rediff.com

NewsApp (Free)

Read news as it happens
Download NewsApp

Available on  

Rediff News  All News 
Rediff.com  » Cricket » Tie against India feels like a win, says Afghan skipper

Tie against India feels like a win, says Afghan skipper

Last updated on: September 26, 2018 12:30 IST

Afghanistan were already eliminated from the competition but appeared determined to make a statement against their neighbours, who have helped develop the game in the strife-torn nation, even offering two grounds to host 'home' matches.

'Overall as a team, Afghanistan cannot be seen as walkover. They're very competitive as a one-day and T20 side. They keep proving it over and over again'

Coach of IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad, Tom Moody feels Afghanistan could roll a few teams over at next year's ICC World Cup 

IMAGE: Coach of IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad, Tom Moody feels Afghanistan could roll a few teams over at next year's ICC World Cup. Photograph: ICC/Twitter

If there were any lingering doubts about Afghanistan's stature as one of the most mercurial sides in limited-overs cricket, Rashid Khan and Mohammad Shahzad dismissed them in style during Tuesday's epic Asia Cup tie against India.

Having secured their place in Friday's final, India fielded a weakened side for the dead rubber, resting skipper Rohit Sharma, and bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal.

 

Afghanistan were already eliminated from the competition but appeared determined to make a statement against their neighbours, who have helped develop the game in the strife-torn nation, even offering two grounds to host 'home' matches.

In the end, Asghar Afghan's team departed on a high note as spin-bowling talent Rashid sent down a brilliant final over to help pull off the 36th tie in one-day cricket history.

"When you tie with a team like India, it's like winning," skipper Afghan said after the thriller at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium as his side bowled India out with one ball to spare.

"They usually chase easily. It is good for the fans as well."

Shahzad was adjudged man of the match for his belligerent 124, which powered Afghanistan to 252 for eight.

Mohammad Nabi struck 64 off 56 balls late in the innings to prop Afghanistan to 252 

IMAGE: Mohammad Nabi struck 64 off 56 balls late in the innings to prop Afghanistan to 252. Photograph: ICC/Twitter

Opener Lokesh Rahul, who top-scored for India with a fluent 60 in his first match of the tournament, was not surprised by the growth he had observed in a side who became the 12th test playing nation in June.

"We've seen how much they improved as a team in the last couple of years," said Rahul, who shares the Kings XI Punjab dressing room with teenage Afghan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

"We've seen the likes of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb, (Mohammad) Nabi play in the IPL and perform... around the world for different franchises.

"Overall as a team, they cannot be seen as walkover. They're very competitive as a one-day and T20 side. They keep proving it over and over again," said Rahul, adding that the match would "stay in our memories for a long time".

Afghanistan beat Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the group stage but departed from the Super Four segment without a win despite featuring in three final-over thrillers.

"Once again @ACBofficials prove they are a force to be reckoned with, could've easily won 3 #AsiaCup matches," tweeted former Australia player Tom Moody, who coaches Rashid and Nabi at Sunrisers Hyderabad.

"Can't wait to see how many teams they roll in the #WorldCup next year!" Moody added.

Source:
© Copyright 2018 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Reuters content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters. Reuters shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.