ICC Champions Trophy: India crush Bangladesh by 240 runs in warm-up match
Defending champions India geared up in perfect fashion for their ICC Champions Trophy opener against Pakistan with a crushing win over Bangladesh in the final practice game at The Oval.icc champions trophy 2017 Updated: May 30, 2017 23:39 IST
Indian pacers tore through the Bangladesh batting line-up as the ICC Champions Trophy title holders handed their neighbours a 240-run thrashing in a warm-up match at The Oval on Tuesday. (IND vs BAN HIGHLIGHTS)
After setting a total of 324/7 courtesy of fifties from Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik, who top-scored with 94, India’s bowlers put on an outstanding show as Bangladesh collapsed for a paltry 84. (IND v BAN SCORECARD)
Umesh Yadav struck in the fourth over, dismissing Soumya Sarkar and Sabbir Rahman in succession. Sarkar edged an out-swinger to wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik, while Sabbir was bowled off an in-swinger.
Imrul Kayes was removed by Mohammed Shami in the next over while Bhuvneshwar Kumar sent back all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan for 7 in the seventh over, the Indian pacers exploiting helpful conditions on an overcast day.
Mahmudullah and Mosaddek Hossain fell in the next six balls to reduce Bangladesh to 22/6.
Mushfiqur Rahim and Mehedi Hasan put together a 25-run stand for the seventh wicket before the former was caught by Ravindra Jadeja at backward point off Shami.
Mehedi and Sunzamul Islam added 30 runs for the eighth wicket, the highest partnership of Bangladesh’s innings. Mehedi, who top-scored with 24, fell to Jasprit Bumrah in the 20th over.
Three overs later, Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Sunzamul for 18 before Pandya completed the rout by claiming Rubel Hossain’s wicket. Only three batsmen managed to reach double figures for Bangladesh.
Dhawan, Karthik, Pandya score fifties
Dhawan, Karthik and Pandya powered India to 324/7 as India batsmen cashed in on a full innings, after beating New Zealand on the Duckworth/Lewis method following rain. Yuvraj Singh, had been down with fever, recovered but restricted himself to facing some light bowling.
Put in by Bangladesh, Kohli and MS Dhoni did not bat, handing useful practice to the rest of the line-up. Bangladesh took two early wickets. Rohit Sharma, who missed the first warm-up as he reached London late, played a Rubel Hossain delivery on to the stumps for one.
No 3 Ajinkya Rahane too failed to last long, playing on to the stumps.
Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik revived the innings. Karthik’s case was helped after Mosaddek Hossain dropped him on 29.
Karthik didn’t let slip the chance as he put on a 100-run partnership with Dhawan, who completed his fifty. The left-handed opener, a key player in the 2013 victory, fell for 60, pulling Sunzamul Islam to Mehedi Hasan at midwicket.
Karthik reached his half-century in the 26th over, off 52 balls. Kedar Jadhav scored 31 off 38 balls and added 75 runs for the fifth wicket with Karthik before being dismissed by Sunzamul.
Karthik retired out on 94. He faced 77 balls and hit eight fours and a six.
Pandya fifty boosts India
Hardik Pandya, who came in after Kedar Jadhav’s dismissal, looked solid. The all-rounder raised an 86-run partnership with Ravindra Jadeja for the sixth wicket, which proved crucial in taking the Virat Kohli-led side past the 300-run mark.
Jadeja kept his big-hitting in check, preferring singles to score 32 off 36 before falling to Rubel Hossain. He hit only one six.
Pandya completed his fifty from 39 balls. He didn’t waste any time after that, adding 30 runs from the next 15 balls to end unbeaten on 80 from 54 balls.
Rubel was the pick of the Bangladesh bowlers, taking three for 50 runs.
First Published: May 30, 2017 16:43 IST