Bangladesh v India, 1st ODI, Mirpur

Raina's compensation, and Uthappa's return

Plays of the day from the first ODI between Bangladesh and India in Mirpur

Mohammad Isam and Alagappan Muthu in Dhaka

June 15, 2014

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Robin Uthappa steers the ball down the off side, Bangladesh v India, 1st ODI, Mirpur, June 15, 2014
Robin Uthappa was fluent in his fifty until he was harshly adjudged lbw © AFP
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The change-up
Caution seemed to be Bangladesh's only concern in the early overs. The effort to preserve wickets took precedence over gaining any kind of fluency. But the game plan shifted after Mushfiqur Rahim's arrival at the crease and the urgency he showed infected his partner as well. In the 21st over, Anamul Haque thrust forward, switched his stance and lay in wait. Parvez Rasool was unable to counter and a reverse sweep sailed to the point boundary. The crowd had largely used the signs bearing "4" or "6" as portable fans. This time, they were up on their feet, waving them enthusiastically.

The captain's compensation
Umesh Yadav tested the hardness of the Mirpur pitch and extracted appreciable bounce in his first spell. However, when he induced the outside edge from Anamul Haque, Suresh Raina could not react sharply enough. He leapt up at first slip, but the ball popped out of his hands and dribbled to the boundary. It took until the 46th over for the captain to remedy his mistake, and he did so in some style. Ziaur Rahman sought the extra-cover boundary, but Yadav's shorter length lured a miscue. Raina's eyes were locked on the ball and as it looped to his right, he dived low and the extended right hand clutched the ball before it could spill on to the turf.

The desperate appeal
Amit Mishra was on a hat-trick and he had Bangladesh's No.10 in his sights. The legspinner had bowled a fluent Mahmudullah with one that didn't turn. The same ploy accounted for Nasir Hossain and he looked to go one better when he opted for a seam-up yorker. Abdur Razzak was slow on his attempted flick, but the ball was slid well down the leg side. Mishra would not accept he had shelled his opportunity and launched a vociferous appeal for both caught behind and a stumping. The umpire firmly shook his head and the keeper was already throwing the ball to one of the fielders.

The quiet, erroneous exit
Tamim Iqbal's wretched run in 2014 continued with an eleven-ball duck. He was squared up by Umesh Yadav in the fourth over, and after the bowler and the fielders appealed in unison, umpire Kumar Dharmasena raised his finger. Tamim was curiously quiet about the decision as replays later showed that the ball hadn't exactly taken the edge but the bat hit the pad at the same time the ball went past it. Tamim copped booing as he walked off but replays shown at the ground were not definitive.

The inside edge
In his first ODI after six years, Robin Uthappa was batting fluently but his innings was cut short by a poor leg-before decision after he edged Shakib Al Hasan on to his front pad. Umpire Enamul Haque waited for Shakib to reach a crescendo in his appeal before raising his finger. Uthappa half-showed his bat when the appeal was taking place but then walked off disappointed. It was the last act before rain came down hard in Mirpur.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84
Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Naresh28 on (June 16, 2014, 9:27 GMT)

@ferocious_aarv - agree with you Aaron and Yadav need to be used in tandem. They are our fastest bowlers. They may have learnt a few tricks from the coaches at IPL.

Posted by   on (June 16, 2014, 7:40 GMT)

Why can't we have DRS in every game India would have learnt it by now.

Posted by snbirdi on (June 16, 2014, 6:08 GMT)

In all seriousness, when you hear even the commentators say things like "Simon Taufel very seldom gets them wrong", you learn to appreciate great umpires like him officiating in your home team's match. The umps in this match were a sorry excuse for officials, that should be limited to officiating if not just street, AT THE MOST high school matches.

Posted by Nampally on (June 16, 2014, 0:55 GMT)

As if even the God was displeased with the manner in which BD umpire gave Uthappa LBW when he had played the ball on to his pads. That was the last straw & the rain poured down in anger! I was surprised to see the neutral Umpires NOT being used in this match. Even Pujara was given out wrongly by the same Umpire to the same bowler's appeal. Will this Umpire be retained for the next 2 ODI's?

Posted by indianzen on (June 15, 2014, 20:39 GMT)

Bangladesh got those wickets because of umpire, who don't know cricket... Mr.Rahim, talk with playing and not just by mouth... waste of 7 days in "owen" Dhaka...

Posted by ferocious_aarv on (June 15, 2014, 18:43 GMT)

How can you miss umpiring howlers ? It was shame to see the decisions going against batsman...

Posted by TheStaroftheEast on (June 15, 2014, 18:19 GMT)

Hey how about checking our pace bowling strength....Varun Aaron would have been a good pick to check how he wold cope

Posted by   on (June 15, 2014, 15:59 GMT)

This win shows that even India A team is much better than Bangladesh. Way to go Bangla.

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