Mashrafe Mortaza took his team a step closer to a famous victory over India when he took the ninth Indian wicket to fall in this match.
Mohit Sharma was the man out after he edged Mashrafe’s slower ball to the wicketkeeper after scoring 11 from 19 balls.
Bangladesh’s newcomer Mustafizur picked up his fifth wicket on debut when Ravindra Jadeja failed to connect with his lofted shot and holed out to long-on.
Jadeja was looking dangerous at 32 runs, and with Raina gave India some hope to chase the massive total down.
He put on 60 with Raina before the debutant came to the fore.
|BANGLADESH vs INDIA 1st ODI|
|India: 228 (46.0 over)|
|Bangladesh: 307/10 (49.4 over)|
Mustafizur Rahman returned for his spell during the power-play overs and quickly rocked India with two wickets in two balls.
He bowled Suresh Raina neck and croft with a mean cutter. Raina was on 40 when he inside-edged Mustafizur’s delivery onto the stumps.
Next ball he sent back R Ashwin for a duck with an excellent off-cutter to leave India reeling.
India lost their fifth wicket when Bangladesh allrounder Shakib Al Hasan struck in his very first over.
Shakib outsmarted Dhoni with a quicker delivery bowled wide. The ball dipped and turned and took the batsman’s outside edge for a catch to Mushfiqur Rahim.
Dhoni scored five runs from seven balls during his short innings.
Sustained pressure from bowling good overs paid off for Mustafizur as he dismissed Ajinkya Rahane for his second wicket of the match.
Rahane fell for nine runs, played 25 balls and struck a boundary while at the wicket.
The slower ball worked again for the Bangladesh left-arm fast bowler.
Rohit Sharma’s promising knock was cut short at 63 when Mustafizur Rahman picked up his debut ODI wicket today.
Mustafizur gave Bangladesh their third wicket when he fooled the Indian batter with a cleverly disguised slower ball against the run of play.
Rohit’s 63 came from 68 balls, with four 4s and a six to his name.
Taskin sent back Indian batting superstar Virat Kohli for a single run in his fourth over of the innings.
Virat played a loose shot to a short-of-length, wide ball and ended up nicking to the wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim behind the stumps.
Taskin Ahmed delivered the first breakthrough for Tigers when he sent back Shikhar Dhawan for 30 runs.
The left-handed batsman faced 38 balls and struck three boundaries in his brief knock.
India’s openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma gave their team a solid start with a 95-run partnership chasing Bangladesh’s huge total at Mirpur Stadium.
Earlier, Mashrafe Mortaza was the last batsman out in Bangladesh’s innings after he smashed two consecutive fours in the last over.
He scored 21 runs from 18 balls, and helped his team cross the 300-mark.
Taskin Ahmed was the ninth man out for Bangladesh when he became Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s second wicket of the evening.
The young Tigers fast-bowler was out for 2 in the 49th over.
Nasir Hossain’s timely cameo came to an end when he was sent back to the pavilion by Indian fast-bowler Umesh Yadav.
Nasir struck 34 from 27 balls, and entertained Bangladesh fans with three fours and a six in his knock.
Bangladesh lost their sixth wicket at the wrong time when Shakib had just reached his fifty and was looking for quick runs.
Shakib slapped a wide, short delivery from Umesh Yadav into the hands of backward point. He notched up the 29th half-century of his ODI career and was out for 52.
The Bangladesh ace allrounder delighted the Mirpur crowd with three hits to the boundary.
Just when it seemed Bangladesh were looking good to cash in on the power-play overs, Sabbir Rahman got himself out after an entertaining 83-run partnership with Shakib Al Hasan.
Sabbir scored 41 runs from 44 balls (five 4s and one 6s) and managed to up the ante with his partner as Bangladesh approached the last 20 overs of the game.
Ravinder Jadeja picked up his first wicket of the match by sending back Sabbir.
Bangladesh batsman Mushfiqur Rahim failed to impress today with the bat as he was dismissed cheaply by Indian in-form spinner Ashwin.
Mushfiq’s miss-hit couldn’t clear the field and was caught safely at straightish long-on by Rohit Sharma for 14.
Litton Das became the third Bangladeshi wicket to fall, second strike for Indian off-spinner R Ashwin in this match.
Ashwin got his off-break to dip, Litton went for the drive, missed his shot and was struck in front of the wickets.
When play resumed after a brief shower, Tamim Iqbal lost his concentration and ended up being dismissed by R Ashwin for 60 runs.
Tamim left the crease and lofted his shot straight down the throat of Rohit Sharma at long-off.
He played 62 balls, hammered seven 4s and a six while at the crease.
Bangladesh’s fantastic opening stand was stopped at 102 when India’s Suresh Raina sent back Soumya Sarkar with a quick piece of fielding.
Soumya was short of his crease as Raina’s throw left him stranded near mid-pitch. The opener was batting fluently at 54 after playing 40 balls.
He smashed eight fours and a towering six during his brisk innings.
Das and Rahman are the 117th and 118th players to play ODIs for Bangladesh.
They have left out Rony Talukdar, Mominul Haque and Arafat Sunny from their squad.
India have left out Axar Patel, Stuart Binny, Ambati Rayudu and Dhawal Kulkarni.
From the controversy at the MCG to the Tigers’ task of securing qualification for the ICC Champions Trophy by keeping themselves within the top eight teams, there are plenty of reasons the Tigers will want to do well today.
The Mirpur pitch has been on the slower side in ODIs lately but the question remains how exposure to the monsoon changes it.
Bangladesh have beaten India in only one match in a bilateral series, in Dhaka in 2004.
The teams have played three series in 2004, 2007 and 2014, with India winning by 2-1, 2-0 and 2-0 margins.
Mashrafe Mortaza (Captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Arafat Sunny, Litton Das (Wicketkeeper), Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim (Wicketkeeper), Mustafizur Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Rony Talukdar, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal and Taskin Ahmed
MS Dhoni (Captain, Wicketkeeper), R Ashwin, STR Binny, S Dhawan, RA Jadeja, V Kohli, DS Kulkarni, B Kumar, AR Patel, AM Rahane, SK Raina, AT Rayudu, MM Sharma, RG Sharma and UT Yadav
Source: The Daily Star
Great feat by the “bagher baccha-ra”.
Made us proud.
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