Bengaluru, Sep 16: Gurkeerat Singh Mann starred with half century and five-wicket haul as India A thrashed Bangladesh A by 96 runs in the 1st One Dayer of the 3-match series here at M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday.
After posting 322/7 in 50 overs, Rahul Dravid coached India A bowled the opposition out for 226 runs in 42.3 overs. Gurkeerat returned with 5/29 in 7.3 overs, which are his best figures in List A matches.
Left-arm paceman S Aravind rocked Bangladesh early on with a 3-wicket burst. The visitors were reeling at 34/3 in 5.4 overs and later slumped to 87/5 (16.3 overs).
However, they made a recovery through Liton Das (75, 75 balls, 8x4, 2x6) and Nasir Hossain (52, 71 balls, 2x4, 2x6), who added 120 runs for the 6th wicket. But that was not enough.
Gurkeerat, the 25-year-old from Punjab, dismissed both Liton, Nasir and also sent back 3 other lower order batsmen.
Earlier, Gurkeerat helped India A overcome a poor start. He hit a 58-ball 65 (9x4). Sanju Samson topscored for the hosts with 73 (76 balls, 8x4). There were also half centuries from opener Mayank Agarwal (56, 70 balls, 8x4) and Rishi Dhawan (56 not out). Suresh Raina failed as he was out for just 16.
After being sent to bat, India A were reduced to 125/5 before Gurkeerat and Samson revived the innings (102-run partnership in 14.5 overs for the 6th wicket) and helped them cross the 300-run mark which looked impossible at one stage. The final flourish came from Dhawan, who smashed 56 not out off 34 balls with 8 fours and 2 sixes.
The 2nd One Dayer is at the same venue on September 18 (Friday).
Scores in brief
India A 322/7 in 50 overs (Sanju Samson 73, Gurkeerat Singh Mann 65, Mayank Agarwal 56, Rishi Dhawan 56 not out, Shafiul Islam 2/60, Nasir Hossain 2/51) beat Bangladesh A 226 all out in 42.3 overs (Liton Das 75, Nasir Hossain 52, Gurkeerat 5/29, S Aravind 3/29, Rishi Dhawan 2/51)