After demolishing Pakistan in their previous encounter, the Indian cricket team maintained their unbeaten record in the tournament after they steamrolled Bangladesh in the Super Fours of the 2018 Asia Cup in Dubai on Friday.
Skipper Rohit Sharma led from the front with an outstanding unbeaten half-century which made the paltry target of 171 set by Bangladesh seem like a walk in the park. Such was India's dominance that they finished the innings with 13 overs to spare, before the Men in Blue rode on left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja's magical spell of 4/29 in the first innings when India won the toss and opted to field.
Ravindra Jadeja who was left out in the cold for 14 months, couldn't have asked for better way to mark his return back to India's ODI squad. The left-arm spinner showed that the fire still burns in him after he reduced the Bangladeshi middle order into ashes. Jaddu took the key wickets of Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim , Mohammad Mithun and Mosaddek Hossain.
Jadeja was well complimented by his bowling unit comprising of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, who wrecked havoc through the Bangladeshi top-order by removing openers Liton Das and Nazmul Hossain Shanto in the first five overs. The pace duo managed to claim 3 wickets each to their name.
Even though, Bangladeshi were left reeling and clueless against a relentless Indian bowling attack, Mahmudullah and Mosaddek Hossain, displayed some sensible batting to save the Bangla Tigers from some major embarrassment and post a decent target.
Then, Rohit Sharma walked onto the pitch and does what he knows best - score runs! The Hitman's 83 runs innings had an imprint of both majestic and sublime shots. The Bangladeshi bowlers were all over the park as the Indian skipper chased down the target of 172 runs with ease, only losing three wickets of Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni during the chase.
The Indian openers, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan were off to a brilliant start partnering for a solid 61 runs for the first wicket, before the southpaw was dismissed after he was trapped in front of the stumps by left-armer Shakib Al Hasan.
Thereafter, Ambati Rayudu joined the Indian skipper, but his stint at the crease was short-lived after he departed for 13 runs after being caught behind off pacer Rubel Hossain. With India already cruising to victory, Mahendra Singh was promoted up the order.
The talismanic wicket-keeper batsman played perfect second fiddle to Rohit Sharma, who hammered Shakib for three sixes to reach his 36th ODI fifty. Dhoni soon joined the party, as he knocked consecutive boundaries to get India past the 150-run mark and bring up the 50 run stand.
Dhoni, was not done yet, he wanted to go ahead and finish the innings to style with a six, but his efforts saw him gift away his wicket with just 4 runs shy of victory. Dinesh Karthik, then joined the skipper to complete the formalities.