India survive rain to win ODI opener

India defeated Bangladesh by seven wickets in the rain-curtailed first one-day international in Dhaka on Sunday powered by confident half centuries from openers Ajinkya Rahane and Robin Uthappa.


The visitors reached the revised target of 150 runs off 26 overs with seven balls to spare after heavy downpours stopped play for more than two hours in the day-night clash at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.

Bangladesh, batting first, made 9-272 off 50 overs with valuable knocks from skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (59) and Shakib Al Hasan (52).

India started their chase with aplomb as Uthappa (50), making his one-day comeback after nearly six years in the wilderness, and Rahane punished loose deliveries by scoring at more than a run a ball.

“They batted really well, especially in the first 10 overs. Our bowlers also gave away a lot of loose balls,” Rahim said after the match.

Uthappa lofted paceman Ziaur Rahman for a massive six over mid-wicket to race to his sixth ODI half-century. He was eventually out leg before wicket although TV replays suggested an inside edge onto his pad.

India, who were 1-100 off 16.4 overs when the downpour started, began tentatively after the resumption but managed to reach the target with ease.

“I am very pleased with the result. Robin (Uthappa) has been batting well, and Rahane is one of the cleanest batsmen I have seen,” said Indian captain Suresh Raina.

Earlier, Rahim hit three fours and as many sixes in his 63-ball 59 while Shakib scored 52 off 58 balls.

Paceman Umesh Yadav picked 3-48 including the wicket of opener Anamul Haque for 44 which contained seven hits to the boundary.

The second and third matches of the short series will be played on Tuesday and Thursday.