ICC Champions Trophy India after big win in warm-up
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India beat Bangladesh by 240 runs and look in fine form ahead of the Champions Trophy © Getty
On the face of it, India will be extremely pleased with the way their outing against Bangladesh panned out in the ICC Champions Trophy warm-up clash at the Kennington Oval on Tuesday (May 30). They have every right to feel so – their main batsmen weren’t required – the likes of Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya and Shikhar Dhawan had good outings and they were able to test themselves in slightly demanding conditions under the overcast skies of London. Most boxes were ticked on the batting front as well as on the bowling front but the selection conundrum continued ahead of the clash against Pakistan on June 4.
Yuvraj Singh (fitness permitting) should walk in into the playing XI but Karthik presented a strong case for himself. And then there’s more – play both R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja or persist with Pandya and drop one spinner. It’s something the think-tank will have a tough time to decide. And if they do decide to play both spinners and persist with Pandya, which pacer – Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav or Mohammed Shami – to drop? It’s the kind of headache most teams will welcome.
Coming back to the game, Karthik’s 94 off 77 before retiring out, a 67-ball 60 from Dhawan and a belligerent 80 off 54 from Hardik Pandya helped India post 324 for 7 after being asked to bat. The bowlers then came up with a clinical show to complete a 240-run win as Bangladesh folded for just 84. Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar impressed with three-wicket hauls, while the rest of the bowlers enjoyed some valuable game time as India cantered to victory.
Rohit Sharma was undone in the second over when he chopped back a wide one back onto the stumps off Rubel Hussain. Anjinkya Rahane looked promising during his short stay and played some fluent drives before he too inside edged one back to the stumps.
At 21 for 2, India were presented with an situation from where they could test themselves. With the ball doing a bit, they needed a period of watchful play from their batsmen. Dhawan and Karthik did just that as they started the resurrection job. Content with hard earned singles and couples, an odd boundary here and there, they settled in to ease the nerves in the dressing room. However, it wasn’t long before they achieved a satisfying fluency and started manoeuvring the bowling with ease.
The 100-run stand between these two put India in a comfortable position but Dhawan fell, caught at midwicket, trying to loft Sunzamul Islam over the in field. Kedar Jadhav and Karthik then gave the innings the much-needed impetus in the middle overs with a dominating 75-run stand in the next ten overs.
Jadhav was bowled by Islam before Karthik retired out after 35 overs, leaving the platform perfectly placed for the finishers in the team to do their job. With Yuvraj still struggling to reach full fitness and MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli not electing to bat, it was upto Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja to give the innings a fitting finish India wanted.
Sent in with 15 overs to go and given a chance to build an innings, Pandya did some serious damage and did well to exploit Bangladesh’s struggle at the death.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, will also be touch disappointed with the way their seamers failed to make use of the conditions presented to them early on. India lost just two wickets and were comfortably able to rebuild after that as they pacers lacked the penetration needed to rattle the Indian batting line-up.
With a steep chase ahead of them, the batting, sans Tamim Iqbal for this game, crumbled leaving plenty of issues for them. Soon into the chase, they were reduced to 25 for 6 with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav picking three wickets apiece. With the ball doing just enough, the top order was found wanting and had little answers. It also left a big question mark over their technique to tackle such conditions.
Mushfiqur Rahim resisted for 18 deliveries before he was dismissed by Shami in the 13th over, leaving their chase in disarray and Bangladesh at 47 for 7. After the early slump the result was a forgone conclusion, leaving the two teams with different headaches. India have a problem of plenty while Bangladesh will need to bounce back from a moral-sapping defeat to be in the right frame of mind in the clash against England on June 1.
Brief scores: India 324/7 in 50 overs (Dinesh Karthik 94, Hardik Pandya 80*, Shikhar Dhawan 60) beat Bangladesh 84/10 in 23.5 overs (Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3-13, Umesh Yadav 3-16) by 240 runs.