India cruised to a seven-wicket win in the first round of the Asia Cup Super Fours against Bangladesh.
India dismantled the Bangladesh batting line-up to bowl them out for 173, with Ravi Jadeja, flown to the UAE tournament as a replacement for the injured Axar Patel and playing his first ODI since July last year, the pick of the bowlers.
His 4/29 from 10 overs included the key wickets of Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim in a successful comeback, before stand-in captain Rohit Sharma saw the team home with an unbeaten 83.
The hitman shines again as India canter to a 7 wicket win! 🇮🇳
Rohit Sharma puts on a captains knock of 83* as Bangladesh’s 173 is turned over with ease, India reaching the target with 13.4 overs remaining! #INDvBAN scorecard ➡️ https://t.co/xZjItFqcMO#AsiaCup2018 pic.twitter.com/MJzFt8iD7m
— ICC (@ICC) September 21, 2018
Jadeja was introduced in the 10th over after Rohit had won the toss. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/32) and Jasprit Bumrah (3/37) had removed openers Liton Das and Nazmul Hossain Shanto. Shakib took the left-arm spinner for back-to-back boundaries before having him caught behind square sweeping.
He then had Mushfiqur caught in similar fashion from a reverse-sweep to leave Bangladesh in dire straits at 65/5 at the end of the 18th over.
Jadeja’s fellow spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav maintained the pressure as Mahmudullah set about rebuilding the innings alongside Mosaddek Hossain. Though they dug in, neither could press on and in the end it was only the late hitting of Mehedi Hasan (42 off 50 with two fours and two sixes) that got Bangladesh up to 173, still 27 short of the 200 mark.