Mustafizur Rahman derails India with five on debut

Mustafizur Rahman derails India with five on debut
Debutant Mustafizur Rahman ran through the famed Indian batting order as Bangladesh humiliated India with a 79-run win in the first One-Day International in Mirpur.
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Bangladesh 307 (Tamim 60) beat
India 228 (Rohit 63) by 79 runs
First One-Day International in Mirpur

Debutant Mustafizur Rahman ran through the famed Indian batting order as Bangladesh humiliated India with a 79-run win in the first One-Day International between the two teams in Mirpur, to go 1-0 up in the three game series.

Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat first. Openers Tamim Iqbal (60) and Soumya Sarkar (54) picked up from where they had left off after demolishing Pakistan, coming out all guns blazing.

Umesh Yadav (2-58) gave them the first big over, the sixth of the innings that went for 18.
Tamim hammered three fours and a six in that over.

Bangladesh blazed away to 79 for no loss after 10 overs with Sarkar smacking seven fours and Tamim hitting four fours along with a six.

Sarkar brought up the 100-run opening stand in the 14th over with a ramp shot for four.

However, some brilliance from Suresh Raina (0-40) ended the partnership in the same over as hesitation in running and a direct flick from Raina cost Sarkar his wicket.

There was a rain interruption as well for about an hour that cost Bangladesh their momentum.

Raina had managed to apply the brakes on either side of the break giving away just nine in four overs.

Meanwhile RavichandranAshwin (3-51) managed to get the prized scalp of Tamim who threw his wicket away hitting one down the throat of long off to end his 62 ball knock, once play resumed after rain.

Bangladesh went into a rut as Ashwin returned to pick the wicket of Litton Das (8) in the 20th over with an off-break that beat his bat and trapped him lbw.

Couple of overs later, Ashwin picked his third wicket as Mushfiqur Rahim (14) played a reckless heave that was taken at long-on. Bangladesh had dropped down to 147 for four at that point after 24 overs.

The innings was salvaged by Shakib Al Hasan (52) and Sabbir Rahman (41) who added 83 runs for the fifth wicket in 86 balls.

The batsmen attacked Mohit Sharma (1-53) hitting him for three fours in the 35th.

Ravindra Jadeja (1-48) eventually broke the partnership in the middle of the batting power-play as Sabbir missed his slog sweep.

Bangladesh managed 32 in the five power-play overs and another 63 in the last 10 overs.

Yadav got the dangerous Shakib out in the 44th over with a short ball that was clubbed straight to backward point.

While wickets fell in a tumble, MashrafeMortaza (21), the skipper played a lovely cameo hammering three fours that pushed Bangladesh beyond the 300 run mark, eventually garnering 307 all out in 49.4 overs.

Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers, although it was Raina who bowled through tough times to check the leakage of runs, going at four per over in his 10 overs. Amongst the pacers, only Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2-37) looked good.

India began the chase well. Rohit Sharma (63) who looked in good nick had to survive several loud appeals very early in the innings.

The intensity of the Bangladesh pacers and the decibel level of the crowd support was a revelation.

Rohit got going with a classic pull and couple of fours in a 15 run over off Mustafizur (5-50) to take India to 46 for no loss after seven overs.

Shikhar Dhawan (30) was dropped on 13 by Mushfiqur behind the stumps. The next over, Dhawan was dropped again by Mushfiqur, even as the umpire gave it out without checking if the catch had been completed and was eventually called back.

India managed to reach 66 for no loss after 10 overs. Rohit brought up his 26th fifty in 53 balls in the 15th over.

Dhawan’s scratchy innings eventually ended as he gloved a short delivery off Taskin Ahmed (2-21).

Taskin came back the next over to get the big wicket of Virat Kohli (1). India managed just four runs in the next 21 balls as Ajinkya Rahane (9) struggled to get the ball away.

Eventually, Mustafizur picked his maiden wicket, the big one of Rohit who was looking good during his 68 ball knock.

In his next over, Mustafizur accounted for Rahane, ending his 25 ball knock as the latter drove one crisply to short extra cover.

There was some hostility as Mustafizur had an ugly collision with MS Dhoni (5) after repeatedly blocking the batsmen in his follow-through.

Shakib (2-33) got Dhoni’s edge in the 26th over though, to prevent any rescue acts from the great finisher as India tumbled from 95 for no loss to 128 for five in the span of 10 overs.

Raina (40) and Jadeja (32) raised hopes of the visitors adding 60 runs for the sixth wicket in 11.1 overs.

However, just when Raina was taking off in the batting power-play, Mustafizur came back to bamboozle the Indian middle order with his cutters, as Raina dragged one back on to his stumps.

India were eventually bundled out for 228 in 46 overs with Kumar (25 not out) playing a thankless cameo.

The debutant Mustafizur was the star of the day picking a five-wicket haul, well complemented by Taskin and Shakib.

Bangladesh won the game by 79 runs and go 1-0 up in the three game series.

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