Indian opener Rohit Sharma blasted 83 off 55 balls as India defeated Bangladesh by 45 runs in the inaugural match of the Asia Cup 2016 on Wednesday in Dhaka.
Put into bat first, India made 166 for 6 thanks to that Rohit innings while an Ashish Nehra-inspired India bowling restricted the Tigers to 121 for 7, as the Indians made the perfect start to the tourney.
Winning the toss at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mashrafe opted to bowl first and his bowlers took no time to vindicate his decision.
After Taskin Ahmed gave only two runs in the dangerous-looking first over, Al-Amin bowled Dhawan in the second over while Mashrafe made Kohli give a soft catch to Mahmudullah in the fifth over.
Mahmudullah bowled Suresh Raina soon afterwards, but Rohit and Yuvraj Singh then made 55 to steer the ship. Yuvraj contributed only 15 in that 55 before being sent to the pavillion by Shakib Al Hasan, but Rohit and Hardik Pandya then hit the ball all over the park to take India beyond 150.
Man-of-the-match Rohit hit seven fours and three sixes in his vital innings while Pandya hit 31 in just 18 balls with four fours and a six.
Al-Amin bagged two wickets in the last over to check the runs, as he ended the day with three wickets, the highest for the Tigers.
Chasing 167, Tigers lost wickets on regular interval as none of the hosts batsmen barring Sabbir Rahman could make any meaningful contribution.
Sabbir fought alone, hitting 44 off 32 balls with two fours and two sixes, but that was not enough to trouble the Indians.
After the fall of the seventh wicket on 100, Mushfiqur Rahim (16) and Taskin (15) tried their best to make it look like a respectable defeat.
Nehra was the wrecker-in-chief, bagging three wickets for the victors, conceding only 23 runs