A strong batting performance, backed by a sterling bowling effort led by Mustafizur Rahman saw Bangladesh beat India by 79 runs in the 1st ODI at Mirpur. A target of 308 looked well in India’s sight before the Bangladeshi bowlers made a memorable comeback. The win gives Bangladesh an unexpected 1-0 lead over their rivals in the 3-match ODI series.
Century opening stand from Bangla batsmen, Indian spinners strike back
An unexpected assault awaited the Indian bowlers when they took the field at Mirpur. Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar put paid to India’s plans of an economical start with the ball in quick time.
A 102-run opening stand came about in just 13.2 overs as the Indian pacers looked helpless in the face of Tamim and Sarkar’s aggression. An untimely run out cut short Sarkar’s promising innings (54 off 40) and gave the visitors the first taste of blood. However, rain intervened in the 16th over before India could consolidate their position any further.
The tables turned in India’s favour after play resumed. The Indian spinners were given full license to attack and Ravichandran Ashwin was the first to strike with the wicket of Tamim (60 off 62) in the 18th over. In his next over, the off spinner dismissed Litton Das cheaply and brought India right back into the game. Mushfiqur Rahim too fell prey to the guile of Ashwin in the 24th over.
Wickets fall, but Bangladesh go past 300
An 83-run stand for the 5th wicket, between Shakib Al Hasan (52 off 68) and Sabbir Rahman (41 off 44), resuscitated the Bangladesh innings after those quick wickets. Nassir Hossain upped the ante in the death overs with a quickfire 27-ball 34.
Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza complemented him well with an innings of 21 off 18 balls. However, the Indian pacers came back into the equation after the 40-over mark and got their ‘wickets’ columns ticking right away. Bhuvi and Umesh bagged 2 wickets each, and managed to bowl the home team out for 307 in the last over. A challenging total but one that India would have fancied.
Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma provide ideal start for India
Rohit Sharma (63 off 68) was back at his belligerent best on Thursday as he took on the Bangladeshi bowlers with sublime ease. Rohit’s innings appeared to be an encore of the one he played against the same opponent at Melbourne in the Cricket World Cup, earlier this year. Along with Shikhar Dhawan (30 off 38), he gave India a 95-run opening stand to base the chase upon. However, calamity struck the Men In Blue soon afterwards.
Middle order collapses, Mustafizur Rahman bags 5/50 on debut
The much anticipated ODI debut of young sensation Mustafizur Rahman lived up to the expectations. After showing glimpses of his talent in the first few overs, the left arm pacer came back in the middle overs to leave India in shambles.
Initially Taskin Ahmed set the stage for the youngster with the wickets of Dhawan and Kohli within a space of 8 balls. Mustafizur followed this up with the prized wicket of Ajinkya Rahane who struggled to get going during a painful 25-ball-9-run stay at the crease.
MS Dhoni too, looked clearly out of sorts, as the wily Shakib Al Hasan got the better of him in the 26th over. Reeling on 128/5 at that point of time, the Indians looked to Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina to lend the chase some sort of respectability.
Raina and Jadeja did respond to the situation but could not sustain their resistance for long. It was Mustafizur Rahman again, who came back in the 37th over to bag the wickets of Raina and Ashwin off successive deliveries. In his very next over, he got rid of Jadeja and practically ended India’s hopes of averting an embarrassing defeat. Bhuvneshwar Kumar played a few bold shots in the dying moments of the game but the hosts always had things under control.
So with a convincing win, it is clearly Game On now and the onus will be on Captain Cool, MS Dhoni to ensure the Indian team stays in contention. If he needs any inspiration, Dhoni will also have reason to resurrect his, “Captain Cool” image after receiving a fine for barging into Mustafizur Rahman.
Man of the Match – Mustafizur Rahman
Scorecard – Bangladesh (307 in 49.4 overs, Tamim Iqbal 60(62), Ravinchandran Ashwin 3/51) beat India (228 all out in 46 overs, Rohit Sharma 63(68), Mustafizur Rahman 5/50 ) by 79 runs