India have now won their third match in a row in this year’s Asia Cup. This win bestows India with their first points in the super four.
Rohit Sharma won the toss and invited the Bangladeshi team to have a bat first. India made one change to their squad. Injured Hardik Pandya was replaced by Ravindra Jadeja. Bangladesh welcomed back Mushfiqur Rahim to their team after he was rested in the previous match against Afghanistan.
Just like their last outing against Pakistan, Indian spearhead bowlers provided early breakthroughs in this match too. Bhuvneswar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah dismissed both Bangladeshi openers, Liton Das and Hossain Shanto, inside the first six overs with just 16 runs on the board.
Ravindra Jadeja’s first ODI match for India after 15 months didn’t have the brightest of starts. Shakib Al Hasan smashed two fours of his first three balls, which also included a no ball. However the left arm Saurashtrian spinner made a mains in his second over. He picked up the wicket of Hasan whose failed sweep shot was easily caught by Shikhar Dhawan. After his departure the run rate drastically came down and Bangladesh were put into pressure by the Indian spinners.
Jadeja picked his second wicket in the 16th over. This time his straighter wrapped Mohammad Mithun on the pads straight in front of the wickets. His wicket meant Bangladesh were now 60-4 in 15.2 overs. Soon Mushfiqur too threw his wicket. His reverse sweep failed to get any elevation and gifted Jadeja with his third wicket of the day.
Mahmudullah and Mosaddek Hossain tried to stabilise the shrinking ship. The duo added 36 runs. But Bhuvi and Jadeja respectively sent them back to the pavilion in space of three deliveries to put Bangladesh in a dilapidated state of 101-7 in 33.2 overs. Captain Mashrafe Mortaza and Mehidy Hasan added some valuable runs at the back end of the innings. Hasan struck 2 fours and 2 sixes to score 42 before Bumrah dismissed him. Bhuvi picked up Mortaza and Bumrah dismissed Mustafizur to wrap the Bangladeshi innings for 173 runs.
The target of 174 was never going to be enough for the Bangladeshi bowlers to defend against this Indian side who possess a plethora of world class batmsen. Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma again provided India with a bright start. Both the openers took the charge to bowlers. Dhawan failed to convert another bright start to a half century in the second match running. The southpaw was dimissed for 40 by Shakib.
Following Dhawan’s wicket, Rohit played the role of the aggressor. Ambati Rayudu failed to impress with the bat. He was picked up by Rubel after Mushfiqur completed an easy catch. Finally many Indian fans got what they had so long desired for. Mahendra Singh Dhoni at number 4. Dhoni looked positive from the very beginning. Rohit Sharma on the other hand completed another impressive fifty. His second in this tournament. Dhoni lost his wicket to Mortaza for 33. Dinesh Karthik came out to bat for just three balls and hit the winning runs as India chased down the target easily with 7 wickets remaining.
The Indian team looks sharp in all the three departments. The bowlers are having a great time in the middle of the field. And they are brilliantly backed up the fielders and the batsmen. Bangladesh have a lot to ponder of. Second massive defeat in two days has hit them hard. And if they want to have a chance of making it to the finals then they need to find their form back in quick time.
Bangladesh: 173-10(49.1 o.)
Mehidy Hasan: 42(50)
Mashrafe Mortaza: 26(32)
Ravindra Jadeja: 10-0-29-4.
India: 174-3(36.2 o.)
Rohit Sharma: 83(104)
Shikhar Dhawan: 40(47)
Rubel Hossain: 5-0-21-1.
Man of The Match: Ravindra Jadeja.