1st ODI Report: Record tenth-wicket stand seals historic win for Bangladesh
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India put just 186 on the board, with the hosts cruising for the most part. But boy! Our bowlers showed their stomach for a fight and almost pulled off one of the memorable victories!
Bangladesh won the first of the three ODIs by one wicket courtesy of the highest 10th-wicket partnership for Bangladesh by Mehidy Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman. The duo snatched the win from India with a 51-run partnership.
However, India made the target of 186 appear as big as a mountain. Deepak Chahar shackled the Tigers with his swing in the first spell, and Siraj, Sundar and Shardul put them to sleep in the middle overs with regular wickets!
India’s big guns Dhawan and Kohli rocked early!
India’s top order struggled to rotate the strike on the wicket that offered both spin and bounce. Dhawan went after a laggard seven off 17 before Kohli was sent back on two from nine balls thanks to a jaw-dropping catch from Bangladeshi skipper Litton Das. Hitman greeted us with a trademark pull shot for a six but got cleaned up by Bangladesh’s MVP Shakib Al Hasan soon after a well-made 27 off 31.
KLassy Rahul leads fightback
Reeling at 49/3, KL Rahul tackled the Tigers with a brisk 70-ball 73, which saw him hit five fours and four sixes. Shreyas Iyer and Washington Sundar chipped in with useful contributions, but Rahul took the mantle of ensuring India get to something defendable.
Chahar’s swing puts Bangladesh in a bind
Six overs, one wicket, one maiden for just nine runs. The numbers speak how well Deepak Chahar bowled in the first spell with the new ball. Bangladesh were forced to play under the run rate of four till the 20th over.
Two wickets off two balls gets the pendulum swinging
It wasn’t pretty, but Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim hopped and skipped their way to a crucial 33-run partnership after Shakib’s wicket fell in the 24th over, leaving Bangladesh at 95 for 4.
But the hosts were dealt a double blow after Mahmudullah was trapped in front of the stumps on the last ball of the 35th over by Thakur, and Siraj shattered Mushfiqur Rahim’s castle on the first ball of the next over, bringing India back in the game big time!
India then picked up three more wickets in the next 10 runs and were knocking on the door before the Tigers fought back.
The Mehidy Hasan show!
The scoreboard read 136 for 9 in the 40th over, with Bangladesh requiring 51 runs more to register a famous win! All seemed dead and buried, but the Tigers clawed back into the match despite their backs to the walls. Mehidy Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman hit the runs in mere 39 balls. Hasan threw caution to the wind and hit four fours and two sixes in his 38* off 39, while Fizz managed 10* off 11 with two boundaries. Call that positive intent!
India will look to level the series in the second ODI at the same venue on Wednesday.
Stat attack: India were 152/4 and lost their last six wickets for 34 runs. It was Men in Blue’s worst collapse since losing 13/6 against South Africa in the 2011 ODI World Cup.
The 51-run stand between Mehidy Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman was the highest 10-wicket partnership for Bangladesh in ODI cricket.
Brief scores: India 186/10 in 41.2 overs (KL Rahul 73, Shakib Al Hasan 5/36, Ebadot Hossain 4/47) defeated by Bangladesh 187/9 in 46 overs (Litton Das 41, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 38*, Mohammed Siraj 3/32) by one wicket.