The 2016 T20 Asia Cup kicked off in style as India had the better of hosts Bangladesh in Mirpur. Bangladesh exploited their home advantage to the fullest by laying out a lush green pitch, which could be barely differentiated from the outfield. However, that strategy seemed effective only till the 10th over of India’s innings.
Once Rohit Sharma was well set, the Bangladeshi bowlers were utterly clueless against him. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli endured rare failures as over aggression got the better of the latter. Suresh Raina was once again guilty of throwing away a start. Yuvraj Singh might not have scored heavily, but his 16 ball 15 was valuable as it gave Rohit Sharma much needed breathing space. Had Yuvraj not supported him, it could have been disastrous for India.
The surprise package for the day, though, was India’s new kid on the block, Hardik Pandya. Pandya batted a lot like West Indian Andre Russell as his big hits propelled India to a healthy total. Pandya’s 18 balls 31 was filled with an array of entertaining strokes. Sharma was dismissed for 83, but not before playing a match winning innings.
Bangladesh’s innings never got the kick and all the hosts could manage was 121 -7 in the 20 overs. Rohit Sharma was duly named the Man of the Match for his outstanding knock. Below, are the statistical highlights of the first game of the 2016 T20 Asia Cup.
1. 114. India scored 114 in their last 10 overs, to get to a healthy total.
2. 4th. Yuvraj Singh became the fourth Indian batsman to get to 1000 T20I career runs.
3. 3-0. India lead Bangladesh by a margin of 3-0 in T20I’s.
4. 12. India’s run rate after the point in innings when Rohit Sharma was dropped (10.3 overs ).
5. 47.94. Rohit Sharma averages a staggering 47.94 in T20I victories for India.