Bangladesh has beaten India in the first ODI between the two teams. This is a huge victory for Bangladesh, as India is one of the top-ranked cricket teams in the world. The game was full of surprises, and here’s how it unfolded.
Watchful Start by India
Bangladeshi bowlers were able to take wickets at regular intervals, justifying their captain’s decision to bowl first. Shakib Al Hasan’s two consecutive wickets helped further slow the run rate. But KL Rahul was still playing his shots, avoiding the panic that would follow in such a situation. Rahul showed his class on a track that helped both seamers and spinners. He scored 73 runs off 70 balls, which was instrumental in setting up 186. Washington Sundar’s 60-run partnership also played a key role in reaching the total.
Lower Order Collapse
India was 152-2 at one point with KL Rahul and Washington Sundar on the crease and just 18 overs left. They were targeting a 250-above score. However, A flurry of wickets from Shakib ul Hasan and Ebadot Hussian put curtains on Indian hopes and bundled them out for 186. Shakib was instrumental in restricting India to 186 as he took his best figures against India in an ODI.
Good Start by Indian Bowlers
After Indian batters failed to make any runs, their bowlers stepped up by bowling in the right areas in the powerplay. Deepak Chahar took the first wicket on the first ball of the innings when he dismissed Shanto for a duck. Shakib and Das steadied the ship as Bangladesh was 95-3 at one stage. However, a sudden collapse dropped their chances of winning the match significantly as they lost their 9th wicket when they still required 50 runs.
Mehidy Hasan Miraz’s Cameo
Mehdi Hasan Miraz played an innings to remember and scored 50 runs for the last wicket partnership with Mustafiz. Luckily, KL Rahul dropped him when Bangladesh was required 32 runs to win.
The last-wicket partnership, which scored at over eight runs per over, was an anomaly in a game in which 19 wickets fell in 87.2 overs, and runs were scored at a rate of just under 4.3.
With Bangladesh winning the first match, India will need to rethink their approach to win the next game of the series. With India one down, they’ll have to make changes before they get further behind.