India vs Ban: Mushfiqur Rahim guides Bangladesh to their first-ever victory over India in T20 Internationals.
First T20I: India vs Bangladesh Scorecard
Bangladesh: 154-3 in 19.3 overs | Won by 7 wickets
Mushfiqur Rahim: 60*(43) | Yuzvendra Chahal: 1-24
India: 148-6 in 20 overs
Shikhar Dhawan: 41(42) | Aminul Islam: 2-22
Player of the Match: Mushfiqur Rahim
India vs Ban: Mushfiqur Rahim’s brilliant 60*(43) helped Bangladesh create history by defeating India for the first time in T20 Internationals.
In what was a slow and low pitch, Bangladesh won an all-important toss against India, and with dew coming into the picture, Bangladesh chose to bowl first.
India didn’t have a good start. After smashing two fours in the first over, Rohit Sharma was adjudged LBW off the bowling of Shaiful Islam. Dhawan and KL Rahul then had a decent but slow partnership of 26 runs off 33 balls.
Shreyas Iyer who joined Dhawan after the fall of KL Rahul’s wicket looked the most comfortable batsman as he played a cameo of 22(13). But, with wickets losing at one end, Dhawan had to play a run-a-ball knock.
After 16 overs, India were reeling at 102-5, and were in a desperate need of an attacking knock. Pant did play few attacking shots in his 26 balls 27, but it were ultimately Sundar and Krunal, who played attacking knocks of 14(5)and 15(8) respectively to lift India to 148-6 at the end of 20 overs.
Considering the two-paced pitch, Bangladesh needed positive Cricket to give themselves a chance to win the match. Bangladesh did exactly the same after the departure of Liton Das in the first over. First, Naim and Sarkar, and then Sarkar and Mushfiqur struck two wonderful partnerships to lift Bangladesh to 114-3 at the end of 17 overs.
With 35 needed off 18 balls, the match was still in India’s favor. However, the most experienced man of Bangladesh, Mushfiqur Rahim didn’t let any pressure soak Bangladesh’s chances of winning the match. He smashed Khaleel for four continuous fours, and then won the match by hitting Shivam Dube with a front-foot pulled six over the Long-on.
Mushfiqur Rahim scored 60*(43) as he made history by defeating India for the first time in T20 history.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR TEAM INDIA:
- Lack of partnerships: India didn’t have a single good partnership that could have created an impact on the game.
- Poor death bowling: In the form of Khaleel and Deepak, India had good powerplay and middle-overs bowler, but these two definitely lacked the death overs skill.
Now that Bangladesh have defeated India in what can be called an upset, all eyes would be on the second T20 International in Indore, which can turn out to be a high-scoring game.
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