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India ease into win over Bangladesh
Rohit Sharma struck an unbeaten 83 as India eased into seven-wicket win over the Bangladesh in their first match of the Asia Cup Super-Four round in Dubai on Friday.
Bangladesh were unable to provide India any competition after yet another batting failure, which saw the Mashrafee-bin Murtaza led side bowled out for 173 runs.
India made a light work of their target, reaching 174-3 in 36.2 overs with Sharma leading the side from the front.
Sakib al Hasan trapped Shikhar Dhawan leg-before for 40 to end 61-run opening stand before Rubel Hossain dismissed Ambati Rayudu for 13 to give Bangladesh something to cheer with.
Sharma and MS Dhoni put 64 runs for the third wicket to kill off any outside chance Bangladesh had in the game. Mashrafee removed Dhoni for 33 with India only four runs away from their target.
Mehedi Hasan and Mashrafee earlier staged a late fightback to give Bangladesh innings some respectability as the Tigers made 173 runs before they were all out in 49.1 overs.
Asked to bat first Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Bangladesh were in deep trouble after they had lost their first five wickets for just 65 runs.
Mahmuddullah provided some resistance with 25 runs before Mehedi and Mashrafee took the team to a decent score with their 66-run eighth wicket stand.
Mehedi scored highest 42 runs while Mashrafee made 26 off 32 balls to save the blushes of Tigers.
The pair ended when Mashrafee scooped Bhuvneshwar Kumar straight into the hands fine leg fielder Dhawan after hitting the bowler for consecutive sixes in the previous two balls.
Bangladesh’s trouble started early in their innings when two opening batsmen Liton Das and Nazmul Hossain departed in the space of four balls between fifth and sixth over with an identical score of seven.
Sakib struck Ravindra Jadeja back-to-back fours but fell to the trap of the left-arm spinner giving a catch at square leg to Dhawan for 17.
Jadeja then trapped Mohammad Mithun for nine before Mushfiqur Rahim’s attempted reverse sweep off the same bowler ended up as a catch to Yuzvendra Chahal.
Mushfiq, who was rested during 136-run loss to Afghanistan on Thursday, made 21 runs.
Mamhudullah and Mossaddek Hossain tried to salvage the innings before umpiring gaffe put Bangladesh in trouble again.
The umpire judged Mamhudullah leg before off Bhuvneshwar when reply indicated there was a clear inside edge. Mahmudullah wanted to review the decision only to be left frustrated as it was earlier wasted by Mithun.
Jadeja picked up 4-29 while Bhuvneshwar and Jasprit Bumrah each claimed three wickets.