Sunil Chhetri's goal, which came late in extra-time, was the decisive goal on the night for the Blue Tigers.
Live updates from the SAFF Cup final between hosts India and defending champions Afghanistan
Even if India doesn't reclaim the SAFF crown, they can take positives from this outing.
Rowlin was picked, among a number of other young players, by Constantine for the SAFF Championships and he instantly repaid the coach's trust in him
Churchill defeated Mohun Bagan 2-1 in the first semifinal while Sporting Clube de Goa emerged 3-2 victorious in extra time in an absorbing match against Dempo.
The late goals from Mello and Fernandes gave Bengaluru FC some headache after Boima had pulled one back for the Goan side who were down by four goals till the 73rd minute.
The apex football body, at an emergency meeting, decided to introduce the USA's Major League Soccer-style conference format in a bid to reduce the cost of holding the I-League, besides also changing the Federation Cup from knockout to home-and-away format.