That’s a wrap:
Three wins in as many games for India with their last two efforts being clinical ones. A day’s break tomorrow will help the team rejuvenate before they face off against Pakistan for the second time in this Asia Cup.
Ravindra Jadeja (Man of the Match): “Finally, I am playing after 15 months in an ODI. I always wanted to make a mark when I get a chance. Finally, I got a chance today and I am very happy. Kuldeep and Chahal were also bowling well and luckily I was getting wickets at the other end. That’s how bowling works. I try to prove and perform in every format. I will try to play my role with a bat too if the opportunity comes against Pakistan.”
Rohit Sharma, India captain: “It was a clinical performance right from the start to restrict them to 170-odd. We always knew it was better batting under lights. It is important on this pitch to rotate bowlers as batsmen get used to the bowlers quickly. Conditions were challenging but our bowling unit responded very well for us. Chahal and Kuldeep have been bowling really well. Jadeja played an ODI after very long time. To come out and play an ODI like this is exceptional. Kuldeep and Chahal will have an odd off game. All the bowlers bowled according to the plan. When everything goes to plan, it looks easy. We always knew that it will never be easy for the new batsmen so we wanted one of the top-order batsmen to be out there till the end. We will go back and recover and come back fresh against Pakistan and try to replicate this performance.”
Mashrafe Mortaza, Bangladesh captain: “If you look at the batting, we lost wickets from the start. Against Sri Lanka, we lost wickets but had a middle-order partnership that did well. You have to back yourself, it was a decent wicket to bat on. We couldn’t make any partnership today. We could have made 250-260. It might have been a better track for batting later but 260-270 would have made for a good match. You can’t ask bowlers to defend 170 in a 50-over match, so I think our batsmen have to take more responsibility to build the innings. One match can change everything; we are still in the tournament, and we need to do well against Afghanistan next time. They’re a tough side to beat because of their bowling, but we can definitely beat them if we get 260-270 on the board.”
Comfortable win for India:
Rohit and Karthik complete the formalities as India cruise to victory with 13.4 overs to spare and seven wickets in hand. A clinical performance from India, with contributions coming from most of the team members. First, it was Jadeja and the seamers who helped restrict Bangladesh to 173. Rohit (83*) then combined with Dhawan and Dhoni in two half-century stands to help India extend their unbeaten streak in this Asia Cup.
Dhoni doesn’t finish it this time:
With four required, Dhoni tried a big shot off Mortaza but wasn’t able to clear the fence. He departs for 33.
A wrist shot to the cover boundary, followed by a slap over Mortaza off a free hit, and a couple for Dhoni and the half-century stand is raised in the 32nd over. Only 15 more required.
India in cruise mode:
A useful stand between Rohit and Dhoni is taking India closer. They have added more than 30 runs already, with Rohit continuing to find the boundaries regularly. India is 142 for 2 after 30, needing only 32 more.
Wicket for Rubel:
Rayudu has to depart for 13, ending a 45-run second wicket stand. He tried to drive on the up but got an inside edge. The umpire thought otherwise but Mushfiqur was hell-bent on a review and his call was justified as they were a nick. MS Dhoni walks out to bat at No. 4 with India needing 68 more.
Rohit pulls and pulls it into the orbit!
Massive six as Rohit trampled back to pull one off Mehidy. A few overs later, he sends a Shakib delivery into the stands to bring up his fifty in style. India is 105 for 1 after 23.
End of the opening stand:
Dhawan is trapped in front by Shakib after missing a sweep. He thinks about the review and consults Rohit but the Indian skipper advises him against it. India is now 61 for 1 with Ambati Rayudu at the crease. Replays reveal that it would have been umpire’s call and would have made no difference had Dhawan reviewed.
A flurry of boundaries for the Indian openers off the left-arm seamer. Rohit oozed class when he went over the bowler’s head while Dhawan has been using the field and the bowler’s angles to his advantage. Fifty up for India in the 10th over.
Fizz into the attack…
…at the start of the fifth over. He ends up being pulled by Dhawan for the first six of the innings. India moves to 27 for 0 after 5.
Indian openers impose their authority:
While Rohit gets off the mark by caressing a drive to the cover boundary off Mortaza, Dhawan takes on the Bangladesh captain in his next over, smashing a couple of fours through the offside, taking full toll of full deliveries. India is 15 for 0 after 3.
Bangladesh’s innings comes to an end with five deliveries remaining in the innings. Bumrah bags the last two wickets as Bangladesh finish with 173. Despite a late fightback from Mehidy and Mortaza, the damage that was done earlier has meant that Bangladesh still finishes with a substandard total. Can they make a game out of this?
Meanwhile, Afghanistan has done a good job with the bat to set Pakistan a challenging target. Read more about that, here.
End of a spirited partnership
Two back to back sixes for Mortaza off Bhuvneshwar in the 47th overextended the eighth wicket stand to 66 but not beyond that as the Bangladesh skipper finds Bumrah at short fine while trying to play a lap shot. Mehidy follows soon after, out for 42, after failing to execute a shot across the line off Bumrah.
No rewards for the wrist spinners:
While Mehidy continues with his counter-attack, Kuldeep and Chahal end up wicket-less, having conceded only 74 in their combined 20 overs. This is only the second time that both Kuldeep and Chahal have failed to take a wicket in the same ODI where both bowled at least a ball each. The other instance came against England at Leeds earlier this year, informs Deepu.
Mehidy Hasan has been busy since his arrival to the crease – having struck two fours off Bumrah, the No. 9 bat dispatches a Chahal delivery over the mid-wicket fence for the first maximum of the match. Bangladesh is 128 for 7 after 40. How much will they get in the last 10?
Jadeja bags four:
The other set batsman, Mosaddek, has to depart, reducing Bangladesh to 101 for 7. He attempts a slog sweep off the left-arm spinner, only to get an edge to Dhoni. Four deliveries remaining in Jadeja’s spell. Can he finish with five? No, he doesn’t. But a fine comeback performance nevertheless – 10-0-29-4.
A lucky wicket that for India and Bhuvneshwar. A leg-before decision goes in favour of the Indians, much to the dismay of Mahmudullah. There was a clear inside edge, replays suggested the same, but Bangladesh has no review left. They slip to 101 for 6.
Bangladesh reaches 100:
A cautious partnership between Mahmudullah and Mosaddek, but that’s the need of the hour for Bangladesh who brings up the 100 in 32 overs.
The Indian spinners are quickly getting through the overs while keeping the Bangladesh batsmen in check. In the eight overs since the over that gave India their last wicket, Jadeja, Chahal, and Kuldeep have only conceded 15 runs between them. Bangladesh is 80 for 5 after 26.
A drop from Chahal:
Mosaddek Hossain attempts a drive but hits it in the air to the right of Chahal. The legspinner got his fingertips to it but couldn’t cling on.
…to give Jadeja his third wicket. A pre-meditated reverse sweep causes his downfall as he hits the ball straight to Chahal at a short third man. Bangladesh slips to 65 for 5.
By a narrow margin. He was out of the crease after missing a sweep and saw Dhoni dislodge the bails in a jiffy. It was touch and go but the third umpire felt Rahim’s foot was just behind the crease, probably giving the benefit to the batsman.
And Jadeja has his wish fulfilled! He gets his man.
Almost identical to the appeal he had against him in the last over, this time the batsman went up for the review thinking it was at first but was not to be. Bangladesh loses a review as well. BAN: 60 for 4.
Jadeja could have had two!
Mithun prodded forward and pushed it away into the off-side. But the ball kissed the front pad first and then the bat. India though opted not to review it. BAN: 59 for 3 in 15 overs at drinks.
Jadeja, bowling in an ODI for the first time since the series against West Indies in 2017, oversteps and a no-ball is called. The free-hit, a full toss which is hit by Shakib straight to the fielder, is called a dead ball by the umpire and Rohit isn’t happy. He’s seen speaking to the umpire for a while before the proceedings continue. Shakib follows it up with two successive fours before trying to play a sweep only to hit it straight to Dhawan at square leg. Bangladesh slips to 44 for 3 after 10.
Lucky break for Rahim:
Bumrah finds the inside edge of Rahim’s bat but the ball evades Dhoni and travels to the boundary. Meanwhile, India has continued to keep it tight as Bangladesh move to 26 for 2 after 8.
This time it is Bumrah and again, it’s the batsman gifting away his wicket. Nazmul chases a widish delivery outside off but only manages to edge it to Dhawan at wide first slip to depart for 7. Bangladesh is 16 for 2.
The battle of patience is won by India. After a string of quiet overs, Bhuvneshwar gets the breakthrough as Liton was late into a pull and gets a top edge to Kedar Jadhav. Bangladesh is 15 for 1 in the fifth over.
Bhuvneshwar finds the outside edge of Liton Das’s bat straightaway. But there is no second slip and the ball runs down to the third man to allow the opener to get off the mark with a single. Four off the opening over while one leg-bye comes off Bumrah’s over. A tight start from India.
A slightly expensive second over from Bumrah, who concedes seven runs. Nazmul guided a full toss through the cover region for a three, while Das pulled away a short delivery for the first four of the game. Bangladesh is 14 for 0 after 4.
Toss and teams:
India captain Rohit Sharma wins the toss and decides to bowl. Only one change for India with Ravindra Jadeja getting his first ODI since the West Indies series in 2017. He replaces the injured Hardik Pandya. Bangladesh makes two changes – Mushfiqur Rahim and Mustafizur Rahman are back, replacing Mominul Haque and Abu Hider Rony.
Bangladesh (Playing XI): Liton Das(w), Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
“It is a fresh pitch. There is hardly any grass. It looks an even wicket. There are cracks but usually, they don’t come into play. It is not a pitch where you can blast. You have to accumulate runs on this pitch. 250 will be a good score,” says Russel Arnold.
Kuldeep, Bumrah, and Jadeja are bowling on the side wicket. Jadeja looks Pandya’s likely replacement. Now Khaleel’s bowling too pings Prakash.
From the ground:
Plenty of support for Bangladesh with fans already flocking to the ground in big numbers.