After skipper Virat Kohli opted to bowl on winning the toss, Indian spinners Ravindra Jadeja, R Aswhin and Amit Mishra shared seven wickets between them to skittle out Afghanistan for 159 in 45.2 overs. Statistical highlights: (JPN/Agencies)
The Indians chased down the target in 32.2 overs to clinch the bonus point but it was a case of too little too late after defeats against Sri Lanka and Pakistan poured cold water on their final hopes.
Ajinkya Rahane (56), after being promoted to open, and Shikhar Dhawan (60) set up the chase for India with a 121-run opening wicket partnership.
Earlier, Mohammed Shami provided India the first breakthrough by dismissing Nawroj Mangal (5) and thereafter it was a one-sided contest as Jadeja ripped through the inexperienced batting to finish with figures of 4/30.
Ashwin (3/31) also chipped in to fox the Afghans, who will go out with their heads held high after beating Bangladesh during the course of their campaign.
# 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.
# The aforesaid knock is his second fifty at the Asia Cup - the highest being 81 against Bangladesh at Fatullah on March 1, 2014.
# Shenwari became the second number eight batsman to post a fifty at the Asia Cup - the first being Mohammad Tauqir (UAE) - 55 vs India at Dambulla on July 16, 2004.
# Shenwari hastotalled 151 runs at an average of 37.75, including two fifties, in four innings at the Asia Cup.
# Asghar Stanikzai, with 162 runs at an average of 54.00 in four matches, is the leading run-getter for Afghanistan at the Asia Cup.
# Ravichandran Ashwin (3/31) has produced his best bowling figures at the Asia Cup, surpassing the 3 for 39 vs Sri Lanka at Dhaka on March 13, 2012.
# Ashwin's above figures are his best overseas, eclipsing the 3 for 32 vs Sri Lanka at Perth on February 8, 2012.
# The two leading Indian wickettakers in the Asia Cup 2014 are - Ravichandran Ashwin (9 at 18.55) and Mohammed Shami (9 at 25.55).
After skipper Virat Kohli opted to bowl on winning the toss, Indian spinners Ravindra Jadeja, R Aswhin and Amit Mishra shared seven wickets between them to skittle out Afghanistan for 159 in 45.2 overs.