The green wave that swept the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here on Wednesday night and the green top on offer couldn't change the fortunes of the 'Men in Green' as they went down to India by 45 runs in their Asia Cup opener. A Rohit Sharma special (83; 55 balls, 4x7, 3x6), coupled with a good all-round show by Hardik Pandya (31 off 18 with the willow and 1-23 with the ball) were enough to silence the partisan crowd which had turned up in full strength.
In pursuit of a stiff target of 167, Bangladesh started off poorly losing their openers Soumya Sarkar (11, 1x4) and Mohammad Mithun (1) in quick succession before Sabbir Rahman (44, 2x4, 2x6) and Imrul Kayes (14, 1x4) added 35 in 6.3 overs to halt India's charge for a while.
With Bangladesh needing 116 in the last 10 overs, Shakib Al Hasan walked in. However, a miscommunication in the middle with Sabbir led to Shakib (3) being run out in the 13th over, which pretty much ended Bangladesh's chase as they managed just 121-7 from their quota of 20 overs. For India, Ashish Nehra (3-23) was the wrecker in chief, operating on a tight channel and not giving away any easy runs. Jasprit Bumrah and R Ashwin ended with identical figures of 1-23 each.