NewDelhi – India's final Super Four match against Afghanistan was probably the most exciting ODI played in the Asia Cup 2018 till now but it was a young fan who stole the limelight after he was seen weeping following the result.
The game got over with Rashid Khan dismissing Ravindra Jadeja off the penultimate ball as India got bowled out for 252, the same score Afghanistan had made batting first in an inconsequential match in Dubai.
As Afghanistan players started celebrating, cameras turned towards the stands to capture the reactions of the fans. Among them was a little kid wearing the Indian jersey, who couldn't hold back his tears even as his father tried his best to console him.
ndia off-spinner Harbhajan Singh even tweeted a picture of the crying child and offered support by saying, "Koi na putt Rona Nahi hai final aapa jittange (Don't cry child, we will win the final)."
The kid's father, identified as Amarpreet Singh, replied to Bhajji's tweet thanking the cricketer for his support. Amarpreet also revealed in his tweet that India fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave him a call and spoke with his son Arjan.
"Paaji he is happy now and looking forward to the final on Friday… Really kind of @BhuviOfficial as well to call and console him… We will surely bounce back and it will be our "Fateh" on Friday.. Go Team India," Amarpreet Singh replied.
Arjan's day was made even more special by Afghanistan players Rashid Khan and Mohammad Shahzad, who clicked pictures with the kid after the game.
India and Afghanistan played out a thrilling tie with both teams ending up with 252 runs each. Shahzad's heroic hundred, Rashid's sensational final over and Ravindra Jadeja's steely 25, the match had it all.
Rashid Khan had seven runs to defend in the last over, Jadeja hit a boundary off the second delivery of the over. While it looked like the ball had hit the ropes, the third umpire ruled it as four runs.
India then needed 3 runs off 4 deliveries. Rashid bowled a beautiful delivery and Jadeja went for a single to leave Khaleel facing Rashid with 2 runs left off 3 balls.
Khaleel Ahmed edged the ball and almost got himself hit-wicket but managed to sneak a single to get Jadeja back on strike. With a run needed off two deliveries, Rashid bowled a short ball and Jadeja mistimed the shot to send the ball straight into the hands of the only fielder in the deep. And the match ended in a tie.
India will now face Bangladesh in the final on Friday (28 September) after the latter crushed Pakistan by 37 runs in the final Super Four match on Wednesday.