Jadeja roars on comeback

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 22 Sep 2018 11:25:29




INDIA captain Rohit Sharma played another classy knock after comeback man Ravindra Jadeja picked up a four-wicket haul to set up a seven-wicket win over Bangladesh in their opening Super Four match at the Asia Cup here on Friday.All-rounder Jadeja made a roaring return to limited overs cricket, helping India dismiss Bangladesh for 173 after Rohit opted to chase at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

India then cruised to victory in 36.2 overs courtesy Rohit, who struck an unbeaten 83 off 104 balls, his second consecutive fifty plus score of the tournament. He was all class in his delightful innings that comprised five fours and three huge sixes on the leg-side. Rohit and MS Dhoni (33 off 37) shared a 64-run stand before the former India captain gave his wicket away towards the end.India play their next Super Four game against Pakistan on Sunday.

India were hardly trouble in the chase after Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan (40 off 47) provided a solid start with a 61-run stand. Dhawan, like in the game against Pakistan, looked in good touch but was not able play a long innings. Rohit changed gears after Dhawan’s departure. He brought his 36th ODI fifty with a towering hit off Shakib Al Hasan over deep mid-wicket.

The captain’s form augurs well for India going forward into the competition. Dhoni too got much needed time in the middle, having not batted against Pakistan on Wednesday. The former captain had failed to open his account against Hong Kong in the team’s tournament opener.

Dhoni wanted to finish off the game with a boundary but could only find the fielder at sweeper cover. Earlier, Jadeja, playing his first ODI since July 2017, broke the backbone of Bangladesh batting with his accurate left-arm spin and ended with impressive figures of four for 29 in 10 overs.