New Delhi: In the first encounter into the Asia Cup, which for the first time is being played in the T20 format, India on Wednesday defeated the host Bangladesh by a convincing 45 runs at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.
Earlier, Bangladesh had won the toss, and had opted to field against India. The field had a green topping, which turned out to be low and slow with the ball not coming on to the bat. This made the Indian batsmen struggle early on and misjudged the pace of the wicket to get out with wayward looking shots.
First to go was opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan (2), who was bowled by Hossain. Vice-captain Virat Kohli (8) did not get to the pitch of the ball to be caught at mid-off off hosts skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza.
However, Man of the Match Rohit Sharma's flamboyant innings of 83 runs not just took India out of trouble, but also helped them reach a competitive total of 166/6. Hardik Pandya’s 18-ball 31 cameo, which included four boundaries and a huge six over deep mid-wicket, helped the Blues’ in their cause.
Bangladesh never really looked in the competition. The tigers were left tongue-tied by the swing and extra bounce. Ashish Nehra dented Bangladesh in their chase at the start — came back later in 17th over to dismiss captain Mortaza and Mahmudullah in two consecutive balls.
Nehra took 3 wickets, while Bumrah, Ashwin and Pandya got a wicket each. It was also interesting to note that all the four gave 23 runs in their 4 overs.