India suffered a humiliating defeat against New Zealand in their opening warm-up game in England and knew they had to play well in their second and final warm-up game against Bangladesh. The men in blue did exactly that as they won in convincing fashion as both the batting and bowling came good.
KL Rahul And MS Dhoni Hit Centuries
The form of R Sharma and S Dhawan will be a concern for Team India as both openers once again failed. Captain Kohli looked in good touch and fell just short of a half century (47). KL Rahul who has taken the number 4 position played brilliantly and scored 108 in 99 balls. His innings included 4 sixes and 12 fours with a strike rate of 109.
V Shankar who was initially expected to take the number 4 position came in at number 5 and went back quickly scoring just 2. Rahul formed a partnership with MS Dhoni who dominated the innings scoring 113 with a strike rate of 144. Dhoni hit 7 sixes and 8 fours and looked to be in sublime touch which is good news for Team India.
Indian Spinners Run Through Bangladesh
India put on 359 on the board and it was always going to be a tall order for Bangladesh to chase it down. L Das at the top of the innings looked good (73) and so did M Rahim who scored (90). However, the rest of the batsmen offered little resistance and found it difficult to score runs of the Indian spinners.
K Yadav and Y Chahal picked up 3 wickets each and R Jadeja chipped in with 1 wicket. J Bumrah was the only pacer who managed to take 2 wickets as B Kumar and M Shami bowled tight but did not take any wickets. Bangladesh could only manage to reach 264 as they lost their last wicket in the final over.
Positives For Team India
The number four position has been the biggest concern for India and it looks like KL Rahul has locked it in with this century. Kohli played down concerns regarding the form of his opening batsmen saying that they had the habit of stepping up in ICC events and he backs them to do just that.
It looks like India might play either V Shankar or D Karthik in their first match against South Africa on June 5 as K Jadhav did not feature in the game against Bangladesh.