Rohit Sharma struck a scintillating 83 off 55 balls under pressure to propel India to a challenging 166 for six against Bangladesh in the opening encounter of the Asia Cup Twenty20 cricket tournament here on Wednesday.
After a disastrous start, he shouldered the responsibility and fought back by hitting seven fours and three sixes
He was complemented well by young Hardik Pandya, who smashed a quickfire 18-ball 31, including a huge six off home team’s ‘wonder boy’ Mustafizur Rahaman, and four boundaries at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.
The Rohit-Pandya stand yielded 61 runs for the fifth wicket in only 4.3overs. Their 50 run stand came off just 17 balls.
Earlier, put into bat after Dhoni lost the toss, India lost opener Shikhar Dhawan (2), Virat Kohli (8) and Suresh Raina (12) and was reduced to 42 for three.