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1st ODI: Shakib’s spell sinks India

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India lost the first ODI of the three-match series against Bangladesh by one wicket played at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Sunday.

India lost a ODI against Bangladesh after seven years!

Defending a modest 187-run target, India need early wickets.

Deepak Chahar answered India’s prayers by dismissing opener Najmul Hossain Shanto in the very first ball of the match.

Chahar alongwith other pacers bowled a tight line and did not allow Bangladesh batters to score runs freely.

The pressure resulted in Anamul Haque’s wicket who became Mohammed Siraj’s victim.

Captain Liton Das and star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan retrieved the situation and took Bangladesh’s team total beyond the 50-run mark in 14.5 overs.

Washington Sundar then broke the 48-run partnership by dismissing skipper Liton Das for 41 off 63 balls.

Next Shakib Al Hasan fell to Sundar for 29 leaving Bangladesh in a spot of bother at 95/4.

Wicket-keeper batter Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah came to the rescue and took Bangladesh’s total to the triple-figure mark.

The 33-run partnership between the two was broken by Shardul Thakur who dismissed Mahmudullah’s leg-before wicket for 14.

In the very next ball of the next over Rahim was dismissed by Siraj for 18 to leave Bangladesh tottering at 128/6.

Debutant Kuldeep Sen who was expensive in his first spell got his first ODI scalp in the form of Afif Hossain for 6.

Three balls later Sen struck again dismissing Ebadot Hossain for a duck as he was out and hit a wicket to leave Bangladesh in trouble for 135/8.

In the next over Siraj struck for the third time dismissing Hasan Mahmud for a duck to make the matters worse for the host at 136/9.

Bangladesh found a hero in Mehidy Hasan Miraz, who along with Mustafizur Rahman batted cautiously to take the team’s total beyond the 150-run mark in 40.4 overs.

Miraz played a brilliant knock of 38 off 39 balls remaining not out right till the end hitting four boundaries and two sixes while Mustafizur Rahman remained unbeaten on 10 as Bangladesh crossed the line.

Earlier in the day put to bat first by Bangladesh, spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz gave the hosts their first breakthrough by dismissing opener Shikhar Dhawan for just 7 off 17 balls.

Skipper Rohit Sharma looked in good touch and was joined by Virat Kohli. The duo were playing their first ODI since July. At the end of 10 overs, India was at 48/1, with Rohit (27*) and Virat (9*).

In the next over, however, all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan swung things in favour of the hosts, castling Rohit for 27 off 31 balls and sending back Virat for just nine off 15 balls.

KL Rahul brought up his 11th ODI fifty in 49 balls with a stylish drive past point.

Shakib continued his golden run in the match, dismissing Sundar (19), Shardul Thakur (2) and Deepak Chahar (0) in quick succession to complete his five-wicket haul.

Ebadot got Shahbaz Ahmed for zero.

KL Rahul was the only batter to resist, scoring 73 off 70 balls with five fours and four sixes.

India was bundled out for just 186 runs which was a sub par total.

Brief Scores: India: 186/10 in 41.2 overs (KL Rahul 73, Rohit Sharma 27; Shakib Al Hasan 5/36) vs Bangladesh 187/9 in 46 overs (Litton Das 41, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 38*; Mohammed Siraj 3/32).

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