1st T20I: India fights for 148/6 against Bangladesh

NEW DELHI: There were no demons in the wicket, but none of the Indian hitters could play a substantial blow as the hosts settled for a par 148 below the pair of six at the opening of the International T20 against Bangladesh on Sunday.

It was a fight for the Indian hitters after they were invited to bat at the Arun Jaitley Stadium.

At the top, after the pattern. Rohit Sharma After early release, Shikhar Dhawan scored at a slow pace, achieving only 41 of 42 balls.

Dhawan, who has been struggling to find his touch since his return, was India's top scorer, but consumed seven overs before running out and affected the team's score index.

Much was expected of the young brigade of India, but except Shreyas Iyer, none received the attack by the neck.

Iyer played an entertaining blow of 13 balls and 22 runs, giving the tickets a much needed move.

The expected debut of Shivam Dube ended with just one run, while Rishabh Pant managed 27 of 26 balls.

If it had not been for some sandy blow by Washington Sundar (14 of 5 balls) and Krunal Pandya (15 of 8 balls), India would not have approached the 150-run mark.

Pacemaker Shafiul Islam (2/36) and Aminul Isam Roulette (2/22) shared four wickets between them.

The captain of India, Rohit, playing his 99th T20I, started by taking a look at Shafiul's first delivery to the border ropes and also the deck led the pacemaker for another four when the hosts started flying.

However, Islam interrupted Rohit's stay by catching him before the wicket in the fifth ball.

KL Rahul and Dhawan fought to hit freely and it cost the left-handed batter 13 balls to find his first limit against Mustafizur Rahman.

Rahul's 17-ball stay gave up only 15 runs and his shot ended with a soft dismissal.

Iyer, who has captained Delhi Capitals on IPL in this field, was put into action immediately, hitting a huge six, a spinner shot from the inside out, Aminul Islam.

The young batter continued to look for great blows and sent one to the stands of Islam while Dhawan kept fighting.

Iyer chased Aminul again, but was caught by debutant Mohammed Naim near the border ropes.

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