Mustafizur bowls Bangladesh’s famous victory
19 years Mustafizur Rahman had a dream start as Bangladesh condemned India to 79-run defeat in the first ODI of the three-match series in Mirpur. Mustafizur finished with 5 for 50 from 9.2 overs as Bangladesh strengthened their growing reputation as a nation with a carefully top ODI all-round overall performance. Mustafizur was well supported by Taskin Ahmed (2 for 21), which also was the last thrower Bangladesh to pick up a five-iron on ODI debut against India.
For years, Bangladesh Cricket at home was epitomized by their table on the left-arm spinners. On Thursday, on a surface that gave no indication of being seamer-friendly, Mashrafe Mortaza took the call to field a pace attack with four pins, a decision justified by the performance of quicks, which disrupted their opposition the game. India, for much of the game, seemed taken aback by the intensity of Bangladesh field, something the noisy crowd at Mirpur also helped.
The hosts started brightly in their defense of Taskin and 307. Both had Mustafizur Indian openers leash. After several plays and missess, shouts and blows unconvincing LBW, Shikhar Dhawan hit a limit, the first outside the Indian innings off delivery Dhawan and Rohit Sharma 24. fought through the difficult phase and Bangladesh appear to have let the opposition off the hook.
Rohit got going with a short arm pulled six off Mustafizur before following up with a couple of legs. Mashrafe Mortaza Hossain Rubel and himself on but by then the beginning of the storm had been altered. Bangladesh, who were guilty of dropping Shikhar Dhawan twice (13 and 15 by Mushfiqur Rahim), permitted the Indian openers put on a 95-foot opening race before Taskin Ahmed led an inspiring turnaround that saw India slip dramatically to 128 for 5.
Dhawan, who had walked around for a 38-ball 30 was caught behind off Taskin, who made two wickets in three deliveries when he had Virat Kohli plays outside of its body. Rohit (63 off 68) had looked troubled widely Started his 26th ODI half-century before he was deceived by a clever change of pace from Mustafizur. Ajinkya Rahane struggling to get the ball in the square, chipped Mustafizur to cover after a 25-ball 9. Spin, introduced as late as the 26 most represented MS Dhoni, who edged Shakib to Mushfiqur his third five catches behind the stumps .
The famous Indian middle order had been silenced and but for a stubborn half-century stand between Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina, the margin of defeat would have been much greater. The young man, which was distributed to six by Raina had the Indian drummer playing on a crafy off-cut. R Ashwin fell next ball. The five-iron came when Jadeja Ends long hole in a desperate attempt to keep alive the hunt.
Earlier, Bangladesh, riding on an opening partnership between Tamim Iqbal 102 term and Soumya Sarkar, posted a competitive 307, their first 300+ score against India. In fact, Chakib exclaimed that they were at least 25 short runs having been given an open position 102 end to almost eight tracks on after Mortaza won the toss and chose to bat. India, helped by a welcome break from the game because of a passing shower and disciplined bowling spells R Ashwin (3 for 51) and Suresh Raina (0 40), forged their way back into the game with a burst of wickets after the break.
Bangladesh of old would have collapsed from there. But from (52 off 68) and Shakib Al Hassan Sabbir Rahman (41 off 44) reassuring presence ensured that was not to be. The stand 83 end to almost a run-a-ball took Bangladesh past the 200 mark by the 35th over. The final straw came from Mortaza. His 21 off 18 helped Bangladesh cross the 300 pyschological bar, a total that proved beyond the reach of India in the face of an inspired pace bowlers group.
Brief Scores: Bangladesh 307 (Tamim Iqbal 60, Soumya Sarkar 54; R Ashwin 3/51) beat India 228 (Rohit Sharma 63, Suresh Raina 40; Mustafizur Rahman 5/50) by 79 runs.