Much-changed India escape with a tie against Afghanistan

Brief scores: Afghanistan 252/8 (Mohammad Shahzad 124, Mohammad Nabi 64; Ravindra Jadeja 3/46, Kuldeep Yadav 2/38) tied with India 252/10 (KL Rahul 60, Ambati Rayudu 57, Dinesh Karthik 44; Nabi 2/40, Rashid Khan 2/41)

Statistical highlights

  • India were involved in an eighth ODI tie in their history, having been bowled out for 252 in 49.5 overs.
  • Deepak Chahar was handed his ODI debut, becoming the 223rd ODI player for India. He went on to register figures of 1/37 in an expensive four-over spell.
  • The biggest surprise was MS Dhoni captaining India in the absence of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, the captain and vice-captain for the tournament, who were among five first-choice players rested.
  • Mohammad Shahzad made his fifth ODI century, a 116-ball 124, which got Afghanistan off to a blistering start against an inexperienced Indian new-ball bowling attack. When he was out, miscuing a Kedar Jadhav delivery to Dinesh Karthik at long-on, he had contributed a whopping 68.88 per cent of the team’s runs at that point (180!).
  • Mohammad Nabi took over from Shahzad after he was out, finding the boundary regularly in the latter stages of the innings and thereby taking Afghanistan to a 250-plus total. In the process, he made his 12th ODI half-century, a 56-ball 64.
  • Set 253 for a win, India had KL Rahul and Ambati Rayudu provide the ideal start, putting together 110 for the first wicket. Ambati Rayudu was the enforcer in the partnership, making a 49-ball 57 which was punctuated by five fours and one six. This was his eighth ODI half-century.
  • Rahul took a bit of time to get going but showed his class with shots all around the dial. He made 60 off 66 balls before being trapped leg before by Rashid Khan. This was Rahul’s second ODI fifty.
  • Captaining India for the 200th time in ODIs and for the first time in 696 days (Dhoni last led India in an ODI on October 29, 2016), Dhoni recorded his fifth tied match as captain.

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