Asia Cup Match 1 as it happened: Rohit, Nehra power India to 45-run win

Feb, 24 2016 IST

Asia Cup Match 1 as it happened: Rohit, Nehra power India to 45-run win
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    Rohit Sharma is named the Man of the Match.

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    That's it! India win by 45 runs.

    A clinical performance from India. Having beind put into bat on a green pitch, they stuttered at the start losing  Dhawan, Kohli and Raina inside 8 overs for just 42 runs. But it all changed around when Rohit was dropped on 21 by Shakib. He added 55 runs with Yuvraj at first and then Hardik Pandya got into the act with a 18-ball 31 blitz to propel India to 166, an above par score at this venue. Rohit made 83. Chasing the target, Bangladesh were troubled by Bumrah and lost three wickets in 10 overs with just 52 on the board. They never got the momentum going and fell well short as the Indian pacers bowled really well. 

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    After 19 overs, Bangladesh 117/7 (Mushfiqur 14, Taskin 15)

    After just three runs off the first five balls, Taskin hammers one over long on for a six. 9 runs off the over. 

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    Bumrah continues.....

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    After 18 overs, Bangladesh 108/7 (Mushfiqur 14, Taskin 6)

    Taskin drives one uppishly over cover for a four. A single more makes it 5 runs off the over. 59 needed off 12. 

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    Double blow for Bangladesh! After 17 overs, Bangladesh 102/5 (Mushfiqur 13, Taskin 1)

    Nehra bowls a low full toss on middle and leg, Mahmudullah plays a half-hearted heave and helps it straight into the hands of Rohit at deep mid-wicket. The new batsman Mortaza then drives one straight to point where Jadeja makes no mistake. The hat-trick ball is a leg side wide - a disappointment.

    Taskin Ahmed is the new batsman.

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    Nehra back on....

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    After 16 overs, Bangladesh 96/5 (Mushfiqur 13, Mahmudullah 3)

    Mushfiqur giving the crowd something to cheer about. He slices one through backward point for a four and then reverse sweeps one wide of the point fielder for the second boundary of the over. 11 runs off the over.

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    Jadeja back on.....

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    After 15 overs, Bangladesh 85/5 (Mushfiqur 5, Mahmudullah 1)

    Pandya gives away just three runs and takes the crucial wicket of the set Sabbir in that over. 

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    It has started drizzling in Mirpur........

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    OUT! Pandya gets the crucial wicket. Sabbir Rahman c Dhoni b Pandya 44 (32b 2x4 2x6)

    Short on middle and leg, Sabbir goes for a pull but gets a top edge, Dhoni settles under it and pouches it easily. 

    Mahmudullah is the new batsman.

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    After 14 overs, Bangladesh 82/4 (Sabbir 41, Mushfiqur 1)

    Another tight over from Ashwin. 6 singles off it. Sabbir tried a reverse sweep but straight to the deep point fielder.

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    After 12 overs, Bangladesh 76/4 (Sabbir 41, Mushfiqur 1)

    A successful over for India. Jadeja conceded just 5 runs and there was the run out of Shakib who has had a forgettable evening having dropped Rohit who went on to score 83.

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    OUT! Huge mix up and Shakib is run out. Shakib Al Hasan run out 3 (8b 0x4 0x6) 

    He is not happy with Sabbir as he trudges off. Shakib clips it to mid-wicket and sets off straightaway. Sabbir isn't interested and sends him back. Rohit rushes onto it and whips it to Dhoni who clips the bails off, Skahib had given up.

    Mushfiqur Rahim is the new batsman.

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    After 11 overs, Bangladesh 71/3 (Sabbir 38, Shakib 3)

    Bangladesh slowly upping the ante. But they need more than this. Sabbir hammers one over deep square leg for a six. Four more singles make it 10 off the over. 20 have come off the last 2 overs.

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    Ashwin continues.....

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    After 10 overs, Bangladesh 61/3 (Sabbir 30, Shakib 1)

    After a two singles off the first two balls, Sabbir breaks the shackles as he pulls one over deep mid-wicket for a six.  A single and a wide makes it 10 runs off the over.

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    Pandya continues....

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    After 9 overs, Bangladesh 51/3 (Sabbir 22, Shakib 0)

    A very good over from Ashwin. He mixed it up really well and troubled Kayes before finally removing him. 3 runs and a wicket off it.

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    OUT! Kayes' struggle ends. Imrul Kayes c Yuvraj Singh b Ashwin 14 (24b 1x4 0x6) 

    The previous delivery was a quicker one, this one is well flighted, an off-spinner, Kayes gets down for a slog sweep but gets a top edge to long leg where Yuvraj takes a good catch. 

    Shakib Al Hasan is the new batsman.

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    Ashwin continues.

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    After 8 overs, Bangladesh 48/2 (Sabbir 21, Kayes 13)

    Hardik with another decent over. Kayes was mightily lucky in that over. He mistimes a couple and both fall in between the fielders. Sabbir then goes for a wild swing but misses. He then mistimes one through covers for a couple. 6 runs off the over.

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    After 8 overs, Bangladesh 42/2 (Sabbir 19, Kayes 10)

    Sabbir welcomes Ashwin with a reverse sweep which races away wide of the short third man fielder. Ashwin mixed it up well thereafter and conceded just two runs. He beat Kayes' cut with a carromm ball. 6 runs off the over.

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    Ravichandran Ashwin into the attack now.

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    After 7 overs, Bangladesh 36/2 (Sabbir 14, Kayes 9)

    A good over from pandya. He concentrated on bowling short. Both batsmen didn't connect the pulls. Pandya ended the over with a snorter as Kayes looked to give himself room but was beaten by the pace. 5 runs off the over.

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    Hardik Pandya into the attack now.

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    After 6 overs, Bangladesh 31/2 (Sabbir 12, Kayes 7)

    Bumrah has bowled well so far. Sabbir goes for a swing across the line but gets an outside edge to third man for a couple. Kayes then goes for a heave but misses and gets hit on the thigh pad and then mistmies the next one to mid-wicket. Both the batsmen have struggled to connect it off the middle. Just four runs off the over.

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    Bumrah continues...

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    After 5 overs, Bangladesh 27/2 (Sabbir 9, Kayes 6)

    A decent over for Bangladesh. Sabbir hammers a pull over mid-wicket for a boundary. Kayes then takes a risky single to mid on. There was some hesitation but they make it comfortably in the end. 8 runs off the over. 

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    Nehra continues....

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    After 4 overs, Bangladesh 19/2 (Sabbir 3, Kayes 4)

    A successful over for India. Bumrah got the wicket of Sarkar. Kayes misses a wild swing but then made amends as he crackes one over covers for a four. Four runs and a wicket off the over.  

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    OUT! Bumrah strikes now, Sarkar back in the hut. Soumya Sarkar c Dhoni b Bumrah 11 (14b 1x4 0x6) 

    Short of a good length delivery outside off, it jumps off the surface. Sarkar looks to steer but it done in by the extra bounce. He ends up gloving it to the keeper. 

    Imrul Kayes is the new batsman.

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    After 3 overs, Bangladesh 15/1 (Sarkar 11, Sabbir 3)

    A very good over from Nehra. He had the wicket of Mithun and then there was a huge appeal for a caught behind turned down against Sabbir. Looked like a right desicion as it had hit the thigh pad as Sabbir was cramped for room and the ball hit his thigh pad on its way to first slip. Sabbir then mistimed his pull just over the head of the mid on fielder for a couple. 6 runs off the over.

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    OUT! Nehra gets Mithun! Mohammad Mithun b Nehra 1 (3b 0x4 0x6) 

    A poor shot from Mithun. Nehra had cramped him for room off the previous ball, this time he goes for a wild swing across the line but misses it completely and finds his stumps shattered.

    Sabbir Rahman is the new batsman.

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    After 2 overs, Bangladesh 9/0 (Sarkar 8, Ali 1)

    After an ordinary first ball - short outside off, that Sarkar cuts uppishly for four - Bumrah comes back well to concede just six, two quick singles in that over. Sarkar got beat again outside off with Bumrah's angle for a couple of times.

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    Jasprit Bumrah from the other end

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    After 1 over, Bangladesh 3/0 (Sarkar 3, Ali 0)

    What an over to start from the veteran! Nehra starts off proceedings for India with five dot balls - and very good movement on offer. Sarkar was struggling to get bat on ball as it was moving away - 4th and 5th ball being beauties. Nehra unhappy with Bumrah's fielding effort off the last ball, as the batsmen run three easily. 

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    Alright, Mohd Mithun Ali and Soumya Sarkar open the batting for Bangladesh. All set for the chase of 167. Who's opening the bowling for India? Looks like....Nehra. Ashwin from the other end? Let's wait and watch...

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Preview: With two back to back T20 series wins and Virat Kohli coming back after being rested, India look like a force to reckon with as they kick-off their Asia Cup campaign against hosts Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

The only concern that India will have will be regarding captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who skipped practice on Monday due to a muscle spasm. Wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel has been flown in as his backup.

For the first time, the Asia Cup will not be played as a 50-over competition, but will instead be a 20-over affair.

File picture of Shikhar Dhawan. AFP

File picture of Shikhar Dhawan. AFP

India and Sri Lanka are the two most successful teams in the tournament, having won the title five times each and Dhoni and his men would look to extend that trophy haul.

What would boost India's confidence is that they beat Australia 3-0 and then Sri Lanka 2-1 in the previous two T20 competitions.

They would look to continue the momentum when they meet Bangladesh, but the hosts have taken giant strides in international cricket in the last year and a half and would not give up easily.

In fact, the last time India visited Bangladesh, they suffered an unexpected defeat to the hosts in a One-Day International series.

Team director Ravi Shastri does not want to dwell on that series loss and instead wants the Indian players to focus on the current tournament.

"That happened long back. I don't remember it. I only remember things of the recent past," the former India captain told reporters here on Monday.

The tournament will also be a dress rehearsal before the World T20 in India next month and Dhoni had earlier said he would try and give all 15 members in the squad some valuable match practice.

"I will try to give everybody a game because it is something as important as playing with a settled team," Dhoni had said on Sunday in his pre-departure media conference in Kolkata.

"It is important for everybody to have games under their belt."

India looks a settled unit in every department. Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have been amongst the runs while Virat Kohli has been in great form. The finishers too including Suresh Raina and Dhoni have batted well in the last few games.

The bowling line-up, with Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashish Nehra and Jasprit Bumrah have combined well too so far and are sure to give the Bangladesh batsmen a tough time when they clash here.

The hosts have built a formidable side in the last few months and have been ably led by skipper Mashrafe Mortaza. They have impressed with both bat and ball and have been able to nurture talents like pacer Mustafizur Rahman who have already started creating ripples in world cricket.

Bangladesh have a mix of experience and youth with veterans Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim still going strong.

India will be wary of the fact that Bangladesh have match winners in their side and as Dhoni mentioned they would be keen on negating the threat from the 'big-hitters.'

But with the unpredictability of the format Bangladesh would be hoping to pull off a surprise in front of their vociferous home fans.

IANS


Published Date: Feb 24, 2016 10:53 pm | Updated Date: Feb 24, 2016 10:53 pm

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