Uthappa, Rahane half-tons enough for opening win

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Cool, calm and collected half-centuries from openers Ajinkya Rahane and Robin Uthappa carried India to a reasonably convincing seven-wicket victory over Bangladesh.

Cool, calm and collected half-centuries from openers Ajinkya Rahane and Robin Uthappa carried India to a reasonably convincing seven-wicket victory over Bangladesh in Sunday's rain-affected first ODI at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka.

Eager to upstage an the under-strength oppositions, sans the services of the rested Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the hosts ultimately fell to an early deficit in the three-match series.

Captain Mushfiqur Rahim's choice to bat first after winning the toss had promised better, but a formidable total of 272 for nine and a near three-hour rain delay soon rendered Bangladesh's ambition null and void.

With inclement weather looming, India's pursuit began with intent, racing to three figures inside 20 overs on the back of the recalled Uthappa's 44-ball 50. Continuing a fine stretch of form started during the Indian Premier League, Uthappa struck three fours and as many sixes during an entertaining vigil.

Rahane later moved to 64 from 70, five fours and twin sixes included. While the talented Cheteshwar Pujara's fall for a duck momentarily hampered the chase, which had been revised to 150 in 26 overs, the hard-hitting Ambati Rayudu and captain Suresh Raina were eventually at hand to seal success with all of seven deliveries to spare.

Earlier, complementary half-tons from Rahim and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan thrilled an appreciative crowd. Debutant spinners Parvez Rasool and Akshar Patel, meanwhile, shared three key wickets to show India's slow-bowling strength is in good hands in the absence of Ashwin and Jadeja.

Rahane, marginally challenged by fast bowler Umesh Yadav's three telling breakthroughs, was named Man of the Match. The second and third ODIs will be hosted at the same venue on Tuesday and Thursday.

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