Debutant Mustafizur Picks 5 as Bangladesh Beat India With Ease
A spell of 5/50 from the debutant helps Bangladesh beat India for the fourth time in 30 one-day internationals.
To say watching Bangladesh celebrate at the end of an ODI against India is a rare sight, would quite simply, be an understatement.
And if you need optics to back that statement, the celebrations that broke out in the Bangladesh camp after the victory, were a testament to the statistic that says this was only their fourth ODI win over India in 30 one-day internationals.
The 79- run victory in the first ODI in Dhaka ensuring they take a 1-0 lead in the 3 match series and also a step towards qualifying for next year’s Champions Trophy.
Chasing an imposing 308 for a win in the opening fixture of the three match series, the Indian openers made a steady start before losing wickets in bulk, ultimately getting bundled out for 228 with four overs to spare.
Openers Rohit Sharma (63 off 68) and Shikhar Dhawan (30 off 38) stitched a 95-run stand for the first wicket, while Suresh Raina -- with a run-a-ball 40 -- and Ravindra Jadeja (32 off 42) also tried their bit to save the day for India, which was not to be.
Left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman became the second Bangladeshi bowler to claim five-for on his debut as he finished with figures of 5/50 to pick up the man-of-the-match award.
He was supported well by pace partner Taskin Ahmed (2/21) and Shakib al Hasan (2/33) as the Indian innings was ultimately wrapped up for 228, falling short by 79 runs.
Earlier, Indian bowlers were taken to task by some fantastic batting by the Bangladesh top-order as the home team posted a challenging score of 307 all out in 49.4 overs, their highest score against India in ODIs.
Openers Soumya Sarkar (54 off 40 balls) and Tamim Iqbal (60 off 62 balls) added 102 runs for the opening stand in only 13.4 overs to lay a solid foundation. Shakib (52 off 68 balls), Sabbir Rahaman (41 off 44 balls) and Nasir Hossain (34) batted well in the middle- order to take Bangladesh to a substantial total.
While Ravichandran Ashwin (3/51 in 10 overs) was the most successful bowler for India, Umesh Yadav (2/58 in 8 overs) and Mohit Sharma (1/53 in 4.3 overs) were especially taken apart by the Bangladeshi batsmen. Ravindra Jadeja (1/48) was good in patches and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/37 in 7 overs) ended with a decent outing.
(With inputs from PTI)
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