Bangladesh registered a sensational victory in Sher E Bangla stadium yesterday, defeating India by 79 runs in the 1st ODI which adds to their sensational run this calendar year. After defeating England in the World Cup and Pakistan on their home, their victim this time was the second ranked team in the world.
Some might say that this was a revenge well taken by the men in red and green for their quarter final loss to India in the World Cup, but after watching the match, it seems that the Indians brought their own demise.
Without undermining the impressive performance of the Bangladesh players, let us take a look at five reasons from India’s perspective which resulted in their defeat.
1) Inability to stop the rival opening pair
It hardly look like the bowling attack which bowled out their oppositions six times in the previous World Cup. Indian pacers lacked the ability to put the opposition under pressure as the opening partnership of Bangladesh managed to score 102 runs in just 13.4 overs. Both the openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar kept scoring runs freely at their will which provided the base for the Bangladesh innings.
The condition worsened so much that India used four of their specialist bowlers in the first ten overs and still skipper Dhoni had to introduce part-timer Suresh Raina early on in the match. Both the openers went on to score their respective half-centuries quickly as they were smashing the ball to all parts of the ground.
2) Middle overs crisis
Although off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin did a very good job by dismissing three top order Bangladesh batsmen and pushed the hosts to the backfoot, Bangladesh bounced back in the game via a 83 runs partnership between Shakib Al Hasan and Sabbir Rahman. Later Nasir Hossain’s handy knock also added to their scorecard. So the Indian bowlers failed to contain the rival batsmen in the middle overs which proved to be costly later as Bangladesh imposed a total of 307.
3) Poor show from the middle order
After a steady start by the openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, India went on to score 95 runs for the opening wicket. But after that the strong Indian middle order simply crumbled as India lost four batsmen just for the next 33 runs. The likes of Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and skipper Dhoni could not do anything but surrender to the Bangladesh bowlers.
India was highly dependant on its middle order, especially when they were chasing a challenging total of 308 but it failed to deliver when it was most required leading to India’s downfall. Although Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja tried their best to put up some resistance, they too were blown away in front of a valiant bowling attack led by debutant Mustafizur Rahman.
4) No plan B from MS Dhoni
In this match for once it came out that even Mahendra Singh Dhoni can run short out of ideas as during the Bangladesh innings he lacked plan B. During the Bangladesh innings, when their openers were hammering hard, Dhoni could not produce any containment plan for which he is renowned. Later, even after getting Bangladesh on the backfoot, the Indian skipper failed to show any masterstroke. During India’s batting also, no secondary plan was in vision as he himself failed to deliver with the bat.
5) Underestimating the opposition
Although many Indian players previously claimed that they were not underestimating Bangladesh from any angle, somewhere down the line they actually did. There greatest mistake was to undermine the young left arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman who made his debut yesterday. He went on to scalp five Indian wickets and broke the backbone of the entire batting line up of the visitors.
If India wants to make a come back in this three ODI series then there should not be any room for complacency for the Indians. They should learn from their mistakes in the first match and try not to repeat them from the next match onwards as Bangladesh will plan to come even harder towards them in their quest to qyalify for Chmapions Trophy 2017.