In Bangladesh, only Liton Das and Sabbir Rahman entered 30's and the rest of them couldn't even make it to the 20's.
Jaydev Unadkat (3 for 38) was the pick of the bowlers for India while Vijay Shankar bowled smartly to return with 2 for 32. With Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma getting off to sublime starts, it only compounded matters for Bangladesh. The wicket got better and better the other day.
With the scoreboard reading 35/2, wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim (18) arrived at the crease and played some handsome shots, but his 14-ball knock was cut short by medium pacer Vijay Shankar in the ninth over.
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Captain Rohit once again made a decision to go with off-spinner MS Washington Sundar (0/23 in 4 overs) for the opening spell and the move proved to be an excellent one as the normally risky Tamim Iqbal (15, 16 balls) found it hard to free his arm in the Powerplay overs. We wanted their batsmen to take on the longer boundaries.
Suresh Raina struck 28 off 27 balls, while Manish Pandey saw the Indians home with eight balls to spare with his unbeaten 27 off 19.
The talented K.L. Rahul too sat out of the first game but as the opening combination is settled, it remains to be seen if he gets to bat in the middle-order.
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"We were 10 runs short after six overs but I felt 174 was a good score but Kushal Perera took the game away by playing an unbelievable knock". Anyways, we have to bat first and put up a good show.
Spinners Yuzvendra Chahal (2/37) and Washington Sundar (2/28) provided the crucial breakthroughs to control the run-flow. Forty-six per cent of the deliveries they faced didn't fetch them a run. More importantly, it helped matters that brisk runs came in the powerplay.
Rohit and Dhawan start will always be important for India's chances but against Bangladesh, they would like to score more in the death overs than they did against Sri Lanka. We need to rotate the strike more often. Not only were they finding it hard to middle the ball but also ended up playing out 57 dots.
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"We just lost one game, so it is a not a big deal, we will learn from it and go with all the positives in the next", he said. I have been working very hard and really happy to be winning this.