Mohammad Shahzad (124) struck a brilliant century as Afghanistan posted a competitive 252/8 in 50 overs vs India in a Asia Cup 2018 Super Four match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday. Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan won the toss and elected to bat as MS Dhoni led India in Rohit Sharma's absence. This meant Dhoni captained India for the 200th time in ODIs. Mohammad Shahzad was the aggressor for Afghanistan as he played his natural game and sent the Indian bowlers on a leather hunt while Javed Ahmadi, his opening partner, struggled during his 30-ball stay in the middle. Ravindra Jadeja gave India the first breakthrough by dismissing Ahmadi for just 5. Following that, the Indian spinners struck thrice to put Afghanistan on the backfoot.
Meanwhile, Shahzad strung together a 50-run partnership with Gulbadin Naib and a 48-run partnership with Mohammad Nabi to steady the Afghan innings after early jolt. Shahzad played some wonderful shots during his stay in the middle as he brought up his 5th ODI hundred. The Afghan keeper continued the onslaught but was done in by a flighted Kedar Jadhav delivery. Mohammad Nabi kept the scoreboard ticking with singles and double and occasional boundaries as he motored Afghanistan towards a competitive total. However, Khaleel Ahmed ended Nabi's (64) stay in the middle. For India, Ravindra Jadeja (3/46) and Kuldeep Yadav (2/38) shared five wickets between them.