Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina could only score 16 runs from 28 balls in the 1st ODI against Bangladesh A.Reuters

Gurkeerat Singh Mann's outstanding all-round performance sunk the Bangladesh A ship leading to the visitors suffering a 97-run defeat on Wednesday at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

India A put up an all-round show to prove to the visitors that lack of experience can be overcome if a team plays professional all-round cricket. 

Earlier in the day, Bangladesh A won the toss and chose to field. Their bowlers did upset the Indian batsmen in the beginning. Suresh Raina failed with the bat in the 1st ODI on Wednesday.

India A kept on losing wickets at short intervals until Mayank Agarwal and Sanju Samson steadied the Indian ship. Agarwal, who has had a wonderful season so far, delivered again on Wednesday. He scored a gritty half-century but threw his wicket away after getting off to a good start.

Samson, at the other end, continued and went on to score 73 runs from 76 balls. At one point, it appeared India A won't be able to cross the 250-run mark. Two quickfire half-centuries by Gurkeerat Singh Mann and Rishi Dhawan enabled the home team to post a total of 322 runs in 50 overs. 

When the Bangladeshi batsmen came out to chase, they got off to an awful start, losing five wickets for 87 runs at the end of 16 overs. Aravind Sreenath struck early to dismiss Rony Talukdar, Soumya Sarkar and Anamul Haque. It was then Litton Das and Nasir Hossain who took control of the chase, putting up a strong fight against an upbeat India A bowling attack. Hossain went on to score 52 runs and Das added 75 runs to his name.

The partnership was looking dangerous until Gurkeerat Singh Mann struck. He picked up five wickets, including those of Hossain and Das, handing India A a comprehensive victory. Bangladesh A were bundled out for 226 runs.

Gurkeerat Singh Mann was adjudged man of the match for his stellar performance both with the bat and the ball.   

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