A 100-run partnership between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma earned India a commanding eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Friday.
Sent in to bat first, Bangladesh were restricted to 139 for seven, thanks to a brilliant
spin bowling exhibition by man of the match R Ashwin as well as Amit Mishra. Ashwin picked up two wickets for a miserly 15 runs.
India started the chase in a wobbly fashion, losing Shikhar Dhawan early. Dhawan (1) tried to dance down the pitch, but got an inside edge on to his leg stump off Al-Amin Hossain in the third over.
Virat Kohli (52*) next joined Rohit Sharma (56), and the two stitched together a partnership of 100. They drove and pulled to glory. They were also lightning fast between the wickets to keep the scorecard ticking.
Rohit was caught at point after he tried to slash a low full toss from Mashrafe Mortaza.
But, with just 29 runs left, it was too little for the Bangladeshi bowlers to put some real pressure on the Indians.
MS Dhoni came in, and after a few balls, he cut loose. The Indian skipper hit two sixes and a four to get to his 22. The first was his customary slog over the cover. The second six, a towering shot down the ground, finished the match with an over and three balls remaining.
Earlier, winning the toss and choosing to bowl first, India took regular wickets to restrict Bangladesh to 139 for seven.
The hosts started aggressively against India. Openers Anamul Haque and Tamim Iqbal took 13 off Bhuvneshwar Kumar's first over. The next over, bowled by R Ashwin, was better, however, and conceded just two runs.
India's poor fielding was again a problem, with Shikhar Dhawan missing a sure chance to run Tamim out in the third over. The Bangladeshi opener was way off his crease and had given up, but Dhawan failed to hit the stumps from fairly close quarters.
Then in the fourth over, Ashwin struck. Tamim pushed at a full delivery from Ashwin and got a thick edge to Suresh Raina at the slips, leaving for six.
Ashwin claimed Shamsur Rahman the next ball, as the Bangladeshi batsman tried to sweep it into the stands. Instead, he picked out the fielder at deep square leg.
Bhuvneshwar got his revenge when he came to bowl in the fifth over. Shakib Al Hasan tried to walk down the pitch to the medium pacer, missed it and lost his off stump for one run.
Mushfiqur Rahim (24), however, kept the tempo going for Bangladesh. With Anamul (44) for company, he slashed hard. Not every run came off the middle of the bat, but the scorecard kept ticking.
Rahim finally fell to Mohammed Shami. He tried to pull a length delivery from outside off to deep mid-wicket, but mistimed it, leaving Virat Kohli to take a relatively simple catch.
Anamul kept going, hitting the Indian bowlers all over the park. Finally, an absolute beauty from Amit Mishra saw his back. Mishra's googly pitched outside off, but took a very sharp turn to remove Anamul's off stump.
Amit Mishra came back to bowl the last over and claimed two wickets to wrap things up. First to fall was Nasir Hossain. He tried to give the charge, missed and was stumped by Dhoni. A ball later, Ziaur Rahman fell. He too danced out of his crease, but his slog found Ravindra Jadeja at long off.
A six off the last ball spoiled an otherwise stellar over, with Mishra finishing at 3/26.
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