India staged an emphatic comeback with a brilliant all round performance to beat Bangladesh by 95 runs in their second warm-up game at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Tuesday. Put in to bat after losing the toss on a tricky wicket, the Men in Blue did not get off to an ideal start losing both their openers for a combined score of 20. Virat Kohli and KL Rahul steadied proceedings for India with a 33 run partnership before the Indian skipper was undone by a cracking yorker from Saifuddin.
Vijay Shankar didn’t last too long either as India were soon left reeling at 102/4, only for KL Rahul and MS Dhoni to take them out of trouble and guide the Men in Blue to a respectable score. The duo combinedly soaked all the pressure before taking the attack to the Bangladesh bowlers stitching a crucial 164 run partnership for the fifth wicket. Rahul hit purple patch with a scintillating knock of 108 off just 99 balls in which he struck 12 fours and 4 sixes, solving the never ending conundrum for the number four spot of the Indian cricket team.
MS Dhoni showed glimpses of peak form as he blazed his way to a stunning 78 ball 113 with the help of 8 fours and 7 sixes to power the Men in Blue to a formidable 359/7 in their 50 overs. Bangladesh got off to a decent start in the run chase with openers Soumya Sarkar and Liton Das putting on 49 runs for the first wicket but were pegged back by wickets on consecutive deliveries in the last over of the opening powerplay bowled by Jasprit Bumrah.
Bumrah showed his class once again with a skidding fuller length delivery to dismiss Soumya Sarkar. Sarkar went for the drive away from the body but could only manage a thin outside edge to Dinesh Karthik behind the stumps. Bumrah came up with a cracking yorker on his very next delivery to the new batsman Shakib Al Hasan, leaving him glued to the crease as he tried to bring his bat down. Shakib was left absolutely clueless as the ball sneaked past the inside edge of the bat to shatter into the stumps.
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Bangladesh never really recovered from the early blows as the spin combination of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzuvendra Chahal made things even more difficult for them in the middle phase. The duo shared six wickets among them to break the backbone of the Bangladesh middle order. Wicketkeeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim top scored for the Tigers with 90 off 94 while opener Liton Das made 73 off 90 but it was never going to be enough for Bangladesh as they were eventually bundled out for 264 in 49.3 overs.