India lost to Bangladesh in the first ODI of the 3 match series by 79 runs. A remarkable performance, both in the batting and bowling department the led to the defeat of the former world champions.
A not so good bowling and an even disheartening batting performance by the visitors led to their downfall.
Here is the report card of the Indian players featured in the match:
1. Shikhar Dhawan (4.5/10):
Dhawan made a shaky start to his innings of 30(38) as he was dropped twice by Mushfiqur Rahim but could not cash in the opportunity. Although he, along with his partner Rohit Sharma gave India a steady start, Dhawan did not look comfortable in front of the Bangladesh pacers and was finally removed by Taskin Ahmed.
2. Rohit Sharma (7.5/10):
Sharma started his innings in a fine manner, striking splendid shots and giving India the start they desired. He took the young Mustafizur Rahman for 15 runs in an over but unfortunately got removed by the latter and became Rahman’s maiden ODI wicket. Rohit made a substantial 63 off 68 balls, but failed to carry forward his innings.
3. Virat Kohli(2/10):
The Indian Test skipper could manage to score only 1 run before being dismissed by Taskin. Virat could only survive four deliveries and has delivered one of the most depressing innings of his ODI career.
4. Ajinkya Rahane (1.5/10):
The classy Rahane too could not perform in this match making only 9 runs out of 25 deliveries. The technically rich batsman became the second victim of the Mustafizur Rahman. When India badly needed him to step up to the cause, he failed to deliver.
5. Suresh Raina(7/10):
Raina did a fine job with his bowling as he was called by skipper Dhoni to put a check on the Bangladesh batsman. He bowled economically, fielded well as by his run out dangerous looking Soumya Sarkar was dismissed but more was expected from his batting. When he came to bat, India were suddenly struggling to 155/4 in spite of a good start. He did try to put up some resistance with Ravindra Jadeja but he too was dismissed by Rahman with a brilliant off-cutter. His bowling abilities are undoubtedly good but Raina needs to deliver with the bat as he is the base of Indian middle order.
6. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (2/10):
This was one such match which captain cool would like to forget as soon as possible. A not so good performance by his bowlers, a terrible batting performance by his batsmen, his own batting being awful as he only made 5 runs and lastly being involved in a scuffle with Mustafizur Rahman which resulted he being fines 75 % of his match fees.
May be this is the first time when captain Dhoni failed to come up with a plan B when his team was in the backseat during the match on a number of occasions and definitely did not live up to his reputation.
7. Ravindra Jadeja(5/10):
After being left out in the Test squad, ‘Sir’ Jadeja made his come back to the ODI format. Both his batting and bowling seemed to be pretty average in this match. He bowled but it lacked enough sharpness and never really troubled the rival batsmen. Speaking of his batting, he along with Raina built a partnership which gave India a slight chance of comeback. He did score 32 runs but got out playing a reckless shot despite knowing that he was the India’s last hope.
8. Ravichandran Ashwin (7.5/10):
After a successful Test campaign, Ashwin continued his fine streak by being the pick of the bowlers. He scalped three vital Bangladesh wickets, breaking their middle order and gave India an edge during the middle overs.
When he came to bat, India were on the verge of losing the match and many were expecting a miracle innings from him which could save India from a humiliating defeat. Well a miracle did not happen as he became the fifth victim of Rahman and was dismissed for a duck.
9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar(7/10):
Bhuvneshwar started the bowling attack and was bowling fine with good length and was getting initial swing from the pitch but occasionally was getting hammered by the Bangladeshi openers and failed to get an early success. He, however, came back strongly in the final overs, scalping 2 wickets in the death overs. He too contributed 25 runs with bat which is pretty fair for a tail ender.
10. Umesh Yadav (5/10):
Yadav proved to be a little costly bowler as leaked a lot of runs in the initial overs as the opening pair of Bangladesh were on fire. He failed to get any early break through but India should be thankful to him as he dismissed set batsmen Shakib and Nasir Hossain in the middle overs else who knows Bangladesh could gone past the 350 mark.
11. Mohit Sharma(1/10):
Mohit Sharma was the the most expensive Indian bowler leaking 53 runs in 4.4 overs. Nothing much to say about his performance in this match as all the Bangladesh batsmen targeted him as he was a easy pick.