It was a winning start for MS Dhoni’s boys in the Asia Cup 2016 as they comprehensively won the India v Bangladesh game at Dhaka by 45 runs. Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya helped India put up a challenging 166/6 in 20 overs, after the top order fell prey to the greenness of the track. Thereafter, the bowlers made full use of the conditions to make sure that the Bangladesh chase never took off. Ashish Nehra was the pick of the bowlers, with figures of 4/23 in his 4 overs.
Rohit Sharma’s maturity – From Pune to Dhaka
Less than two weeks ago, India were presented with a similar kind of green track, in the 1st T20 against Sri Lanka at Pune. In retrospect, it was realized that had any of the top order batsmen spent some more time in the middle, India could well have added a few more runs to the total and pushed for a win. Rohit Sharma, perhaps, learnt this lesson very keenly! For, even when the top order got rattled by the Bangladeshi quicks yesterday and India were reduced to 42/3 in 8 overs, Sharma managed to keep his cool and waited for the apt time for aggression. And as it turned out, it was the 11th over of the innings from Taskin Ahmed (which went for 14 runs) that took the shackles off the Indian opener. The last five overs of the Indian innings went for 69 runs, and it was mostly because of Rohit Sharma’s ability to weather the opening burst of seam bowling and then wait it out for the Bangladeshi bowlers to be worn out by fatigue.
The sensation called ‘Hardik Pandya’
The fact that Hardik Pandya would be an asset for India in the Asia Cup and World T20 2016 has been progressively well documented. He had earlier set the stage on fire in the 2nd T20 against Sri Lanka with a whirlwind 12 ball 27, that took the world by surprise. Against Bangladesh, he helped his reputation further by blasting a 18-ball-31 after coming in to bat at No 6 in the 15th over. Mind you, even though the Indian scorecard looks quite healthy now, it could have gone anywhere when Pandya walked in with the score at 97/4. Some lusty blows over midwicket and a few shots squeezed over the cover region prove that this lad can indeed play!