Mendis took 3-11 off his unorthodox spin and Perera bowled a miserly 10-over spell for his 3-29 to get Afghanistan out for 124.
Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan joined a chorus of former Pakistani players to congratulate the team.
Ajmal, in perhaps all of world cricket today, has the widest range of varieties to his conventional off-spin.
Afridi’s late strikes leaves Kohli’s side with only a marginal chance of making final.
Sahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi. And, rest, they say, is history.
Offie Ajmal ends with impressive figures of 3/40 as Rayudu’s second ODI fifty pushes India to respectable total.
India paid the price for costly blunders at crucial junctures to suffer a nerve-wracking one-wicket defeat.
India face traditional rivals Pakistan in a high-profile Asia Cup match, one neither team can afford to lose.
Afghanistan on Thursday had reduced Pakistan to 117 for six before the latter side recovered well to end up at 248.
They beat drums, blew bugles and even implored the DJ to play Honey Singh numbers.
India skipper Virat Kohli defended his decision to play all-rounder Stuart Binny in Friday’s fixture.
Sangakkara anchors his side to a thrilling win as Kohli impresses with smart captaincy in tense situations.
Kumar Sangakkara showed the way with a breathtaking 84-ball 103 as Sri Lanka beat India by two wickets.
Kohli vs Malinga will only be one of many contests as India face Sri Lanka.
Chasing a target of 249, Afghanistan could only manage 176 in 47.2 overs in front of a disciplined bowling attack.