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Rohit Sharma Shines again in India 45-Run Win on Bangladesh in Game 1 of Asia Cup

Rohit Sharma Shines again in India 45-Run Win on Bangladesh in Game 1 of Asia Cup

February 25
11:05 2016

dhoniNew Delhi, Thursday, February 25 – A win is always good to let a team have faith in capabilities. It is confidence boosting no matter what format of cricket is played. For the reason that season of limited over games has just arrived, cricket fans are all set to catch entire action by registering their presence in the venue or switching on TV sets to have a better glimpse over all happenings of the ground.

Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur was full of excited cricket lovers from both India and Bangladesh. Since Asia Cup is to be played in Bangladesh this time, numbers of Bangladesh supporters were obviously higher than Indians. If truth be told then whether the home side wins or loses, people there in Bangladesh backed host on all occasions. Mashrafe Mortaza led the team full of talent. Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Al-Amin Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman and Taskin Ahmed made Bangladesh look strong contender. Arafat Sunny, Abu Hider, Nurul Hasan and Nasir Hossain were players that sat on bench.

Previous victories when India were on tour of Bangladesh were enough to have a psychological advantage, which was visible in the first few overs of Asia Cup opener. Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led India looked stronger than the opponents having better batting and bowling lineup. The squad included openers Shikhar Dhawan & Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, all-rounders Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja & Ravichandran Ashwin and talented bowlers Ashish Nehra and Jasprit Bumrah. Parthiv Patel, Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh, Pawan Negi and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will have to wait for another matches to think of contributing from their end.

Bangladesh won the toss and decided to bowl. The decision seemed turning right in the beginning when Indian cricketers struggled in placing the ball for snatching crucial runs. Mortaza’s men were in the game for the first 14 overs, doing all things possible to restrict India on a low score. Run rate was not impressive until Rohit began to display what kind of shots he can play in tough situation to take the game away from Bangladesh. His match-winning 55-ball 83 compelled rivals to think of doing certain things differently to continue having grip in the contest but it was India’s day yesterday proving their supremacy in the shortest format of cricket with another convincing triumph. It was certain that India did not consider the opposition weak at all and the attitude of not taking  them lightly paid off in the later part. After Al-Amin Hossain shocked Shikhar Dhawan in his first over, India received improbable jolt. The opener had to depart post scoring a couple of runs. Virat Kohli appeared to play crucial innings when a shot was hit but Mahmudullah took a catch when Mortaza bowled a brilliant delivery. Kohli just pocketed 8 runs off 12 balls.

Suresh Raina was likely to do an outstanding job. Hopes were high from him taking into consideration his sensible batting in previous few matches. Two boundaries were struck by him but Mahmudullah finished his knock at 13 runs. Rohit looked for a partnership through which runs can be scored from other end as well.  Yuvraj Singh faced 16 balls to get 15 runs, together with a four, however, Shakib Al Hasan  made sure the batsman makes a mistake in attempt to get runs in speed. Soumya  Sarkar was quick in taking the catch, closing doors for Singh to contribute any run further. Hardik Pandya entry was definitely on the dot, giving India a momentum that changed statistics for the tourists in true sense.

off just 18 deliveries, the young boy scored 31 runs, inclusive of 4 fours and a six. Al-Amin Hossain earned his wicket to give his teammates a chance to heave a sigh of relief for some time.  Sharma, on the other hand, continued to showcase his talent and struck seven fours and three biggies. What a brilliant catch by Sarkar in deep when the opening batsmen was trying to go for a biggie off Al-Amin Hossain.  In the final over when India should have scored as many as runs possible, two wickets fell but Dhoni hit a six to give India’s innings a stylish finish. Remaining unbeaten, Captain Cool played a not out knock of 8 runs in 2 balls. Ravindra Jadeja was not out at a zero. 166 runs, which created a challenging total, were scored in 20 overs.  The Men in Blue pushed themselves to get to a place where it became a tad easy to shift stress back on the opponents.

Ashish Nehra gave India first wicket in the form of Mohammad Mithun, who just opened his account.  Sarkar fell short to Jasprit Bumrah at a score of 11 (4 x 1).  Sabbir Rahman without a doubt played a significant knock of 44 runs in 32 balls, along with two sixes and same number of fours. Pandya gave India a wicket that may have turned expensive had Rahman been able to stay a little bit longer on the crease. The host was short of the firepower midway to capture a big target. Shakib Al Hasan slipped at a wrong time while attempting to take a single. Rohit Sharma collected the ball on the dot and Dhoni as usual did not delay in taking the bails off. He could score 3 runs off 8 balls. Imrul Kayes’ catch was pouched by Yuvraj Singh when Ravichandran Ashwin was brought back in attack. He added 14 runs in the team’s total score. Mushfiqur Rahim, was not out at 16 runs, including two 4s. The wicket-keeper of Bangladesh was eying a partnership from someone who could assure of substantial contribution to take entire team on the winning side but match steadily went far away from their reach as match progressed ahead.

Mahmudullah and Mortaza succumbed to Nehra at 7 runs and a naught, respectively.  Taskin Ahmed was not out at 15 runs. Bangladesh could only manage to score 121 runs in 20 overs for the loss of seven wickets. Indian camp beat Bangladesh by 45 runs, starting Asia Cup with a win that has a number of significances. All eyes are now struck on high-octane match between India and Pakistan that is schedules to take place on Saturday, February 27. Being the arch-rivals, both teams are expected to pour more than one hundred efforts as this will be key to success. Apart from individual performances, playing as a unit will have its own importance. Indian fans are elated with recent win of Dhoni’s boys and hope for some amazing show in upcoming contests as well.

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