Fans were expecting a dead rubber between India and Afghanistan but it turned out to be a thriller in the end. In MS Dhoni’s 200th ODI as captain, India were given a target of 251 by Afghanistan, thanks to Mohammad Shahzad’s scintillating 124 off just 116 deliveries. The Men in Blue started on a terrific note with half-centuries from both KL Rahul and Ambati Rayudu but soon they were in trouble after the wicket of Dinesh Karthik, who played a decent knock of 44.
Middle-order batsmen Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav failed to make an impact with their willow while MS Dhoni was a bit unlucky as he was involved in a wrong LBW decision by the umpire. All eyes were on Ravindra Jadeja when the team needed 7 to win in the last over. It was tough in front of Rashid Khan and the leggie did exactly the same by not allowing him to play freely. The game ended in a tie with Afghanistan won many hearts. This was the fifth occasion when the game culminated in a tie under the leadership of MS Dhoni. Here are the other four occasions:
India vs England 2011 World Cup
This thriller is one of the most remarkable ODI matches of all time. India started in a grand fashion with Sachin Tendulkar taking all the charge. He scored 10 fours and 5 sixes for his 120 and took the team’s total to a mammoth 338 runs in 50 overs. Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh were amongst the scorers as both scored half-centuries.
Nobody would have thought that England could score this much. Skipper Andrew Strauss took the responsibility on his shoulders and played a sensational knock of 158 runs. In the end, England were in need of 14 runs in the last over to pull off a historic victory but they just couldn’t finish it off. Munaf Patel was lucky enough not to give that extra run that could have spoiled every Indian’s night. Andrew Strauss won the Man of the Match for his brilliant knock.
India vs England at Lord’s in 2011
Another Indo-England encounter ended in a tie; this time at the Mecca of Cricket, Lord’s. India were asked to bat first by the hosts after winning the toss and the visitors made full use of it by scoring a decent total of 280 runs. Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni hammered almost every bowler during the death stage. The duo scored 84 and 78 respectively for their team.
England, led by Alastair Cook, struggled initially but their all-rounder Ravi Bopara took things to another level. He alongside Ian Bell added almost 100 runs for the fourth wicket and kept the game alive. Constant rain during the later stage forced the umpires to call off the game. The new target was 271 (D/L method) and England were 270/8 in 48.5 overs before Bopara and Swann got out on 2 consecutive deliveries, which resulted in a tie.
India vs Sri Lanka at Adelaide in 2012
It was yet another nail-biter in the captaincy of MS Dhoni that ended in a tie. This was the third tie within a period of 1 year under India’s most successful captain but this time the opposition was Sri Lanka and the stadium was Adelaide Oval. Sri Lanka could only manage to score 236 after batting first; giving India a chance to win the game easily but who thought that it’s going to be a close-affair.
Gautam Gambhir gave a good start to the side which later was carried by skipper Dhoni till the end. The southpaw scored a sensible 91 that set the platform for India but the interesting part came in the last over when the best death bowler was about to bowl to the best finisher (Malinga to Dhoni). It was a complete crunch till the last ball when 4 were needed, thanks to Dhoni who hammered away the ball towards the deep cover boundary and took 3 comfortably.
India vs New Zealand at Eden Park in 2014
There can’t be a better sight than a D/N match in New Zealand that ended in a tie. Indian fans would never forget this encounter where Ravindra Jadeja showed his class till the last ball. The hosts, after batting first, scored a phenomenal 314 with the help of Martin Guptill’s century.
On the other hand, India were 184/6 at one stage before Ravi Ashwin and Sir Jadeja surprised everyone with their willow. The off-spinner scored a 46-ball 65 to help India get out of the disaster. He went back to the pavilion when the team needed 41 runs only. The twist came in the last over when India needed 18 from 6 balls. Jadeja couldn’t do much in the first 3 deliveries but hammered a four and a six thereafter. He completed a single on the last ball to ensure a tie.