ICC World Cup 2019 warm-up: MS Dhoni, KL Rahul blaze to 100s !

KL Rahul’s stylish century at No.4 and a throwback to Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s good old times were the big gains for India in their emphatic 95-run win over Bangladesh in the 2nd World Cup warm-up game in Cardiff on Tuesday.

Rahul (108 off 99 balls) delivered the attack back to the rivals after early dismissals while Dhoni’s free-spirited strategy also got him a century (113 off 78 balls) as their 164-run stand up powered India to 359 for 7 against a Bangladesh attack that was off the heat.

Bangladesh batsmen barring Liton Das (73) and Mushfiqur Rahim (90), who integrated 120 runs for the 3rd wicket, were certainly not in charge. They were all-out for 264 in 49.3 overs.

If Rahul and Dhoni were the greatest positives to have come forth from batting, Kuldeep Yadav (3/47 in 10 overs) and Yuzvendra Chahal (3/55 in 10 overs) as well gained in much-needed courage getting into the match appropriate.

It absolutely was a cake walk in the for India, whose pacers Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled only 14 out of the 49.3 overs. For skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri, the most significant satisfaction has to be Rahul’s performance at No.4 . His strategy was perfect and the trustworthy attacking batting based on Shastri’s lingo was “just what the doctor ordered”.

And also what can make Rahul’s case even stronger is the fact Vijay Shankar have a forgettable match (2 off 7 balls and 0/46 in 6 overs) in both divisions.

Rahul and Dhoni had contrasting methods in their batting, which revealed favourable outcomes for the title contestants. Dhoni utilized the platform developed by Rahul to launch a intense assault in the final overs to take the score past 350.

While Shikhar Dhawan (5) was back in the hut after being adjudged plumb in-front by Mustafizur Rahaman, Rohit Sharma (19 off 42 balls) was battling for the much better part of his stay, even as skipper Kohli (47 off 46 balls) looked solid at the further end.

Rahul appeared solid from the beginning and found the gaps effortlessly, striking 12 boundaries and 4 sixes. Dhoni’s innings have 8 boundaries and as much as 7 sixes.

With the composed Dhoni combating the singles and the occasional boundary, Rahul was in his running self during his stay at the crease.

But, after the first 25 balls in which Dhoni scored 24, he all of a sudden changed gears, attacking young off-spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraj and Bangladesh were still left ducking for cover.

Rahul started out with a cut off Abu Jayed followed by an off-drive. Jayed frequently delivered him width and he beat the off-side cordon easily.

When Shakib bowled shorter, he was dispatched over the mid-wicket boundary for a maximum.

The rusty Shakib (2/58 in 6 overs) was leased out to the course of action by both Rahul and Dhoni, who got easy runs off the world’s No. 1 positioned all-rounder. Rahul hit Mustafizur (1/43 in 8 overs) for 2 sixes over square leg before being dismissed by Sabbir Rahaman’s part-time spin in the 44th over.

Dhoni after that began to take over and the last overs produced 91 runs with the veteran getting Rubel Hossain (2/62 in 8 overs) to the activity in the 45th and 47th overs, scoring 25 runs. Anywhere between, the 46th over from Sabbir fetched India 15 runs.

His century was included with a signature Dhoni six – a down the ground shot off ball from Jayed.

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