1st ODI: Mehidy Hasan special helps Bangladesh edge India in a low-scoring thriller | Cricket News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Sensational Mehidy Hasan dished out an incredible batting performance, stitching an unbeaten 54-run partnership with No.11 Mustafizur Rahman (10*) as Bangladesh pipped India in a low scoring thriller in Dhaka. With the victory at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the 3-match ODI series.
Chasing a lowly 187, Bangladesh were down and out in the contest as India bowlers produced a superb fightback after a disastrous batting performance. But Hasan, who came out to bat at No.8 showcased nerves of steel against a rampant India bowling attack. Showing sharp presence of mind, Hasan took majority of the strike in the last-wicket stand with Rahman and took his team to the finish line in the 46th over.
Luck also favoured Hasan as he was dropped by wicketkeeper KL Rahul in the 43rd over while attempting a high risk shot off Shardul Thakur.
It was always going to be a task cut out for India bowlers defending a par score but pacers led by Mohammed Siraj (3/32) almost got India a miracle win. Siraj along with Deepak Chahar, debutant Kuldeep Sen and Shardul Thakur shared 7 wickets between them while offie Washington Sundar also grabbed a couple of wickets to bring India close.
The disciplined bowling from the Indians reduced Bangladesh to 136 for 9 in the 40th over but after that the team got carried away and there were fielding lapses, overthrows along with the dropped catch that helped Hasan and Rahman grab a crucial win for the hosts.
Earlier, India had a horrible outing with the bat that saw the India big guns getting dismissed cheaply followed by a shock middle-order collapse as Bangladesh bowled out India for 186 in the 42nd over.
The experienced Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli trio fell cheaply for 27, 7 and 9 respectively while the last 6 wickets fell for just 34 runs as Bangladesh made terrific use of the home conditions.
The strong bowling performance from Bangladesh was led by veteran Shakib Al Hasan who helped the hosts bundle out Rohit Sharma and co. for a lowly score.
All-rounder Shakib starred with the ball, picking up his fourth five-wicket haul in the one-dayer and was provided excellent support by pacer Ebadot Hossain, who grabbed 4 wickets.
KL Rahul was an aberration in India innings, who scored a hard-fought 73 and took India to a somewhat fighting total.





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