9th Match (D/N), Dhaka, Mar 5 2014, Asia Cup
(32.2/50 ov, target 160)
India won by 8 wickets (with 106 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
INDIA Innings
Full commentary

One final league game tomorrow, between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka before the big final between Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Join us tomorrow afternoon. Bye for now.

Ravindra Jadeja, the Man of the Match. Jadeja: "Wicket was slow, I was trying to bowl slow, so that I could get some turn. You know that wicket is always going to be slow in Bangladesh. Before the game started, Duncan [Fletcher] told us this also counts an an ODI, so you guys be serious, we were focussed on the game."

Virat Kohli: "Complete performance from the team. Hard to motivate yourselves when you have been travelling and are out of contention for the final. Being more relaxed worked for us, we were quite tense in the earlier games. Idea was to give guys time in the middle. Someone like Ajinkya who has scored on and off, it is good to give them some confidence, even Dinesh Karthik was sent up the order. We have to be patient with them and the results will follow. We started off quite well, we committed crucial mistakes against Pakistan and SL and we lost close games. Amit Mishra coming and bowling well against Pakistan, that was good to see. Am happy the way the team showed their character."

Mohammad Nabi: "Great tournament for us, we have proved we are a good team in Asia after the Full Members. Win over Bangladesh is good sign for us. Ashwin and Jadeja bowled brilliantly, we started well in first ten overs. Big celebration in Afghanistan (after win over Bangladesh). If there are more matches against Full Members, it is good experience for Afghanistan."

So India end with comfortable wins over Afghanistan and Bangladesh, but they came up just short against the bigger sides, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. But who would have thought Afghanistan would end the tournament with a victory? Continue to impress nearly every time they play

Samiullah Shinwari to Sharma, FOUR runs
that does it, Rohit eases into a cover drive and ends India's Asia Cup campaign with a bonus point victory
Samiullah Shinwari to Sharma, 2 runs
goes back and works it in the air through midwicket
end of over 321 runs
INDIA: 154/2CRR: 4.81 • RRR: 0.33 • Need 6 runs from 17 overs
Dinesh Karthik21 (27)
Rohit Sharma12 (22)
Shapoor Zadran6-0-25-0
Samiullah Shinwari4-0-26-0
Shapoor Zadran to Karthik, no run
comes out and has a crack at it on the full, but does not manage much timing, it goes straight to mid off
Shapoor Zadran to Karthik, no run
presses forward and blocks solidly to the off side

Nitin: "Good stuff from Kohli. Giving chances to others, even though there's easy runs (relatively) on offer."

Shapoor Zadran to Karthik, no run
turns a pitched up ball to midwicket
Shapoor Zadran to Karthik, no run
almost played on, defends this back of a length ball, it drops into the crease, and bounces over the stumps
Shapoor Zadran to Sharma, 1 run
uses the angle into him to work it square on the leg side
Shapoor Zadran to Sharma, no run
pushed off the front foot to point
end of over 317 runs
INDIA: 153/2CRR: 4.93 • RRR: 0.36 • Need 7 runs from 17 overs
Dinesh Karthik21 (23)
Rohit Sharma11 (20)
Samiullah Shinwari4-0-26-0
Shapoor Zadran5-0-24-0
Samiullah Shinwari to Karthik, FOUR runs
DK's keeping Afghanistan interested, he pulls this short ball, shouts of 'catch it' as it loops towards mid on, he jumps but it clears him
Samiullah Shinwari to Karthik, no run
Samiullah Shinwari to Sharma, 1 run
eased down the ground to long off
Samiullah Shinwari to Sharma, no run
left alone outside off
Samiullah Shinwari to Karthik, 1 run
reaches out to one spinning away wide outside off, and edges it through the keeper's gloves to short third man
Samiullah Shinwari to Sharma, 1 run
pushed to long off for a single

batting Powerplay

end of over 303 runs
INDIA: 146/2CRR: 4.86 • RRR: 0.70 • Need 14 runs from 17 overs
Dinesh Karthik16 (20)
Rohit Sharma9 (17)
Shapoor Zadran5-0-24-0
Mohammad Nabi10-0-30-1

At the end of the over, Shapoor smiles and pats DK on the back

Shapoor Zadran to Karthik, no run
punched hard but straight to cover
Shapoor Zadran to Karthik, no run
Afghanistan are convinced they have DK caught behind, umpire Bowden shakes his head, loud sound as the ball rears up past DK's bottom hand, could only have been an edge, Shahzad threw it up immediately, bowler implored and implored, but Bowden wasn't budging
Shapoor Zadran to Sharma, 1 run
eases forward and picks up a single to third man with an open bat face
Shapoor Zadran to Karthik, 1 run
drives a pitched up ball wide of mid off for one more
Shapoor Zadran to Karthik, no run
hops and defends a shortish ball, cannot get the single as point runs in
Shapoor Zadran to Sharma, 1 run
back of a length into the right-hander from round the stumps, steered to third man
end of over 293 runs
INDIA: 143/2CRR: 4.93 • RRR: 0.80 • Need 17 runs from 17 overs
Dinesh Karthik15 (16)
Rohit Sharma7 (15)
Mohammad Nabi10-0-30-1
Mirwais Ashraf5-0-26-1
Mohammad Nabi to Karthik, no run
comes across confidently and smothers the last ball of Nabi's spell
Mohammad Nabi to Karthik, no run
drops it softly towards point, keeper goes after it
Mohammad Nabi to Sharma, 1 run
backs away a touch to a straightish one and cuts it to deep point