Dhaka: Virat Kohli (102 not out) continued his good form to guide India to a convincing 6-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the 6th ODI of the tri-series in Dhaka.
India complete yet another clinical and convincing victory beating Bangladesh by 6 wickets in the dead rubber. It went just the way India wanted, they did not give the home side any chance of salvaging some pride in the final league match.
As seen in the series, most of the match results have been toss driven. India won the toss today, kept the home side to 247 and completed the chase with complete ease in 43 overs.
Gambhir (41) and Karthik (34) gave a steady start. Dhoni (32) played a handy knock in the middle around Kohli (102*) who looked in sublime touch. Towards the end, Raina (18*) did well to give the youngster more of the strike, helping him reach his second ODI hundred as both took their side home safely.
Virat Kohli was hence awarded the Man of the Match. Naeem Islam was the only positive for Bangladesh today, picking up two big wickets with good figures. With this win, India move to the top of the table and will now meet Sri Lanka in the finals on the 13th of January, Wednesday. It was a disappointing series for the home side but I am sure, they will have a lot of positives to take out of it and show that they are an improving side.
Earlier, put in to bat, Bangladesh batsmen struggled against a disciplined Indian bowling attack but the hosts rode on a late flourish to inch close to the 250-mark.
Captain Shakib Al Hasan top-scored with a 97-ball 85 which he made with the help of eight fours and a six while in-form Mohammad Mahmudullah chipped in with an unbeaten 80-ball 64 which was studded with five fours and a six.
The duo's 106-run stand from 128 balls for the sixth wicket was the cornerstone of the Bangladesh innings which was tottering at 95 for five in the 24th over.
Shakib, who came in the 14th over when his side was three down for 60, kept one end together till the 46th over when he was out while trying to play a scoop shot off Ashish Nehra only to mistime it as the ball landed into the gloves of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Nehra, who came in for Zaheer Khan, was the pick up Indian bowler with two wickets though he was a tad expensive, conceding 58 runs from his 10 overs. Part-timer Yuvraj Singh was the most impressive bowler with one wicket for 33 while pacers Sudeep Tyagi (1-24) and S Sreesanth (1-53) chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Young Tyagi had an impressive five-over first spell giving away just 12 runs with one wicket but he ended conceding 24 from his six overs as Shakib pasted him for three fours in the 45th over. India bled 95 runs in the last 10 overs.
Already out of contention, Bangladesh began their innings with clear intention that they would go for shots. Opener Imrul Kayes smashed Sreesanth for two fours in the second over itself but fell next over while trying to play a shot too many. Imrul slashed an angled delivery from Tyagi onto the hands of point fielder Virat Kohli for nine.
Bangladesh: 247 for 6 (Shakib 85, Mahmudullah 64*, Nehra 2-58)
India: 249 for 4 (Kohli 102*, Naeem Islam 2-35)
Result: India won by 6-wickets
MOM: Virat Kohli (India)