Bangladesh v India, 1st ODI, Mirpur June 15, 2014

India ease home in rain-hit game

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India 153 for 3 (Rahane 64, Uthappa 50) beat Bangladesh 272 for 9 (Mushfiqur 59, Shakib 52, Yadav 3-48) by seven wickets (D/L method)
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Openers Ajinkya Rahane and Robin Uthappa made fifties as India beat Bangladesh by seven wickets after a nearly three-hour rain interruption during their chase. Bangladesh rustled up 272 for 9 after choosing to bat on a slow pitch. In reply, Uthappa and Rahane racked up 99 at more than run a ball. Then it poured, but the drainage in Mirpur allowed a revised target of 150 in 26 overs to be set. The rain had freshened up the pitch and the Indians found the ball turning and bouncing sharply but, even then, 50 required in the remaining 9.2 overs did not prove to too hard to knock off.

India had the openers to thank for giving them such a solid headstart. Playing his first ODI in nearly six years, Uthappa showed he was still in the same touch that had earned him ten successive scores of 40 or more in the IPL.

First ball of the innings, he flowed forward to steer Mashrafe Mortaza behind point for two. Mortaza responded by beating the outside edge twice in the next three balls. That was about as difficult as it was going to get for Uthappa. In the fourth over, he opened the face to guide Al-Amin Hossain past slip for four and also drove him past mid-on for the same result.

Two shots were emphatic proof of the ridiculous form Uthappa is in. On a pitch where batsmen had to resort to slog-sweeps to generate power and distance, he stepped down to Abdur Razzak in the left-arm spinner's first over and calmly clipped him over the deep midwicket boundary. Three overs later, he drove Shakib Al Hasan in the air, held his straight followthrough and watched the ball sail over the wide long-off rope.

Rahane had to labour harder for his runs. He started slowly and eventually decided to give Mortaza the charge. The first time, he cleared mid-on awkwardly, the second time, he timed it for six over extra cover. He was at ease after that, as both batsmen easily and regularly rotated the strike.

Uthappa had just reached his fifty when he was given leg-before off Shakib, replays showing a healthy inside edge before ball hit pad. The skies had been threatening to open for quite some time, and they did so in the same over.

Upon resumption, Shakib belted out successive appeals for leg-before against Cheteshwar Pujara as the ball darted around alarmingly. The second appeal saw Pujara heading back for a duck, even as replays suggested the ball would have gone over the stumps.

Some confused running and close calls followed, but Rahane and Ambati Rayudu found the big hits ultimately, and captain Suresh Raina completed the job with more than an over to spare.

Bangladesh would have felt confident at the break after taking India's ragtag attack, with two debutant spinners and two limping fast bowlers, for 272. They could have got even more. Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib, Anamul Haque and Mahmudullah made solid contributions but all of them fell when they were looking good for more.

India were hurt by Mohit Sharma hobbling off the field in his fourth over. He came back but could send down only two more. The other fast bowler Umesh Yadav also pulled up and lost his lines in the Dhaka heat at the death.

Bangladesh targetted the three specialist spinners after a rather slow start. It was Mushfiqur who built some momentum. Yadav and Mohit had tied down the top order with their discipline. Bangladesh were 35 for 2 in the 11th over when Mushfiqur came in and began positively, his approach also rubbing off on Anamul.

Even as Anamul holed out after moving to 44, cutting short a promising stand at 52, Mushfiqur continued slog-sweeping at the other end and raced past his fifty. The shot eventually brought his downfall, and the mishit gave debutant Parvez Rasool his second wicket. Yet another partnership had grown but had been terminated prematurely, this time at 47.

Shakib and Mahmudullah, another batsman in need of runs, now added a composed 65 for the fifth wicket. Both batsmen fell against the run of play, once again. Bangladesh slipped from 229 for 5 to 235 for 8 but Mortaza and Razzak clubbed a few boundaries to haul them to 272. They weren't getting those many to defend, though.

Abhishek Purohit is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on June 17, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    Very composed and professional performance to start with. Robbie has been phenomenal throughout his previous domestic season, IPL and now the show is going on better and better. Decision of testing the bench strength came at the best time and we have best probables for the WC2015 to test here-forth. I strongly believe Uthappa would be a better choice to open than Rohit, he is struggling with swinging n bouncy deliveries, that we've seen many times in NZ and his inability to rotate in early overs is a matter of worry, that creates a whole lot of pressure on him n also on Dhawan. Also, we dont have a solid batsman at no.4 and we see Raina as a finisher than a big-score guy. Rohit has a talent to be in the XI but at no.4. My 16-men squad for WC2015 would be: 1) Dhawan/ Rahane 2) Uthappa/ Rahane 3) Virat Kohli 4) Rohit Sharma/ Rahane 5) Suresh Raina 6) MS Dhoni 7) Jadeja 8) Ashwin/ Mishra 9) Bhuvi 10) Shami/ Mohit 11) Ishant/ Aaron/ Yadav

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on June 17, 2014, 1:11 GMT

    I highly appreciate Indian Selection Committee to Rest Seniors and give chance to youngsters. If SL played against BD "Jayasuriya" selection committee will include all 6 seniors(Dilshan(38),Mahela(37),Sanga(37),Hearth(36),Kula(32),Mali(31)) and they will play all matches. In That case Indian Young Cricketers r so lucky. Well done India C team.Congrats

  • Udendra on June 16, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    I'm not a fan of these "half matches". Nothing like a full 50 overs.

  • switchmitch on June 16, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    Couple of points to note here:

    India's bench strength is too good for Bangla India is testing out bowlers, especially spinners in this series Indian Batsmen (2nd, 3rd or 5th string, no matter) are not scared of chasing anything, they look forward to it Many people don't know the difference between "Lose" and "Loose" Mushfiq made a "Loose" statement about India being a second string team and now he is "Losing" his credibility after he "loses" very badly to the same second string team...

  • baghels.a on June 16, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    Well yes an Indian fan i am pleased with the win...Eden Gardens and BCCI need to take a cue from fantastic drainage facilities at Mirpur ground , just a few week back for IPL qualifier match Eden ground staff was finding it difficult to get the ground ready even 24 after the rain stopped but Mirpur ground staff took hardly more than an hour to get the ground ready.

  • ImonG on June 16, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    " If they loose, it would be India that would loose, not India A". This comment from Mushfiq makes complete sense now. There is some thing that one has to read between the lines, which says " If we loose, we would loose to India, not India A, and that's perfectly normal, so no brick bats please". Ha ha ha Well done Mushfiq, now we have understood what you really meant to say.

  • dummy4fb on June 16, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    I am not sure why such a series was arranged in the middle of Monsoon and so many players rested. Could have gone to England early for some matches against the County teams. It is of no consequence which ever team wins the series. May be one or two from the bench is going to feature in the bigger series and by the time they would step in either they would be out of form or new players would be banging the door for opportunity.

  • android_user on June 16, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    @SanjivAwesome- So you thought India can't chase it? 273? Well, It's your opinion but nowadays there's no other team that chase really well like India.. I agree It's a young team but they all have huge first class experience.. Sachin, Dravid, Sunil Gavaskar, Gundappa Vishwanath, Dilip Vengsarkar(The only visiting team player to the Lord's to hit 3 centuries there) VVS Laxman, Javagal Srinath, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Kapil Dev..These are some of our stalwarts who played for the national team only after performing well in the domestic competition. There was no IPL then.. Our current crop of cricketers are not just T20 material but a complete package.. Australia would never say what Mushfiqur said abt this Indian team cz they know it can backfire horrendously..so they would give respect in the press conference but not on the field.. Sledging is normal nowadays..Indians sledge aussies too..But there should be a sense of respect for each other's playing abilities..

  • android_user on June 16, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    @Naveed Khan- India's watching it too bcz we want to see our bench strength for world cup 2015.. Uthappa should be there as opener for sure in the world cup squad.. Rohit Sharma is good but not the best.. Sehwag was our best opener ever but Uthappa is more sensible in opening..Playing the ball according to It's merit.. I hope Dhoni's reading my comment.. Please Dhoni, Bring Uthappa in the team and see India winning the world cup again..

  • Kruns on June 16, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    The time is gone when india didnt had the bench strenth to fill in replacements now for all the positions in batting mostly india has an alternative thats great.... Uthapa and rahane playing well creates a fear factor for dhawan as well now to perform and to some extend on Rohit...All the players playing in this team can easily come into a senior Indian side so not only bangladesh but this team can beat anyside in the world on a given day...

    I think now India should start giving rohit chance at number four to ensure that he has number of games before going to the world cup as i think he would be the best at that position ofcourse only if he converts his talent and potential into performance ....