final sealed following their Sunday's win against Pakistan, captain Rohit Sharma may want some of his untested middle-order batsmen to get quality time in the middle against someone of Rashid Khan's calibre.

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