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Couple of days ago, Bangladesh put on a spectacular batting effort to post a 300-plus total against Pakistan in an ICC Champions Trophy warm-up game. On Tuesday, they suffered a equally disastrous batting collapse to be bowled out for just 84 in chase of 325-run target against India in the final warm-up game before the tournament begins on June 1. Bangladesh will face England in the first game on Thursday and the result against India isn’t an ideal preparation going into such a big tournament.
Indian seamers ripped apart the Bangladesh batting line-up and reduced them to 22 for six at one stage before completing the formalities for a win. Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked three wickets each while Mohammed Shami, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah picked a wicket each. R Ashwin chipped in with a wicket too.
The bowlers show was after a brilliant innings from Hardik Pandya who played an unbeaten innings of 80 runs from just 54 balls. Dinesh Karthik retired hurt after scored 94 runs and providing the platform for India.
Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field on an overcast day at The Oval and got the early benefit of some movement for the seamers. Rohit Sharma was the first wicket to fall for India as he chased a wide delivery, only to get an inside edge back on to his stumps. Ajinkya Rahane had a similar dismissal which reduced India to 21 for 2 after 6.1 overs.
But Shikhar Dhawan, who had three centuries in the last Champions Trophy in 2013, and Dinesh Karthik shared a 100-run stand for the third wicket which not only revived Indian innings but also made batting much easier for the incoming batsmen.
Dhawan fell for 60 but Karthik continued to dominate the bowlers and scored quick runs. He finally retired for 94. His knock had eight fours and a six.
But, the real onslaught began when Pandya arrived at the crease and smashed the bowlers to all-around. In his 50-ball innings, Pandya hit six fours and four sixes which propelled India to 324 for 7.
India seamers utilised the conditions to full advantage with Umesh, Shami and even Bhuvneshwar clocking over 140kpmh. Only in the fourth over, Umesh dismissed Soumay Sarkar caught behind before producing an inswinger to bowl Sabbir Rahman.
Bhuvneshwar joined the act as he had Imrul Kayes caught at square-leg. Mahmudullah was the next wicket to fall as he edged one behind. Karthik took a stunning one-handed catch to claim the wicket.
Mosaddek Hossain got an unplayable delivery from Umesh to edge it behind. Karthik took four catches in the innings as Bumrah later induced an edge off Mehedi Hasan.
Shami took the wicket of Mushfiqur Rahim, caught at point, who shared a 25-run stand with Mehedi. Ashwin and Pandya completed the formalities with a wicket each.
MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Yuvarj Singh did not bat for India but the first two players took the field. Dhoni was seen without the wicketkeeping gloves was on the field as a fielder.
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