Bangladesh faces India in the first ODI of the three-match series at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla Stadium. Bangladesh captain Liton Das has won the toss and decided to field.
Chasing an easy target of 187 runs, Bangladesh is 9 wickets short of 136 runs. Batting Mustafizur Rahman and Mehdi Hasan Miraj. Standing in such an equation, Mirage played an eye-catching inning of 38 runs. And Mustafizur gave him worthy company. And in that, the Tigers got a victory.
India scored 186 runs after losing all wickets in 41 overs in two balls at the Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Sunday. The opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shekhar Dhawan scored 23 runs in the first 5 overs. From the beginning, the Bangladeshi bowlers were doing controlled bowling. But the desired wicket was not met. Finally, Bangladesh got successful in the sixth over.
Mehdi Hasan Miraj came to bowl in the sixth over. Dhawan goes to reverse sweep Mirage. The ball hits his leg and reaches his chest. Then hit the stumps. Bangladesh gets the first wicket. Dhawan returned to Sajghar with team 23 and personal 7 runs.
After that, Shakib Al Hasan struck a double blow in the Indian camp. Shakib’s first victim is Indian captain Rohit Sharma. The team’s run was 48. 27 runs from 31 balls came from Rohit’s bat. When the team’s run was 49, Shakib’s second victim was Kohli. This runs machine of India scored 9 runs off 15 balls.
Shreyas Iyer and Lokesh Rahul were leading the team that lost 3 wickets for 49 runs. Their 56-ball 43-run pair was finally broken by Ebadat Hossain. While pulling Ibadat’s short delivery, Iyer lifted the ball straight into the sky. He returns for 24 runs.
Shakib’s third wicket was Washington Sundar. Returning in his second spell, he dismissed the batter who was struggling with boundaries. Sundar scored 19 runs off 43 balls without hitting a boundary and caught the hands of Ebadat Hossain who was standing at point while doing the reverse sweep.
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After that again Shakib got two wickets in one over. He bowled Shardul Thakur in the 35th over. Deepak then trapped Chahar lbw. Shakib completes his fourth ODI career.
On the other hand, Lokesh Rahul was at the crease for a long time at one end. He was dismissed by Ebadat Hossain as the ninth batter. The maximum 73 runs from 70 balls for the team with 5 fours and 4 sixes came from his bat. For Bangladesh, Shakib took five wickets with 36 runs in 10 overs with 2 maidens. Ebadat also got four wickets with 47 runs in 8 overs. Mehdi Hasan Miraj took the remaining wicket.
In response, Bangladesh did not start well. Nazmul Hossain Shanto returned for zero runs in the first ball of the innings. Opening batsman Nazmul was caught by Rohit Sharma at slip just outside the off-stump by Deepak Chahar. Bangladesh lost their second wicket on the first ball of the last over of the power play. Mohammad Siraj returned victory by handing a catch to Washington Sundar at midwicket. He scored 14 runs off 29 balls.
After that, the pair of 48 runs of Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das was progressing slowly. But Liton suddenly got out. Sundar’s turned ball hits his gloves. Liton returned to the dressing room after scoring 41 runs off 63 balls with 3 fours and 1 six. After a while, Shakib was also dismissed for 29 runs. He wanted to hit Sundar’s ball over the covers. But standing at extra cover, Kohli took a great catch with one hand.
Mahmudullah Riyad and Mushfiqur Rahim became the light of hope after losing two batters. These two batsmen were playing slowly, which was no problem. But they could not stay on the wicket. First, Mahmudullah Riyad returned lbw to Shardul Thakur. Despite playing 35 balls, he scored only 14 runs without hitting any boundaries. Then Mushfiq, who scored 18 runs off 45 balls, was bowled inside edge by Mohammad Siraj.
After that, the danger increased with Kuldeep Sen’s dismissal of Afif. Kuldeep took another wicket in that over and pushed Bangladesh to a terrible disaster. The disoriented Tigers lost Hasan Mahmud in the next over. Mirage’s heroism started from there. In the 41st over, he brought momentum to the team by hitting two consecutive sixes.
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When the last batsman Mustafiz joined Miraz at eight, Bangladesh still needed 51 runs. Almost half of the audience at the Shere Bangla Stadium left the field. But for those who were there, the last wicket pairing of Miraz-Mostafiz gave them a match to remember for a long time. Miraj batted with great confidence, with occasional help from luck. Mostafiz supported him very well. Miraj also trusts him.
Chasing 187 runs, at one time the score Bangladesh was 128 runs for 4 wickets. Dramatic collapse at that time, they lost 5 wickets within 8 runs. Bangladesh, which was on the way to victory, suddenly appeared on the verge of defeat. From there, the match took a dramatic turn in the pair of Miraj-Mostafiz.
Mirage remained unbeaten with 38 runs off 39 balls. And don’t forget, Mustafiz was unbeaten with 10 runs off 11 balls.
When India came to Bangladesh for the last bilateral series in 2015, Bangladesh won the series. Bangladesh defeated India in the last edition of this series earlier. Another victory came today after seven years. In all, this is Bangladesh’s sixth ODI win against India.