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India beat Bangladesh in 20-20 opener, Yuvraj, Ojha fashion strong win

By Super Admin

Nottingham (England), June 7 (ANI): Telling knocks of 50 by opener Gautam Gambhir and 41 by middle-order bat Yuvraj Singh, besides a four wicket haul by left arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, helped India fashion a convincing 25 run win over Bangladesh at Trent Bridge in their first match of the Twenty20 World Cup on Saturday evening.

India scored 180 for 5 and in reply, Bangladesh scored 155 for 8.

It took Yuvraj 18 balls to undo 10 overs' of hard work by Bangladesh that had pulled India back after another solid start from Gautam Gambhir and Rohit Sharma. It took Pragyan Ojha five balls to undo their eight overs of keeping pace with a stiff total.

For Bangladesh, the stars were Junaid Siddique and Shakib Al Hasan.

The match started with Gambhir and Rohit continuing to ensure that India didn't miss the injured opener Virender Sehwag.

Rohit batted like a seasoned Twenty20 opener and took charge after Gambhir had got off to a quick start with a square-cut boundary off the second ball of the match.

India reached 54 in the first six overs, with Rohit scoring 32 off 18. Mohammad Ashraful immediately introduced spin, and Rohit got out trying to dominate them.

MS Dhoni came out first drop, but Shakib slowed things down with a three-over spell that went for 17 and included Rohit's wicket.

Yuvraj carried out an assault that broke Bangladeshi hearts - and resistance. After his dismissal, Bangladesh then clawed their way back, keeping Suresh Raina and Yusuf Pathan quiet.

Irfan Pathan smote a six and a four to post a challenging total.

That final assault wasn't enough to deflate Bangladesh's confidence. (ANI)

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    Story first published: Sunday, June 7, 2009, 11:29 [IST]
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