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  • Ojha's four helps India win by 25 runs

    India began the defense of their World Twenty20 title in style.They beat Bangladesh by defending their total of 180, which seemed a par score for the friendly batting conditions at Trent Bridge.

    Pragyan Ojha’s 4-21 —the best figures by an Indian spinner in T20Is — was primarily responsible for dismantling Bangladesh, who finished 25 runs short.

    After MS Dhoni put India in, Gautam Gambhir’s sedate fifty and a furious 41 (18 balls) from Yuvraj Singh took India to a respectable score in this Group A encounter.

    Ojha struck twice in his first over. He dismissed Shakib Al Hasan first ball as he tried to pull a short ball but top-edged a skier to Dhoni.

    Off the fifth ball, the dangerous Junaid Siddique (41 from 22 balls) holed out to deep midwicket.

    He then got Mahmadullah, caught acrobatically by Yuvraj at short-fine leg, and Mashrafe Mortaza bowled.

    Earlier in the day, Rohit Sharma opened the batting along with Gambhir. Rohit continued with his fine form, scoring a strokeful 36 (23 balls, 3x4, 2x6).

    Gambhir dropped anchor, making 50 (46b, 4x4) and it set the stage for a final flourish from Yuvraj.

    The left-hander struck three sixes in an over from Naeem Islam, taking India to 180 when they were struggling in the final ten overs.

    India play Ireland next on June 10. Bangladesh now need to beat Ireland on Monday to stay afloat in the competition.

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