Rain disrupted the men’s final at the Asian Games, meaning only 18.2 overs were possible before play was abandoned. India were awarded the gold medal due to being the higher seeded team, in what proved to be an unfavorable end to a competitive tournament.
Arshdeep got his reward in the very next over, forcing Mohammad Shehzad to make room and having him caught-back. Shahzad was unhappy with this decision. His unhappiness was not entirely unwarranted, with replays later showing that the ball had touched his right bicep rather than the bat or glove.
Afghanistan suffered another blow due to the unnecessary run out of Noor Ali Zadran in the fourth over. He pulled the ball towards deep square leg, but was a little lazy in running, eventually falling inches short of his ground at the striker’s end in his attempt to complete the second run.
Shahidullah scored 49 runs from 43 balls, while Naib scored 27 runs from 24 balls, helping Afghanistan post a total of 112-5 before the rain came. Bishnoi was the best bowler for India, conceding only 12 runs and taking one wicket in his four overs. Arshdeep, Dubey and Shahbaz took one wicket each.