Cardiff, May 28 : Riding on Lokesh Rahul 108 runs off 99 balls and former skipper MS Dhoni 113 runs off 78 balls powered Men in blue to post a mammoth total of 359/7 in the warm-up match here against Bangladesh on Tuesday.
After being 102/4 at the end of the 22nd over, they finished with a massive 359/7. Both Rahul and Dhoni took on Bangladeshi bowlers and hit them to all parts of the park and ensured that India end up with a really strong total on the board.
Put into bat, Indian team got a shock when Shikhar Dhawan walked back to the pavilion in the second over just scoring five runs. He was LBW by Mustafizur Rahman.
However, Rohit Sharma stitched a 45 runs partnership with Skipper Virat Kohli for the second wicket and help India to reach 50 runs mark. But this partnership couldn't continue for a long and Bangladesh got a chance to celebrate as they dismissed Rohit on a score of 19 runs off 42 balls. Rohit’s journey was brought to an end by Rubel Hossain, who bowled a short length ball outside off, Rohit played a lazy pull but the ball does not bounced as much as he expected and the ball went off the under edge and onto the stumps. Rohit left Indian team on a score 50/3 in 13.3 overs
Kohli too played well and added 33 runs with Lokesh Rahul for the third wicket. Kohli scored 47 runs off 46 balls with the help of five fours.
Vijay Shankar, who was in the headlines for his injury, failed to score for his team and got out on a score of two runs. He was caught by Mushfiqur Rahim on Rubel Hossain's ball in 22nd over.
Rahul was later joined by Dhoni and the duo stitched a 164 runs for the fifth wicket and took Indian team and guided Indian to post a huge total. However, Rahul was dismissed by Sabbir Rahman. He scored 108 runs with the help of 12 fours and four sixes. Rahul played that onto his stumps and he left the ground amidst standing ovation from the crowd.
Hardik Pandya (21) and Dhoni later added 57 runs for the sixth wicket to their team's total and took India from 266 runs to 325. Pandya caught by Sabbir Rahman on Shakib Al Hasan's ball in 47.3 overs.
Dhoni’s journey came to an end as he was dismissed by Shakib. Dhoni missed the line and the ball rattled his stumps. Dhoni departed for 113 runs in 49.2 overs.
For Bangladesh, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Shakib Al Hasan and Sabbir Rahman took one wicket each, while Shakib Al Hasan and Rubel Hossain took two wickets. Hossain spent 62 runs. (UNI)