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India ease past Afghanistan

India signed off from their disappointing Asia Cup campaign with an eight-wicket thrashing of Afghanistan in Dhaka.

Denied the chance to progress to Saturday's final after losing two of their opening three matches, India bounced back ruthlessly after skittling Afghanistan for just 159 in Monday's one-day international.

Ravi Jadeja's four-wicket haul put India in command at the halfway stage and half-centuries from Shikhar Dhawan (60) and Ajinkya Rahane (56) saw the world champions reach their target at a canter.

Afghanistan have impressed on their Asia Cup debut, having unexpectedly won their match with Bangladesh at the weekend, but they were comfortably outclassed on Wednesday as India romped to victory with 106 balls to spare.

Chasing down Afghanistan's meagre total of 159 all out, India got across the line with plenty in hand as Dhawan's 60 and Rahane's 56 laid a solid foundation before Rohit Sharma (18 not out) and Dinesh Karthik (21no) completed the task.