Indian men won their last warm-up fixture against Bangladesh squad at Cardiff Stadium as the blue tigers defeated the opponents by 95 runs on Tuesday. The credit of the astonishing win before the starting of grand tournament goes to perfect finisher MS Dhoni and young player of Indian cricket team KL Rahul as both the players have taken the responsibility of India’s victory on their shoulder. Their record-breaking partnership of 164 runs lead the team to successful win.
Both Dhoni and Rahul smashed incredible centuries to seal the match with a perfect finish. While top-order batsman, KL Rahul who batted at number four position made 108 runs off 99 balls before losing his wicket to all-rounder cricketer Sabbir Rahman, Dhoni scored 113 runs off just 78 balls along with eight boundaries and seven sixes to set the commendable target of 360 runs.
While praising KL Rahul’s brilliant efforts during the game Indian team captain, Virat Kohli said, “the biggest positive to come out of this game was the way KL batted at four. All the other people know their role pretty well, so it was important that KL gets runs because he is such a sound player”.
Earlier, in their first warm-up match, Indian cricketers lost to New Zealand squad by six wickets as the blue team had witnessed the fall of wickets rapidly. India set the target of 180 runs for three-time runners up and chasing down such a paltry target in 50 overs was like a child-play for New Zealand. The skipper of New Zealand’s squad, Kane Williamson played amazing knock of 67 runs off 87 balls which was later followed by Ross Taylor’s 71 off 75 balls which helped their side to reach closer to the target and clinch the win.
Indian tigers will open their prestigious tournament against South Africa at Rose Bowl Cricket Ground on June 5 whereas Bangladesh will start their campaign on June 2 against South Africa at The Oval Stadium.
Take a look at brief scores of last warm-up fixture between India and Bangladesh:
Brief Scores (India vs Bangladesh): India 359/7 (MS Dhoni 113, KL Rahul 108, Rubel Hossain 2-62) defeat Bangladesh 264 all out (Mushfiqur Rahim 90, Liton Das 73, Kuldeep Yadav 3-47) by 95 runs.