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India Misjudge Bangladesh’s Potential; Lose Series by 0-2 in Rain-Curtailed Match

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India Misjudge Bangladesh’s Potential; Lose Series by 0-2 in Rain-Curtailed Match

June 22
08:55 2015

dhoni odiNew Delhi, Monday, June 22 – Before India tour of Bangladesh started, an advertisement over how children (signifying Bangladesh) grows after practice caught the eyeballs. And surprising everyone, kids actually turned mature in terms of playing cricket, defeating fathers – India, who have been playing the sports from several decades – on father’s day!

Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team India won the toss and elected to bat first. But in next to no time the difference between Indian skipper winning it and failing to make best use of it and Mashrafe Mortaza asking his boys to put best foot forward in the first One-Day International match at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on June 18 was absolutely apparent.

Barely a few would have anticipated that Bangladesh will crush the men in blue shirt so brilliantly despite not getting the opportunity to make a decision first as Dhoni’s boys were all set to come on the field and equalize the series. On the same ground, which was jam-packed with cheerful home supporters carrying the national flag, Bangladesh shattered India’s dream to log triumph in a do or die situation. The Tigers showed in the very first over their potential and gave a hint that they are not going to give any room to Indian cricketers to feel the ease of playing big shots as they did in previous years.

Rohit Sharma, who is known for brutally hitting the ball doing no mercy on good deliveries, was taken by surprise when Mustafizur Rahman, debuted against India in the 1st ODI last week and claimed 5 wickets in the first match, made him go back at a zero on the second ball of 1st over. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli tried to bring some comfort by taking singles and hitting some shots. One would have hardly started to believe that the opener and the vice-captain will do their bit but soon Kohli got a jolt from Nasir Hossain who ended his stint at 23 runs, inclusive of three 4s and a 6.

Wicketkeeper batsman Dhoni seemed a bit determined of pocketing some valuable runs and this is the reason why he came at no. 4 to bat. Both Dhawan and 33-year-old captain were on track, however, they were unaware of fact that all-rounder Hossain is eying another breakthrough. Shikhar succumbed to him post achieving a half-century, which included seven boundaries. Indian supporters hoped a lot from Ambati Rayudu, who should have utilized the opportunity rather than missing it. He was out for a duck that certainly added pressure on the middle and lower-order batsmen.

Suresh Raina did a much-needed partnership with Dhoni but his dismissal at 34 runs off 55 balls (4 x 3) was a shocker. Mustafizur Rahman was the happy man and his happiness went at peak the moment Dhoni lost his wicket to him falling 3 runs short to get a fifty in his pocket. This was perhaps the beginning. Rahman dismissed Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin at the scores of 19, 0 and 4 runs respectively. When he was on a hat-trick ball, every Indian fan wanted the batsman to anyhow not let him get the third wicket in a row. But whatever this 19-year-old bowler did in the last two matches against Indian camp made him the top wicket-taker as a debutant.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar did not send the ball into the fences as he did in the first face-off. Dhawal Kulkarni was not out at 2 runs. It was such a shame that a team with a number of experienced players were all out at 200 runs when 5 overs were remaining to be bowled. Dhoni who is known for experimenting with the combination of bowlers and batsmen gave chance to Rayudu in place of Ajinkya Rahane. Patel and Kulkarni were also included in the playing XI but none proved the confidence of their skipper right.

Rain stopped match for a while. Since it lasted for more than expected time frame, the match was curtailed 47-over-a-side, causing no big effect on Indians but a major one on Bangladesh, who had to chase 199 runs. Downpour failed to dampen spirit of the Tigers as they attained the target in 38 overs for the loss of 4 wickets.

When the opener Tamim Iqbal was out at 13 by Kulkarni at an individual score of 13 runs, India seemed having a grip on the match. Soumya Sarkar (34 runs of 47 balls; 4 x 2) and the newcomer Litton Das (36 runs of 41 balls; 4 x 5) stabilized the innings of Bangladesh before succumbing to Ashwin and Axar, respectively. When less than 50 runs were to be scored, India looked forward to a breakthrough, which came as a gift from Dhoni, who fooled Mushfiqur Rahim in indescribable manner hitting the stumps in spite of not looking towards it.

Nevertheless, this was the last wicket when India could cheer up. Shakib Al Hasan (51 runs off 62 balls; 4 x 5) and Sabbir Rahman, who hit 22 runs, comprising three boundaries, made Bangladesh get the loudest cheer from the fans as they registered a historic win.  The winning shot came from Rahman, inflicting a humiliating defeat of 6 wickets on the guest. Had the total been defended, the outcome of clear winner would have decided in the final ODI which is to be hosted in the same stadium on Wednesday. As of now, Bangladesh are on cloud nine to send India on the back foot. Mustafizur Rahman was given man of the match for his 6-wicket haul.

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