NEW DELHI - An inconsistent India lacked the cutting edge as they were held to a 1-1 draw by a spirited Afghanistan in their opening match of the SAFF Football Championship on Saturday. Afghanistan led by the striking duo of Arezo and Ahmadi, troubled the Indians with their sporadic raids. Both were aided by wingers Waheed Ahmad and M Esrafi dow the flanks. India were found wanting when it came to wing-play against the minnows. The normally accurate Dias did manage to deliver some useful crosses from the right but his partner on the left, Clifford Miranda's performance was below par and that did hurt the hosts, raked 162nd in the world as against Afghanistan's 178th, the lowest in the eight-nation tournament. For a while, India seemed to have found their bearings but they were not consistent enough to maintain the pressure on the greenhorns. Around the half hour mark, Miranda, after receiving a cross from Dias, failed to put the ball into the net. If his earlier effort went over the bar, the Dempo winger spurned another chance after he was put through by skipper Climax Lawrence with only the goalkeeper to beat. While lack of finishing did not help India's cause, the hosts were lucky to survive as Karanjit came off the line to deny Arezo. This was after Haroon Fakhrudin, the Afghan skipper, dribbled past four Indians to find Arezo whose shot was blocked by the Indian custodian. The second half started on a brisk note as both sides looked to score the winner. India appealed for a handball by Moqadar Faizullah, which was turned down by Malaysian referee Nagor Amir, leaving coach Savio Medeira livid. India had a golden opportunity to go ahead 10 minutes into the second half, but Chhetri failed to make use of Lawrence's cross with his wayward shot. After that it was Miranda again who could not control Chhetri's lob, allowing Faizullah to make the clearance. Jeje looked tired and the only time he got a chance, through Syed Rahim Nabi, the striker's header went wide. India survived a scare towards the end but Karanjit just about managed to parry Sanjar Ahmadi's attempt after he prised open the Indian defence. Medeira substituted Miranda with Lalrindika Ralte a few minutes before the final whistle but that was too late for the young midfielder to make an impact. Sri Lanka thrash Bhutan 3-0 Nipuna Dewinda Bandara struck twice as Sri Lanka thrashed Bhutan 3-0 to kick off their campaign in the SAFF Football Championship on a winning note on Saturday. Bandara found the target in the 35th and 65th minutes after Zain opened the scoring 29 minutes into the first half at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium. Bhutan would have lost by an even bigger margin had Zain's attempt from outside the box not missed the target by a whisker. In the 14th minute, goalkeeper Mon Bdr Bhattrai made a mockery of a simple collection, nearly helping the ball into his own net. Sri Lanka, the better of the two sides, made the first breakthrough when Chathura Gunarathna's cross from the left was slotted home by Mohamed Zain. Bandara doubled the lead when he scored from inside the box after being fed by Zain. Bandara was in the thick of things again as he scored his second goal of the match, thanks to the relentless pressure the Lankans applied on the Bhutanese citadel.