Despite some nerves, Bangladesh got over the line very comfortably in 42.5 overs with Islam (94 off 90 balls) defending the Indian attack with an attractive innings.
However, it was Maroof who started India’s bad day with a brilliant opening spell. He took 4 for 41. The bowler found some bounce and swing up front to reduce India to 13 for 3 inside seven overs. Openers Adarsh Singh, Arshin Kulkarni and skipper Uday Sahara returned without bothering the scorers much.
But Mushir and Abhishek shared an 84-run alliance for the seventh wicket to lift India from a perilous 61 for 6. They batted fluently and Mushir brought up his fifty off 59 balls with one long over. Abhishek beat Sheikh Gibbon for a huge six over long-on to reach his fifty off 64 balls.
However, both batsmen left without building further as India sank to a modest total.
Ariful was a bit cautious initially but once he found his range, the right-hander played some delicious shots around the park to deny the Indian bowlers for long. Bangladesh lost a few more points in the end, but that only created artificial excitement.