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India defeated Bangladesh by 45 runs in Asia Cup opener

Mirpur, Feb 25: India defeated Bangladesh by 45 runs in the opening match of the Asia Cup here on Wednesday.

India posted 166 for six and then restricted Bangladesh to 121 runs for the loss of seven wickets.

Sabbir Rahman, hitting two boundaries and equal number of sixes, remained the top scorer for the side with his 44.

The rest of the Bangladeshi batsmen failed to match up with the pace needed to reach the target.

Mushfiqur Rahim (16*), Soumya Sarkar (11) and Imrul Kayes (13) could not convert the start they got early in their innings.

Ashish Nehra remained the pick of the Indian bowlers and took three wickets for the loss of 23 runs.

Asked to bat first by Bangladesh, India put up 166 runs in the inaugural match of the Asia Cup, here on Wednesday.

India lost 6 wickets in the process.

The visitors lost early wickets and were in a precarious position until a quickfire 50 plus partnership between Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya bailed them out.

India could not not score 60 in the first 10 but made a strong comeback in the back ten.

Hardik played a crucial quickfire knock of 31 off 18 runs.

Sharma scored 81 runs.

India’s skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit a six in the last ball of their innings to take the score to 166 runs.

For Bangladesh, Al-amin Hossain was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up 3 wickets.

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