MIRPUR — India finished their Asia Cup 2014 campaign with a clinical eight-wicket victory over Afghanistan at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur in Bangladesh. It was nothing but a consolatory victory as India are all but out of the competition after Pakistan beat Bangladesh on Tuesday. On the other hand, Afghanistan were playing for pride and one can say that they have won some respect during this tournament.
Shikhar Dhawan (60 off 78 balls) has registered his seventh fifty in ODIs – his sixth in a winning cause. – Dhawan is the leading run-getter for India in the Asia Cup 2013-14, aggregating 192 at an average of 48.00, including two fifties. – India have won 26 and lost 16 out of 43 ODIs contested at the Asia Cup (NR 1) – success % 61.90
Ajinkya Rahane (56 off 66 balls) has recorded his second fifty at the Asia Cup – his fifth in ODIs. Rahane`s aforesaid knock is his second fifty as an opener in ODIs. His career-best 91 against England at Mohali on October 20, 2011 was also as an opener.
Rahane has recorded two fifty-plus innings in an ODI series for the first time. He has posted three fifties in five innings under Virat Kohli`s captaincy. Rahane and Dhawan were associated in a stand of 121.the first century partnership for any wicket against Afghanistan at the Asia Cup.
Kumar Sangakkara and Dinesh Chandimal had managed 74 for the fourth wicket for Sri Lanka against Afghanistan at Dhaka on March 3, 2014. The aforesaid partnership is India`s fourth century stand for the opening wicket at the Asia Cup – one each vs Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Hong Kong and Bangladesh.
Manoj Prabhakar and Sachin Tendulkar put on 161 vs Sri Lanka at Sharjah on April 9, 1995 – the highest opening stand for India at the Asia Cup. Ravindra Jadeja (4/30) has recorded his best bowling figures at the Asia Cup, bettering the 3 for 30 vs Sri Lanka at Fatullah on February 28, 2014. Jadeja has got his ninth Man of the Match award in ODIs. Samiullah Shenwari (50 off 73 balls) has registered his fifth fifty in ODIs.
Afghanistan 159 in 45.4 overs (Noor Ali Zadran 31, Mohammad Shahzad 21, Samiullah Shenwari 50; Ravindra Jadeja 4 for 30, Ravichandran Ashwin 3 for 31) lost to India 160 for 2 in 32.2 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 56, Shikhar Dhawan 60; Mohammad Nabi 1 for 30, Mirwais Ashraf 1 for 26) by 8 wickets.
Man of the Match: Ravindra Jadeja.