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India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja starred in his ODI return as he took four wickets to lead his side to a seven-wicket win over Bangladesh.
Prior to this match, Jadeja had not played ODI cricket since July last year.
Choosing to bowl first, India got the early breakthrough they were looking for as Bangladesh opener Liton Das was caught by Kedar Jadhav at deep backward square leg off the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar for seven runs.
Nazmul Hossain Shanto also scored runs before he was caught by Shikhar Dhawan at slip off the bowling of Jasprit Bumrah.
Bangladesh managed to add 26 runs to their score before Shakib Al Hasan was caught by Dhawan at square leg off the bowling of Jadeja for 17.
Jadeja then proceeded to take out Mohammad Mithun and Mushfiqur Rahim, which left Bangladesh in serious trouble at 65/5.
Mahmudullah and Mosaddek Hossain temporarily stemmed the bleeding as they amassed a 36-run partnership before Mahmudullah was given out lbw off the bowling of Kumar for 25.
However, Mahmudullah should not have been given out since he edged the ball into his pad. However, since Mithun used up the only review Bangladesh had, Mahmudullah could not challenge the on-field decision.
Mosaddek ended up falling for 12, but Mehidy Hasan Miraz and captain Mashrafe Mortaza came to the rescue with a 66-run partnership.
Mortaza went on to make 26 before being dismissed by Kumar, while Mehidy scored 42 before he was sent packing by Bumrah.
Bangladesh were eventually bowled out for 173 when Mustafizur Rahman was removed by Bumrah for three runs.
Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Bumrah and Kumar snapped up three wickets apiece.
Chasing 174 to win, India made a great start to their innings as Dhawan and captain Rohit Sharma forged a 61-run partnership before Dhawan was trapped lbw off the bowling of Shakib for 40.
Rohit and Ambati Rayudu added 45 runs to the score, during which Rohit brought up his fifty, before Rayudu was caught behind off the bowling of Rubel Hossain for 13.
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Rohit and MS Dhoni kept the runs flowing with a 64-run stand before Dhoni was dismissed by Mortaza for 33.
Despite this, Rohit led India to victory with 82 balls to spare thank to his unbeaten 83, which came off 104 balls and included five boundaries and three sixes.
Shakib, Rubel and Mortaza claimed one wicket each.
Mortaza was disappointed to have lost, and said: “I think you still have to back yourself. Not a bad wicket to bat on. We could have made 250-260 but we kept losing wickets. It may have been better to bat in the second half, but 260-270 was still gettable. If you score 170, it’s a difficult ask of the bowlers. The batsmen need to take responsibility, especially after failing to score in back-to-back matches. The next match is against a tough team with good bowlers. We need to bat well.”
Rohit was delighted to have won, and said: “It was a clinical performance from the start. We bowled very well and we always knew it was going to be better batting under the lights. Very good from everyone. It was important on a pitch like that to rotate the bowlers and now allow the batsmen to settle.
“We wanted to rotate the bowlers in shorter spells. It was a challenge for us, but I think they responded well. We always knew if we stuck to tight lines, the wickets would come.
“Jadeja, playing an ODI after a long time, to come out and bowl like that was a great effort from him. Great effort from everyone, I don’t want to single out anyone. Once you’re in, you got to make sure you bat as long and as deep as possible. We got to go back and recover. Tomorrow is a day off. Hope to repeat the same performance against Pakistan.”
Jadeja was named Man of the Match, and said: “Yeah, very happy. Playing after a long time. I always wanted to make a mark, and whenever I get the chance, I play to my potential and do my best. That finally happened today and I’m very happy.
“Kuldeep and Chahal were putting pressure on the batsmen and I was getting the wickets. I need to play my role in every match and look forward to doing well against Pakistan and in the other crucial matches.”