India made light work of minnows Afghanistan in their final game of the 2014 Asia Cup, bowing out with a consolation victory by eight wickets at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Bangladesh.
Afghanistan were sent in to bat by India at the toss and limped along to 159 all out in just over 45 overs.
The chase posed no problems, with Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane breaking the back of the total in good time, winning with a massive 106 balls to spare.
|Ali||c Kohli||b Jadeja||31||53||35|
|Stanikzai||c A Mishra||b Jadeja||5||8||7|
|N Zadran||c Sub||b Ashwin||5||20||14|
|Nabi||c Karthik||b Jadeja||6||23||20|
|Ashraf||c Kohli||b A Mishra||9||16||26|
|S Zadran||lbw||b Ashwin||1||19||13|
|Extras||0nb 12w 0b 2lb||14|
|Total||all out||159||(45.2 ovs)|
|Ro Sharma||not out||18||33||24|
|Extras||1nb 3w 0b 1lb||5|
|Total||for 2||160||(32.2 ovs)|
Afghanistan made history with their victory over Bangladesh earlier in the tournament, but it was a different challenge altogether against the world champions.
Spin proved crucial, as the trio of Ravindra Jadeja, Ravi Ashwin and Amit Mishra strangled the life out of the innings.
Their solid start, reaching 54-1 in 12 overs, suddenly collapsed to 64-5 just 30 balls later.
Although there was some resistance—Samiullah Shenwari made 50 further down the order to prop up the total—the damage had been done.
The score was well below par, as India's batting made abundantly clear.
Rahane and Dhawan both scored half-centuries, impressing against spin and seam alike until Rahane fell to Mirwais Ashraf for 56.
Dhawan departed soon after for 60, bowled by Mohammad Nabi, but that simply left Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik to finish the job.