India topple Tigers

India got their World T20 title defence off to the ideal start with a 25-run victory over Bangladesh in Nottingham..

The India batsman all contributed, but it was an 18-ball 41 from Yuvraj Singh that took the total from a competitive one to a formidable 180.

India openers Gautam Gambhir and Rohit Sharma punished some wayward bowling early in their innings, and put on 59 before a set Sharma had his middle stump pegged back.

Gambhir and MS Dhoni kept the momentum going, putting on 53 for the second wicket, but the latter got too close to a flighted delivery, which dipped under his bat and hit his stumps.

Gambhir followed shortly afterwards for 50, but Singh refused to let the fall of those wicket dictate the way he played. The left hander smashed three fours and four sixes in his magnificent stand. There was still time for Irfan Pathan to crack a boundary and six to set up a tough run chase for Bangladesh.

Bangladesh never looked like hauling in the target, losing wickets at regular intervals. They struggled against the slow bowling of Pragyan Ojha, who finished with four wickets. There was some resistance from Junaid Siddique, who played very well for his 41 which included two fours and three sixes, but he found no support from his teammates.

Bangladesh eventually succumbed fairly tamely for 155-8, with India making a good start in their title defence.

India 180-5 (20 overs)
Gautam Gambhir 50, Yuvraj Singh 41
Bangladesh 155-8 (20 overs)
Junaid Siddique 41, Pragyan Ojha 4-21
India won by 25 runs
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