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Rahul, Dhoni hit tons as India post facile win over Bangladesh


India’s MS Dhoni hits a six against Bangladesh during their warm-up match in Cardiff on Tuesday. Agence France-Presse

Cardiff: Riding on a brilliant century by KL Rahul and a dominant 113 by old warhorse MS Dhoni India defeat Bangladesh by 95 runs in their final World Cup warm-up match in Cardiff on Tuesday.

Batting first, the Indians finished on 359/7 in their 50 overs while chasing Bangladesh could manage only 264.

Earlier, skipper Virat Kohli scored a quick-fire 46-ball 47 after the openers fell cheaply. ODI deputy Rohit Sharma managed 19, opening partner Shikhar Dhawan scored just 1. The much spoken about Vijay Shankar also managed just 2 as the Indian scoreboard read a scary 102/4 at one stage. But the 164-run partnership between Rahul (108) and Dhoni ensured that another embarrassing collapse was avoided.

Even though Rahul scored a century, it wasn’t before he played and missed quite a few. In fact, while the Indian team management decided to stick with Rahul at the much-debated no.4 slot, it would have been interesting to see whether a bowling attack with better penetration would have let Rahul fly away to a century after a start that saw him woefully short on confidence.

The sun peeping through the clouds and Dhoni’s acumen also helped as the former Indian skipper looked to ease pressure off Rahul by taking the attack to the Bangladesh spinners. In fact, it almost looked like the Dhoni of old as he used the depth of the crease to perfection against the Bangaldesh spinners. But then, these warm-up matches are to fine-tune the areas that need attention. And going by the form of the Indian batsmen in the top half, there is plenty to worry for skipper Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri.

Dhawan was the first to go as he was trapped plumb in front after he planted his foot across the line of the ball from Mustafizur Rahman. His worry with the one that leaves the left-hander was clearly behind his undoing in this case.

In case of Rohit, it has to be more of disappointment and frustration at the way he chopped one onto his stumps due to his inability to read the slowness of the ball. Trying a pull off the front foot, he looked to have played the shot a tad bit early.

Kohli’s dismissal was against the run of play and it doesn’t and it was a case of over attacking. While it is no justification, but then, Kohli’s form is definitely not a worry when it comes to adapting to English conditions. But Shankar’s typical dismissal behind the wicket off pacer Rubel Hossain will definitely be a cause for concern. Trying to play at one too close to leave, all Shankar managed was an edge to the keeper.


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