Bangladesh started their ODI campaign on a positive note. Opener Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar build a 102 runs partnership, the best by Bangladesh against India, in 14 over before Soumya Sarkar getting run out to Raina’s brilliant throw.
India were looking for a fresh start after their world cup campaign while Bangladesh started off against India where they finished against Pakistan in the previous ODI series at home. Tamim and Soumya Sarkar in particular started driving Indian bowlers around the ground. In the beginning, world cup absentee Bhuvneswar Kumar bowled economical overs, but failed to trouble both the batsmen. Bangladesh started their innings with five runs in the first over. In the sixth over Shikar Dhawan dropped Soumya off Umesh Yadav’s delivery in the slip, however, it was rather difficult chance. But it proved expensive for India. From there Soumya scored a quick fire 54.
Dhoni observed that both Soumya and Iqbal were not bothered by Yadav and Kumar. He called Ashwin and Mohit Sharma on the seventh over. The result came in the fifteenth over when India badly needed a breakthrough to get rid of this intimidating duo and Raina provided just that. A bit of hesitation and yes-no situation between the two set batsmen, and Raina grabbed the opportunity, pounced on the ball and unleashed a direct hit to send Sarkar packing on 54.
However, Soumya’s wicket did not stop Bangladesh as they continued on their merry way. Tamim reached his fifty mark with a boundary of Ashwin.
In the sixteenth over rains halted Bangladesh batsmen’s dazzling run scoring tempo. After forty minutes of the down pour, the game commenced once again. Bangladesh started from their 119 for 1 in the 16th over. Tamim was taking time to settle down. Ashwin scalped three vital wickets of Tamim, debutant Litton and Mushfiqur between 17th and 23rd over. Ashwin’s first victim was Tamim Iqbal (60), who went inside out but couldn’t clear Rohit Sharma at long-off. The next was debutant Litton Das (8). Ashwin forced Litton Das to stretch out for an attempted for a on-drive. The diminutive batsman misread length of the ball and missed his shot. Tha ball turned sharply to hit the front pad in-line. Similarly, Ashwin made Mushfiqur to dance down the track and take the aerial route. But the exprienced cog of Bangladesh middle order failed to put enough power behind his shot and Rohit Sharma collected a fairly simple at long-on.
From a sensational 102 for 1 in 14 over, Ashwin dragged down Bangladesh to 146 for 4 in the 24th over.
Dhoni’s Ashwin ploy worked well. He then brought in Suresh Raina, who gave only 40 runs in his 10 over quota. Bangladesh’s run scoring tempo slowed down on 168 for 4 after the 30th over. Albeit, they did not throw away any wicket, as both Shakib Al Hasan and Sabbir Rahman were thinking to rotate the strike. Just as the partnership looked dangerous, Jadeja striked, picking up the wicket of Sabbir on 38th over when Bangaldesh were on 229.
Shakib Al Hasan and Sabbir Rahaman played a sensible innings added 83 run on fifth wicket. Shakib played a hard fought knock of 50 off a 63 balls before going out to Umesh Yadav short ball, way outside the off-stump but Shakib chased it and tamely cuts it to Ravindra Jadeja at point.
On the 42nd over Virat put the keeping gloves in his hands to keep the wicket for two overs as Dhoni has gone off the field.
Coming back on the field on the 44th over Dhoni called Bhuvneshwar on the 45th over when Bangladesh were on 267 for 6 and eyeing for three hundred.
It was tame affair for Bangladesh as Indian bowlers bowled well in death overs, giving only 37 runs while grabbing four wicket. If Virat does not miss a simple chance to run captain Mortaza out, Bangladesh could have been all-out 5 deliveries earlier than they were.
But on the last over Mortaza hit one six, one four before giving catch to Rohit off Mohit Sharma, who conceded 53 runs in just 4.4 overs.
Brief score: Bangladesh 307/10 (Tamim Iqbal 60, Sarkar 54; R Ashwin 3/51) in 50 overs
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