Asia Cup 2018, Super Four, First Match, India vs Bangladesh – India won by 7 wickets
Friday, September 21, 2018, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
India won their first ‘Super Four’ game beating Bangladesh by a comprehensive margin of seven wickets. Their batting has once again been excellent and bowlers set up the game upfront after electing to bowl first. Jadeja bowled brilliantly picking up four wickets in his 10 overs – Shakib al Hasan, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mosaddek Hossain. This is Jadeja’s first ODI for India in almost over a year!
The double B’s, Bhuvi and Bumrah, picked up three wickets apiece. Mehidy Hasan, no. 9 batsman, top scored for Bangladesh with 42 runs and with three other scores of 20s in their line-up Bangladesh are bowled out for 173 in 49.1 overs. Both Indian wrist spinners, Chahal and Kuldeep, remained wicket less in this game.
During the chase, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan has once again been brilliant adding 61 runs for the first wicket. This duo posted their second consecutive 50+ stand in ODIs – 86 vs Pakistan in the last game and 61 against Bangladesh in this game. Indian captain Rohit Sharma remained unbeaten on 83* to steer India to a seven wicket victory.
Dhoni came out to bat at no. 4 and he looked to be in great nick – 33 runs off 37 deliveries with 3 fours. Especially his running was impressive, fast and quick as always! “Dhoni we saw today is he Dhoni we want to see very often”, said Harsha Bhogle after India’s seven wicket victory in Dubai.
India– 174/3 in 36.2 overs (Rohit Sharma – 83*, Shikhar Dhawan – 40, Rubel Hossain – 1/21, Mashrafe Mortaza – 1/30) beat Bangladesh – 173 all out in 49.1 overs (Mehidy Hasan Miraz – 42, Mashrafe Mortaza – 26, Ravindra Jadeja – 4/29, Bhuvneshwar Kumar – 3/32) by 7 wickets
Player of the Match:
Ravindra Jadeja (Ind) – 4 wickets
Playing XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
Bench:Manish Pandey, Lokesh Rahul, Deepak Chahar, K Khaleel Ahmed, Siddarth Kaul
Playing XI: Liton Das, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman
Abu Hider Rony, Mominul Haque, Nazmul Islam, Ariful Haque
Asia Cup 2018 ‘Super Four’ Schedule:
Match #1: Sep 21, India vs Bangladesh, Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Match #2: Sep 21, Pakistan vs Afghanistan, Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Match #3: Sep 23, India vs Pakistan,Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Match #4: Sep 23, Afghanistan vs Bangladesh, Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Match #5: Sep 25, India vs Afghanistan, Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Match #6: Sep 26, Pakistan vs Bangladesh, Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
** Photo credits to ESPN Cricinfo