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Dhaka Tribune

India cruise to consolation win

Update : 05 Mar 2014, 04:19 PM

Afghanistan’s dream run in the Asia Cup ended with a rather humiliating eight-wicket defeat in their last match against India at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday. Meanwhile the win was just a consolation for team India who failed to reach the final of the tournament for the second consecutive time.

Playing for the first time in the Asia Cup Afghanistan impressed the whole world by their aggression and attitude by beating Bangladesh while they gave a tough time to the other two sides, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. However their inexperience finally showed yesterday.

The Indian spinners tied the Afghans to just 159 runs before the new opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane put on 121 runs to make the winning path easier.

Dhawan and Rahane also landed their fifties in the process before they both returned in the space of two runs.

Right-handed Rahane was dismissed after scoring 56 with the help of five fours. He was trapped leg before by Mirwais Ashraf before Afghan captain Mohammad Nabi bowled Dhawan for 60.

The double blow had no impact on India who were just 37 runs away from victory as Rohit Sharma (18) and Dinesh Karthik ensured the winning runs in 33 overs.

Batting was the main concern for Afghanistan and once again they faltered in front of the quality spin attack from the Indians. The openers added 30 in five overs before Nawroz Mangal (5) played on to hi stumps off Mohammad Shami.

Ravindra Jadeja struck twice in the 13th over to remove Rahmat Shah lbw and the dangerous looking Noor Ali Zadran (31) caught at first slip.

Jadeja, who was later adjudged man of the match, put the Afghans in more trouble by dismissing Asghar Stanikzai in his second over. Kohli dropped a dolly at slip of 20-year-old Najibullah Zadran off Jadeja before the left-handed skied Ashwin off his first delivery to mid-on.

Jadeja, who could consider him unlucky missing the five-for, had the Afghan skipper caught behind for six.

Afghans were in deep trouble at 83 for six before Mohammad Shahzad and Samiullah Shenwari put some fight up to help them reach a modest 159. Shahzad fancied his chances and struck two fours and a six off 24 balls to make 22 while Shenwari also made 50, with six fours and a six, before getting caught at fine-leg attempting a scoop.


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