1st ODI: Rahul’s costly drop and Mehidy’s sensational fightback
NEW DELHI: Mehidy Hasan Miraz probably played an innings of his life to help Bangladesh snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in the first ODI against India in Mirpur on Sunday. Miraz produced a sensational 39-ball 38-run cameo as Bangladesh chased down 187 in 46 overs and pulled off a sensational one wicket victory to give the hosts 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
While India produced yet another poor batting show which saw them get all-out for 186 in 41.2 overs, the bowlers did a splendid job to reduce Bangladesh to 136 for 9 in the 40th over. But KL Rahul‘s drop of Mehidy, when Bangladesh still needed 32 runs, turned out to be costly for India.
Here’s look at the key moments of the match:
Top order fails again: Bangladesh bowlers justified their skipper Litton Das’ decision of bowling first as they made good use of the home conditions. India’s problem of getting a good start came to the fore again with opener Shikhar Dhawan falling cheaply for 7. Skipper Rohit Sharma (27 off 31 balls) got off to a good start but failed to capitalise as he was clean bowled by Shakib Al Hasan. Two balls later, the left-arm spinner sent back Virat Kohli (9) to leave India stuttering at 49/3 in the 11th over.
KL Rahul wages a lone battle: On a track that assisted both seamers and spinners, KL Rahul used all his experience and saved India’s blushes with 73 off 70 balls. He first added a 43-run stand with Shreyas Iyer to steady the ship and then put on another crucial 60-run partnership with Washington Sundar before lower order saw a dramatic collapse. Rahul’s fighting knock came on a day when the others struggled to get going and when the side was packed with all-rounders. Rahul hit five fours and four sixes.
Shakib Al Hasan’s fifer: Shakib Al Hasan made the Indian batsmen dance on his tunes as he took his fourth five-wicket haul in ODIs. The left-arm spinner triggered the collapse with the wickets of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in his first over. When the partnership between Rahul and Sundar was building for India, Shakib again provided his team a vital breakthrough by removing the latter for 19. Shakib then dismissed Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar in quick succession to complete his five-wicket haul.
Indian bowlers lead fightback: After batting failure, bowlers stepped up to lead India’s fightback with pacer Deepak Chahar striking off the first delivery of the innings to remove Najmul Hossain Shanto for a duck. Bangladesh were comfortably placed at 95 for 3 then slumped to 136 for 9 in a dramatic collapse. Mohammed Siraj (3/32), Shardul Thakur (1/21) and Washington Sundar (2/17) all produced disciplined performances. The experienced batters Litton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Mahmudullah, all got starts, but none of them could carry on till the end.
Rahul’s costly drop: Bangladesh were reeling at 136/9 in the 40th over and the victory was within striking distance for India. But Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Mustafizur Rahman had other plans in store. The last Bangladeshi pair shifted the gears with Miraz smashing Kuldeep Sen for two sixes in the next over. But the turning point came in the 43rd over that tilted the match in Bangladesh’s way. In a bid to go for a big shot, Miraz failed to connect Shardul Thakur’s length off side ball that went high in the air and keeper KL Rahul ran to the fine leg to settle under it but ended up dropping the catch. The pair continued their run spree and went on to add an unbeaten 51-run stand to help Bangladesh record a famous victory. Their stand was Bangladesh’s highest 10th wicket partnership and the fourth-highest 10th wicket partnership in a successful ODI chase.