India skipper Virat Kohli said it was difficult to keep the motivation level high coming into an inconsequential contest against Afghanistan and lamented crucial mistakes in the matches against Sri Lanka and Pakistan that cost them heavily in the Asia Cup.
Knocked out of contention for the final, five-time champions India ended their Asia Cup campaign with a consolation win over debutantes Afghanistan, beating them by eight wickets in a lop-sided encounter here on Wednesday.
All but eliminated from the race to final, a demoralised India would look to sign off their disastrous Asia Cup campaign on a positive note when they take on spirited debutantes Afghanistan in their last round-robin league match here tomorrow.
Given quite a few anxious moments by minnows Afghanistan in their World Twenty20 opener here, India`s in-form batsman Virat Kohli conceded that his side`s bowling at the death overs is a "worrying factor".
India will have to quickly decide on their team combination as they launch their ICC World Twenty20 campaign against minnows Afghanistan in Colombo on Wednesday, hoping to get into the groove for the tougher battles ahead. A win will ensure a Super Eights berth for champions of the 2007edition even before they take on England in their second and final group league match on September 23.