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Ravindra Jadeja back with a bang

Published Sep 22, 2018, 12:21 am IST
Updated Sep 22, 2018, 12:21 am IST
Left-arm spinner takes four on ODI comeback to bowl Bangla out for 173.
India’s Ravindra Jadeja celebrates a Bangladesh wicket in the Asia Cup in Dubai on Friday.  (Photo:AFP)
 India’s Ravindra Jadeja celebrates a Bangladesh wicket in the Asia Cup in Dubai on Friday. (Photo:AFP)

Dubai: Ravindra Jadeja made a roaring return to limited overs cricket with a four-wicket haul, helping India dismiss Bangladesh for 173 in a Super Four match of the Asia Cup here on Friday.

The all-rounder, 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. Bangladesh batsmen faltered again, having come a cropper in the run chase against Afghanistan on Thursday night. 

The seasoned pace duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/32) and Jasprit Bumrah (3/37) too made life tough for the opposition. The saving grace for Bangladesh was the 66-run stand for the eighth wicket between Mehidy Hasan Miraz (42 off 50) and captain Mashrafe Mortaza (26 off 32) before the team was all out in 49.1 overs. 

Bangladesh, who lost to Afghanistan less than 24 hours ago and had to take the 90-minute journey from Abu Dhabi to Dubai, paid the price for reckless batting. They lost their openers Liton Das (7) and Nazmul Hossain Shanto (7) by the sixth over.

From 15 for two, the experienced pairing of Shakib Al Hasan (21) and Mushfuqir Rahim had a task of rebuilding the innings but the former fell to a loose shot off Jadeja. 

The star Bangladesh all-rounder, having hit Jadeja for two boundaries in the 10th over, went for another one but his sweep went straight into the hands of Shikhar Dhawan at square leg. Jadeja grabbed the opportunity with both hands. 

He removed M. Mithun in typical fashion for his second wicket. Later, he sent back Rahim, leaving Bangladesh in deep trouble. 



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