For skipper Asghar Afghan, the tie is just as good as a win.
For skipper Asghar Afghan, the tie is just as good as a win.

Afghanistan are bowing out of the 2018 Asia Cup drawing a blank in the Super Four stages, but they managed to give a solid fight to India – albeit a depleted one – and for skipper Asghar Afghan, the tie is just as good as a win.

“When you tie a match with a side like India, it’s just like a win,” said Afghan during the post-match presentation.

“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,” he said.

After posting a healthy 252 for eight, Afghanistan managed to stlife India and it’s inexperienced middle-order, thus negating the good start the openers KL Rahul and Ambati Rayudu had provided and Afghan credited his spinners to for their efforts.

“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,” he said. Rashid Khan, who bowled the last over held his nerves and picked up Ravindra Jadeja off the penultimate delivery to hand India’s their eight tied match in history.

Rashid returned 9.5-0-45-2, while Mohammad Nabi registered 10-0-40-2. Part-timer Javed Ahmadi claimed MS Dhoni giving away just 19 runs in his four overs, while Mujeeb ur Rahman was economical giving away 43 in his 10.

But, the foundation of this memorable match was set by opener Mohammad Shahzad who blasted his way to an 88-ball hundred, eventually ending up with 124 and Afghan gave credit where it’s due.

“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,” he added.