BANG-ed up!

On the 10th anniversary of their famous win over Australia in Cardiff, Bangladesh defeated the Indian team in Mirpur. Nineteen-year-old debutant Mustafizur Rahman became the second Bangladeshi bowler after Taskin Ahmed to take five wickets on debut. His performance came after a rapid 102-run opening stand between Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar which laid the platform for Bangladesh’s 307. This was their highest ODI score against India.

Winning the toss, Bangladesh chose to bat first and their openers gave them a perfect start. Bangladesh ended up putting a total of 307 in 49.4 overs, with three of their batsmen scoring fifties (Tamim, Soumya and Shakib).

For MS Dhoni’s men, targets over 300 are bosom buddies. Since he took over as captain in September 2007, India have been set such a task 26 times. Six successful chases, and out of the remaining 20; they’ve scored 275 or more, eight times. A frequency like that indicates that their batsmen have become well-drilled in the routine.

This was Bangladesh’s ninth straight win at home, but for the first 15 overs of the second innings it seemed the streak would be broken.  After an impressive start by Mustafizur and Taskin, Bangladesh looked like they were buckling under the experience and the class of the Indian batting. Rohit Sharma settled down and brought up his fifty off 53 balls, and Shikhar Dhawan was dropped twice by Mushfiqur Rahim.

Dhawan and Rohit shared a 95 run partnership for the opening wicket when Dhawan was caught behind off a delivery from Taskin Ahmed. Debutant Mustafizur’s first wicket was Rohit’s. A leading edge off an off cutter from the youngster got him the wicket. Virat Kohli had none when he nicked off for just 1.

In the 25th over of the chase, MS Dhoni came into contact with the bowler Mustafizur while running between the wickets. It was not the first time in the game that the debutant had got in the way of Indian batsmen. Earlier in the innings Mustafizur was involved in a similar incident with Rohit Sharma, but that collision was softer though Rohit was later seen pointing his finger at the bowler. Dhoni, however, held his line and thudded his left arm into Mustafizur who then had to leave the field for a bit.  Dhoni and Mustafizur were fined for their collision during the match. Dhoni has been docked 75% of his match fee, and the Man of the Match Mustafizur lost 50% of his. Raina batted well and made 40 runs in the middle overs. He was one of Muztafizur’s victims.

With a middle order collapse, the Indian team ended up losing all the wickets for 228 in 46 overs.  The 79-run victory, only their fourth against India, meant Bangladesh needed to win only one out of their next five ODIs to cement their spot in the 2017 Champions Trophy, which will be contested by the top-eight-ranked ODI sides as of September 30, 2015.


Tarun Srikanth
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