Team India capped off its World Cup 2019 preparations on a positive note, securing a clinical 95-run victory over Bangladesh in their second warm-up match at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. The Virat Kohli-led team posted a massive first innings total on the back of fabulous centuries from the pair of KL Rahul and MS Dhoni. In the second innings, the wrist-spin duo comprising of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal bowled extremely well to restrict the Bangladeshi batsmen and in turn propelled India to an exciting win.
Rahul and Dhoni’s fantastic tons powers India to daunting 359
After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, India once again got off to a poor start with opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan being sent back to the pavilion in just the third over of the innings. The pair of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli then stitched a brief gutsy stand of 45 runs before the former’s struggling innings was ended by a beautiful delivery bowled by Rubel Hossain. Kohli was once again looking in a great touch, but Bangladesh pacer Mohammad Saifuddin bowled a brilliant yorker to get the better of the Indian captain.
The duo of MS Dhoni and KL Rahul then resurrected the Indian innings with remarkable partnership of 164 runs. Both the batters showed great composure and temperament to keep the Bangladeshi bowlers at bay during the middle-overs stage. Rahul finally delivered the goods at the much-debated number four slot, racking up a fantastic 108-run knock off 99 balls.
MS Dhoni also looked in a fabulous form during the explosive the 113-run innings which came off just 78 balls and consisted of eight fours and seven sixes. India posted a monumental total of 359 runs in their quota of 50 overs, while for Bangladesh, the pair of Shakib and Rubel did pick up two wickets each but also ended up giving away too many runs.
Kuldeep and Chahal’s effective work contains Bangladesh
The two Bangladeshi openers, Soumya Sarkar and Litton Das got their team off to a decent start, adding 49 runs for the opening wicket partnership. Indian new ball bowler Jasprit Bumrah the brought his team back in the game by removing both Sarkar and Shakib Al Hasan off successive deliveries. After these two wickets, the duo of Litton Das and Mushfiqur Rahim joined hands to bail their team out of the troublesome situation with a fine partnership of 120 runs. However, the pair added runs at a very modest rate and this allowed the required run-rate to increase quite significantly.
The pressure was building and the Indian wrist spinners, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal took the advantage, picking wickets at regular intervals to help their team attain a commanding position in the game. Das played a fine innings of 73 runs, while Rahim also played really well for his 94-ball 90. Kuldeep and Chahal picked up three wickets each as Bangladesh got bowled out for 264 runs in 49.3 overs. Bumrah also had a good outing registering figures of 2 for 25 in his five overs.
India: 359/7 in 50 overs (MS Dhoni-113, KL Rahul-108; Rubel Hossain 2/62)
Bangladesh: 264/10 in 49.3 overs (Mushfiqur Rahim-90, Litton Das-73; Kuldeep Yadav 3/47, Yuzvendra Chahal 3/55)
Result: Indian won the match by 95 runs.