Bangladesh earned the acclamation of the saunchest crowd of their country after registering a comprehensive 79-run win against the World Cup semi-finalists.
The day and night affair of One Day International cricket between India and Bangladesh turned the fortune in the favor of the hosts at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur. The first ODI between these two neighbouring countries brought back memories of the World Cup quarter finals. While India continued to play with the same side except Mohammed who is still recovering from an injury and had been replaced by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Bangladesh made few changes. The latter introduced their 117th and 118th players to play ODIs for Bangladesh. After winning the toss and deciding to bat first, Bangladesh’s skipper Mashrafe Mortaza gave confirmation about the debutants Litton Das and Mustafizur Rahman.
India continued with the three-seamers-two-spinners combination and Bangladesh came out stronger with experimentation of four seamers on their side with Shakib Al Hasan handling the spin department.
Bangladesh’s innings after winning the toss featured a quick-fire start from the openers Tamim Iqbal(60) and Soumya Sarkar(54) and continuous drizzle that slowed down later on. But in the midst of the 16th over rain played its role and delayed the game almost by an hour, leaving the crowd drenched. A cheer around the ground got louder as soon as the rain stopped and the players came back on. The next five overs took the crowd aback as Bangladesh lost two crucial wickets. One in the form of opener Iqbal and another in the form of debutant Litton Das who only contributed 8 runs. By the end of 20 overs of play Bangladesh’s score board read 129/3 with two new batsmen on the crease.
Sabbir Rahman(41) and Shakib Al Hasan(52) combined for a successive partnership of 83 runs. Later, Nasir Hossain and skipper Mortaza added few more runs to push the score beyond the mark of 300 whereas the tail-enders were no good. By the end of 49.4 overs Bangladesh’s innings came to an end and posted a target of 308 for the tourists.
R Ashwin’s unpredictable spells helped him to add 3 more wickets in the count whereas Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav took 2 wickets apiece.
India’s innings displayed a disappointing batting performance in front of a raucous Bangladeshi crowd with Rohit Sharma(63) being the only batsman to cross the mark of half century. After a decent start and fall of Shikhar Dhawan(30), the middle order plummeted. With the failure of Virat Kohli(1) and Ajinkya Rahane(9) even captain MS Dhoni failed to launch his assault. After the struggle of few overs with continuous fall of wickets, the partnership between Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja showed a ray of hope and managed to score 40 and 32 runs respectively at the crucial stage of play. The ball of victory kept of bouncing in Bangladesh’s court as soon as India was 7 wickets down.
India lost the game by a margin of 79 runs with four more overs to spare. Bangladesh restricted India to 228 runs and displayed a robust ODI game. Debutant Mustafizur Rahman projected an excellent investment of ODI bowling effort that payed him high dividends. His five wickets haul ran through India with his cutter. He successfully registered his name in the record manual, with his figures of 50-5 made him the second ranked bowler from Bangladesh to bag 5 wickets on a debut match with Taskin Ahmed’s 28-5 at the number one spot. Taskin Ahmed’s two crucial wickets of Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan got overshadowed by the debutant’s fifer.
The debutant Mustafizur Rahman bagged his first Man of the Match award.
“I wanted to perform well on debut,
I know only a few have taken five on debut, but all I wanted was to do well against India.”