After Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar and Shakib Al Hasan powered Bangladesh to 307, pacer Mustafizur Rahman surprised with a five-wicket haul on his ODI debut and helped the hosts register an emphatic 79-run victory over India in the first ODI of the three-match series at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka on Thursday.
Bangladesh continued their dream on home soil with their fourth victory over India in 32 meetings, after having completed a whitewash against Pakistan in three-match ODI series.
Chasing a massive 308-run target, India were bowled out for 228 in 46 overs.
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan began the innings in style, bringing up the team’s fifty in 7.4 overs to give India a solid platform in their huge chase.
Dhawan was not in his elements today as he was dropped by wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim off Rubel Hossain in 9th over. Dhawan survived again in the next over when Mushfiqur put down a sitter off Mashrafe Mortaza.
Meanwhile, Rohit led the Indian chase from the front and scored his 26th ODI half century and first against Bangladesh. Rohit hammered three fours and a six during the course of his fifty.
Dhawan chased the inevitable and failed to capitalize on the lives he was given and finally got caught behind by none other than Mushfiqur. Taskin Ahmed struck to break the 95-run opening partnership by dismissing Dhawan for 30.
India suffered a huge blow when Taskin struck again in his next over to remove Virat Kohli. Kohli was also dismissed cheaply by Bangladesh in World Cup quarterfinal.
Mustafizur piled misery on India by removing Rohit and Ajinkya Rahane in quick succession to reduce the visitors to 115/4 in 23 overs. Skipper MS Dhoni also failed to turn the tide and got out cheaply.
Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja tried to consolidate the innings and added 60-run stand for the sixth wicket to reignite India’s hopes, but Bangladesh managed to remove the duo in quick time to keep their noses ahead.
Earlier, Bangladeshi openers complemented their skipper Mortaza’s decision to bat first as Tamim and Sarkar started off well and laid the foundation for the hosts. The duo had no trouble against Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav and brought up Bangladesh’s fifty in 6.4 overs.
Floodgates opened in the sixth over when Tamim took the charge, smacking three fours and a six off Yadav, that prompted skipper MS Dhoni to make the first change in bowling and brought in spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who conceded 11 runs in his first over.
Tamim and Sarkar stitched the first century opening stand for Bangladesh against India, surpassing the previous best 80, made by Imrul Kayes and Tamim in 2010. Bangladesh’s 100 came up in 13.1 overs.
Sarkar dominated his senior partner Tamim and cracked his second ODI half-century in just 38 balls studded with eight fours and a six. India finally got the breakthrough in the 14th over when Sarkar was run out by Suresh Raina after a poor call by Tamim.
As expected, rain played spoilsport and interrupted the play as Bangladesh reached 119/1 in 15.4 overs. Tamim and debutant Litton Das were unbeaten on 57 and 3 respectively when the play was halted due to rain.
Play resumed at 16:40 IST and the rain interruption brought the cheer for Indian camp as Ashwin struck twice in successive overs to remove Tamim and Das in the 18th and 20th over respectively.
Ashwin added to Bangladesh’s woes by striking a third time in the innings, dismissing Mushfiqur Rahim for 14, to leave the hosts tottering at 146/4 in 23.3 overs.
Sabbir Rahman and Shakib batted well in tandem and recovered the Bangladesh innings with their half-century stand. The pair also took their team past 200 in 34.1 overs and smashed three boundaries in the same over to turn the momentum in Bangladesh’s way.
Ravindra Jadeja struck in the 38th over to give India a massive breakthrough as he ended Sabbir’s cameo of 41 off 44 that helped Bangladesh regain their lost ground. Sabbir had an 83-run stand for the fifth wicket with Shakib.
The bizarre moment of the match came in the 44th over when Virat Kohli donned the keeping gloves as Dhoni left the field for the unknown reasons.
Shakib led the Bangladeshi innings from the front as he went on to score his 29th ODI fifty that included three boundaries. Yadav removed the former Bangladeshi skipper for 52.Bangladesh found themselves in the spot of bother in the end as they lost wickets at regular intervals.
Match Summery: India Vs Bangladesh
Series: Match 1st ODI, India tour of Bangladesh, 2015, Date Thu, Jun 18, 2015
Man of the Match (MoM): Mustafizur Rahman
Toss: Bangladesh won the toss and opt to bat
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
Umpires: Enamul Haque , Rod Tucker, 3rd Umpire Anisur Rahman
Match Referee: Andy Pycroft
Playing XI: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Litton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed
Bench: Rony Talukdar, Arafat Sunny, Mominul Haque
Playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohit Sharma
Bench: Stuart Binny, Dhawal Kulkarni, Axar Patel, Ambati Rayudu