India Win Rain-Hit Opener

Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane top scored for India as they beat Bangladesh
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India 153-3 (Rahane 64, Uthappa 50) beat
Bangladesh 272-9 by seven wickets (D/L)
First One-Day International, Dhaka

India beat Bangladesh by seven wickets on the Duckworth/Lewis method in a rain-affected opening One-Day International in Dhaka.

Stand-in captain Suresh Raina led his side to victory after they were set a revised target of 150 to win in 26 overs following Bangladesh's innings of 273 for nine.

Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan scored half-centuries for the home side before Ajinkya Rahane and Robin Uthappa did likewise for the tourists.

The game was halted for almost three hours due to rain during the second innings, but following the resumption, India got home with seven balls to spare.

India handed debuts to bowlers Parvez Rasool and Akshar Patel with Uthappa playing his first ODI since 2008 but it was Umesh Yadav who gave them the perfect start with the wickets of Tamim Iqbal (0) and Mominul Haque (6).

Bangladesh then launched a recovery through Anamul Haque's 44 in 60 balls before Mushfiqur, who hit 59 in 63 and Shakib, who made 52 in 58, scored at a quicker pace to lay the foundations for a competitive score.

Off-spinner Rasool removed Anamul and Mushfiqur to return two for 60 and left-arm spinner Patel dismissed Mashrafe Mortaza late on to grab his maiden international wicket.

Mahmudullah (41), Nasir Hossain (22) and Abdur Razzak (16 not out) also added late runs for Bangladesh while Yadav struck again to finish with three for 48, Amit Mishra took two for 55 and Suresh Raina one for 24.

Uthappa, top scorer in the recently-concluded Indian Premier League, then smacked 50 in 44 balls and Rahane 64 in 70 as they put on 99 together in 16.1 overs.

Soon after, the rain arrived and it looked as if the game would end prematurely before it eventually cleared and India's target was reduced accordingly.

Cheteshwar Pujara fell for a five-ball duck, trapped in front by Shakib and after Rahane fell to Mortaza to make it 135 for three, there was a sliver of hope for Bangladesh, but they were denied by Ambati Rayudu (16 not out) and Raina (15 not out) in the end.

The second match is in two days.

© Cricket World 2014

Fixtures & Results
15th June: 1st ODI, Dhaka
India 153-3 (Rahane 64, Uthappa 50) beat
Bangladesh 272-9 by seven wickets (D/L)
17th June: 2nd ODI, Dhaka
India 105 (Taskin Ahmed 5-28) beat
Bangladesh 58 (Binny 6-4) by 47 runs (D/L)
19th June: 3rd ODI, Dhaka
India 119-9 (Shakib Al Hasan 3-27) v Bangladesh
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