Afghanistan-cricketer-Asghar-Stanikzai-plays-a-shot-during-the-fifth-match-of-the-Asia-Cup-one-day-cricket-tournament-between-Bangladesh-and-AfghanistanAfter another promising start by the Afghanistan top order, the middle order gave away their wickets to the Indian spinners and collapsed to a total of 159. Only opener Noor Ali showed some form of resistance at the top, scoring 31 runs before giving away his wicket to Ravindra Jadeja. The Afghani batsmen faced the seamers well and scored at a good pace against them, but once the spinners were introduced it was a downward spiral for them.

The condition of Afghanistan batsmen against spin was so bad that they lost 8 of their wickets to the spinners. Ravindra Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers who picked up 4/ 30 in his 10 overs. Afghanistan collapsed from 54/1 to 64/5 in a matter of 5 overs. They manage to reach the score of 159 only because of some lusty hitting by Samiullah Shenwari towards the end of innings. Samiullah Shenwari made a fighting half century, scoring 50 runs of 73 deliveries taking Afghanistan past 150.

All the three spinners bowled well for India and kept the Afghani batsmen in check. But sadly this performance comes a bit too late as the Indians are already out of the tournament after losing to Sri Lanka and Pakistan in two earlier games. Given the Indian batting this should be a walk away victory for the Indians, but all of us know that Afghanistan’s strength is their bowling. With some considerable amount of help from the wicket, this may turn out to be a tricky chase for the Indians.

Brief score: Afghanistan 159 all out. (Samiullah Shenwari 50, Noor Ali Zadran 31.  Ravindra Jadeja 4/30, Ravichandran Ashwin 3/31).