India beats Afghanistan by 8 wickets
India has defeated Afghanistan by 8 wickets gaining a bonus point in a match which is not more than a formality as the two teams for final have already decided, ARY News reported.
Afghanistan batting first remained clueless against Indian spinners. Their batsmen collapsed at the first sighting of turn. Ravindra Jadeja picked up two wickets in his first over, and then added two more to run through a middle order.
The three of them – Jadeja, Amit Mishra and R Ashwin – bowled unchanged from the 12th over until the 36th with combined figures of 25-3-73-7 during that period.
Samiullah Shenwari batting at No.8. brought up his second half-century of the tournament and added 64 runs with the last three batsmen to avoid a capitulation.
He farmed the strike, took vital runs off India's seamers during the Powerplay and despite appearing in trouble against the spinners, he was prepared to attack the loose deliveries. On a day when boundaries were hard to come by, he hit six fours and a six to take Afghanistan past 150.
Some other useful contribution was made by opener Noor Ali Zadran by scoring 31 runs whereas Mohammad Shehzad scored 22 runs.
Indian openers while chasing 159 played sensibly on a slow pitch as the two players relied primarily on maneuvering the ball in the gaps.
Ajinkya Rahane scored 56 on 66 balls and Shikhar Dhawan made 60 runs that came from 78 balls.
However, the India's smooth chase momentarily hit turbulence as they lost both openers in quick succession, Rahane played across the line to be lbw and Dhawan was bowled by Nabi.
But Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik added the remaining 37 runs to guide India for a comfortable victory.