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Jadeja, Ashwin script easy win for India

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India bid adieu to the Asia Cup in style today, winning their dead rubber against Afghanistan by 8 wickets in a one-sided contest at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. Stand in skipper Virat Kohli won a rare toss and invited Afghanistan to have a bat. The rookies capitulated miserably against India's spin trio with Ravindra Jadeja running through the side, picking up 4-30 in 10 overs. He was well assisted by Ravichandran Ashwin and Amit Mishra, who had figures of 3-31 and 1-21 from their respective 10 over spells. Samiullah Shenwari batting at no.8 scored a battling half century for Afghanistan to add some respectability to the scorecard, though India really should have knocked over their opponents sooner had it not been for another poor catching effort.

India decided to push Ajinkya Rahane up the order to open the batting with Shikhar Dhawan, dropping Rohit Sharma down to no.3, and the move worked with the openers notching up a 121 run stand to ensure that the result was never in doubt. Rahane was dismissed for 56, getting the raw end of a leg before decision before Dhawan followed him back to the hutch in the very next over, falling to a spinner yet again, bowled for 60.

Dinesh Karthik came in at no.4 and was fortunate to survive a clear caught behind appeal, with everyone in the ground with the exception of Umpire Billy Bowden seemingly aware that India's reserve wicketkeeper-batsman had gloved the ball through to the keeper. India finally did get over the line in the 33rd over with Sharma ending unbeaten on 18 and Karthik chipping in with 21.

While India will no doubt be disappointed with their performance in the Asia Cup, in particular missing out on the final, there are some positives to take away from the tournament, perhaps the most crucial one being that India can accommodate three spinners in their side rather than sticking with 3 medium pacers, considering the amount of stick they usually get on the flat pitches of the sub-continent. Amit Mishra's form in particular will be a huge positive and India can well consider playing the leg spinner in the ICC World T20 that kicks off right here in Bangladesh later this month.

Mini Scorecard:

Afghanistan 159 all out (45.2 overs, 3.50rpo)

Samiullah Shenwari 50 (73) R Jadeja 4-30 (10)

Noor Ali Zadran 31 (35) R Ashwin 3-31 (10)

India 160-2 (32.2 overs, 4.94rpo)

S Dhawan 60 (78) Mirwais Ashraf 1-13 (3)

A Rahane 56 (66) Mohammad Nabi 1-23 (8)

India win by 8 wickets