Jadeja, Rohit lead India's rout of Bangladesh

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Skipper Rohit Sharma smashed a super half century to help India rout Bangladesh by seven wickets in Asia Cup match in Dubai on Friday.

DUBAI — Spinner Ravindra Jadeja took four wickets and skipper Rohit Sharma smashed a successive half century to help India rout Bangladesh by seven wickets in Asia Cup match in Dubai on Friday.

Jadeja finished with four for 29 to wreck Bangladesh to 173 all out in 49.1 overs at Dubai stadium.

Sharma then launched another assault on the bowlers during his 104-ball unbeaten knock which was studded with three sixes and five boundaries as India chased down the target in 36.2 overs.

Sharma put on 61 for the opening stand with Shikhar Dhawan (47-ball 40 with a six and four boundaries) before easing towards the target with another 64-run stand for the third with Mahendra Singh Dhoni who made 33.

It was another comfortable victory for the title holders who eased through their big match against Pakistan by eight wickets on Wednesday. The arch rivals meet again in the Super Four match in Dubai on Sunday.

Sharma praised his bowlers.

"We bowled very well and we always knew it was going to be better batting under the lights," said Sharma. "Once you're in, you got to make sure you bat as long and as deep as possible. Tomorrow is a day off. Hope to repeat the same performance against Pakistan."

Bangladesh skipper urged his batsmen to show guts. "Our batsmen need to take responsibility, especially after failing to score in back-to-back matches. The next match is against a tough team with good bowlers," said Mortaza whose team plays Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

Jadeja, playing his first One-Day International for over a year, was at his best after India sent Bangladesh into bat on a flat pitch.

He only came into the squad as a replacement for all-rounder Hardik Pandya who was ruled out of the tournament with a back injury.

Pacemen Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-32) and Jasprit Bumrah (3-37) were also ruthless as Bangladeshi batting couldn't get going with tail-ender Mehidy Hasan top-scoring with a 50-ball 42 with two sixes and two boundaries.

Bangladesh, who were bowled out for a mere 119 against Afghanistan on Thursday, were once again off to a disastrous start during which they lost half the side for just 65 runs.

Mushfiqur Rahman, who scored a brilliant hundred against Sri Lanka, managed 21 while star batsman Shakib Al Hasan failed yet again with 17.

It could have been worse had Mehidy not put on a fighting 66-run partnership for the eighth wicket with Mashrafe Mortaza who made 26 with two sixes.

Top two teams from the Super Four will play the final in Dubai on Sept. 28.

Bangladesh add Soumya, Kayes

to struggling Asia Cup squad

Concerned over injury and the poor form of top-order batsmen, Bangladesh on Friday recalled the experienced Soumya Sarkar and Imrul Kayes to bolster their squad for the ongoing Asia Cup.

"Soumya Sarkar and Imrul Kayes have been included in the Bangladesh Asia Cup squad. They players will depart for the UAE tomorrow (Saturday)," a Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman said in a text message.

The inclusion of Soumya and Kayes came as Bangladesh were bowled out for a paltry 173 runs in their first Super Four game against India in Dubai.

Bangladesh on Thursday were bowled out for just 119 runs to suffer an embarrassing 136-run loss to Afghanistan in their last Pool B match in Abu Dhabi.

In the absence of injured Tamim Iqbal, the team's new opening pair Liton Das and Nazmul Hossain failed to deliver a good start in either match.

Tamim was ruled out of the tournament with a broken wrist after he was hit by a bouncer from Suranga Lakmal in the opening match of the tournament against Sri Lanka.

Liton has scored only 13 runs in three matches while Nazmul, who made his debut against Afghanistan, made 14 runs in his first two matches. Bangladesh face Afghanistan in their next match on Sunday.

Scoreboard

Bangladesh

Liton Das c Jadhav b Kumar 7

Nazmul Hossain c Dhawan b Bumrah 7

Shakib Al Hasan c Dhawan b Jadeja 17

Mushfiqur Rahim c Chahal b Jadeja 21

Mohammad Mithun lbw b Jadeja 9

Mahmudullah Riyad lbw b Kumar 25

Mosaddek Hossain c Dhoni b Jadeja 12

Mashrafe Mortaza c Bumrah b Kumar 26

Mehidy Hasan c Dhawan b Bumrah 42

Mustafizur Rahman c Dhawan b Bumrah 3

Rubel Hossain not out 1

Extras: (b1, nb1, w1) 3

Total: (all out; 49.1 overs) 173

Fall of wickets: 1-15 (Das), 2-16 (Nazmul), 3-42 (Shakib), 4-60 (Mithun), 5-65 (Rahim), 6-101 (Mahmudullah), 7-101 (Mosaddek), 8-167 (Mortaza), 9-169 (Hasan).

Bowling: Kumar 10-1-32-3(1w) Bumrah 9.1-1-37-3, Chahal 10-0-40-0, Jadeja 10-0-29-4 (1nb), Yadav 10-0-34-0.

India

R. Sharma not out 83

S. Dhawan lbw b Shakib 40

A. Rayudu c Rahim b Rubel 13

M. Dhoni c Mithun b Mortaza 33

D. Karthik not out 1

Extras: (lb1, nb2, w1) 4

Total: (for three wkts; 36.2 overs) 174

Did not bat: K. Jadhav, R. Jadeja, B. Kumar, K. Yadav, Y. Chahal, J. Bumrah

Fall of wickets: : 1-61 (Dhawan), 2-106 (Rayudu), 3-170 (Dhoni).

Bowling: Mortaza 5-0-30-1 (1nb, 1w), Mehidy 10-0-38-0, Rahman 7-0-40-0 (1w), Shakib 9.2-0-44-1, Rubel 5-0-21-1.


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