New Delhi:Bolstered by the knocks from Suresh Raina and Gautam Gambhir, India achieved the target of 284 runs comfortably and beat Bangladesh by seven wickets in their Asia Cup encounter in Karachi.
Suresh Raina, continuing with his purple patch, slammed his second ODI hundred and saw India home along with Yuvraj Singh. He hit eleven fours and three sixes. Raina had struck his maiden hundred against Hong Kong earlier in the tournament. For his consistent run, Raina picked his third 'Man of the Match' award.
Coming at a crunch situation, Raina added 139 runs with Gautam Gambhir for the third wicket and reinforced India's position before Gambhir fell to Farhad Reza. Playing an anchor's role for India after early shocks, Gautam Gambhir made 90 runs. After Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh came into bat and lived up to his reputation of a finisher. He made 36 runs with the help two fours and two sixes.
Bangladesh's pacer bowler Shahadat Hossain gave double blow to India early in their innings. Opening in place of Virender Sehwag, Robin Uthappa failed to survive and was bowled for just two runs. Rohit Sharma was next to depart. He made 22 runs and added 42 runs with Gautam Gambhir.
Earlier, with the help of 115 runs from Alok Kapali, Bangladesh made a challenging total of 283 runs against India at the loss of six wickets in Karachi. This was Bangladesh's highest total against India.
Alok Kapali (115) slammed his maiden One-Day International hundred. He struck boundaries at his will and slammed the fastest hundred by any Bangladesh batsman. Indian fielding was as helpful to him as his own luck. He survived a couple of chances. He had a 112-run partnership with Mahmudullah for the sixth wicket. Kapali's whirlwind innings was put to an end only in the last over by Manpreet Gony.
Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha made an impressive international debut as he picked two wickets and took three good catches. Raqibul Hasan was his first victim whom he removed for 25 runs. Mushfiqur Rahim fell as his second wicket for 22 runs.
Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal smashed his second ODI half-century against India before Ishant Sharma dismissed him. His first fifty had come against India for a winning cause in the World Cup 2007 that had seen India out of the tournament.