first_imgThe Super Four clash between India and Afghanistan could not produce a winner even after 100 overs but in the end it was the game of cricket which actually won.In the moment of intense competition, even as the match went down to the wire – the players were seen helping upholding the spirit of cricket.In a dead rubber amongst being played at the Dubai International Stadium on Tuesday and intense cricket, the spirit of gentleman’s game shone through.India vs Afghanistan: HIGHLIGHTS | AS IT HAPPENED | REPORTIndia’s Dinesh Karthik was spotted tying the shoelaces of Afghanistan wicket-keeper Mohammad Shahzad. Shahzad went on to score a hundred, his first against a top-10 ranked side and fifth overall. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who captained Team India for the 200th time in ODIs, also helped Najibullah Zadran when the later was seen irritated with something that went into his eye.READ – Young India fan fails to hold back tears after tie against AfghanistanBut it wasn’t just in this match, the spirit of cricket has been on show in previous games as well, with India leading from the front in this respect.Yuzvendra Chahal was seen tying the shoelaces of Pakistan player Usman Khan during the first high-profile contest between the two teams in the group stage.READ – We could have lost, tie not a bad result: MS DhoniadvertisementAnd in India’s opening match as well, after beating Hong Kong in a humdinger, the Men in Blue spent some time clicking pictures and sharing some tips with the Hong Kong players inside the Indian dressing room.Dressing Room : #TeamIndia’s heart-warming gesture.After a hard-fought game, #TeamIndia visited Hong Kong’s dressing room and met the promising cricketers, posed for pictures and shared their knowledge – by @28anand.Full video here – (@BCCI) September 19, 2018As for the match on Tuesday, chasing a competitive 253, defending champions India got off to a flier from the new opening pair of KL Rahul (60 off 66 balls, 5 fours and one six) and Ambati Rayudu (57 off 49, 4fours and 6 sixes) before a mini collapse, coupled with a few run-outs and umpiring errors, eventually resulted in the tie.Needing 7 off the final over, Ravindra Jadeja (25 off 34, one four) struck a boundary on the second ball off leg-spinner Rashid Khan before taking two singles with last man Khaleel Ahmed for company.With 1 needed off the final two balls, Jadeja pulled the fifth delivery — a shorter one towards midwicket only to find Najibullah running in from deep to grab it with both hands and help Afghanistan bow out of the tournament with their heads held high.India, who had already qualified for the final, will face the winner between Pakistan and Bangladesh.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more