Bangladesh v India, 1st ODI, Mirpur June 18, 2015

Dhoni bumps into debutant Mustafizur

Soumya Sarkar's run-out and his exquisite shots among plays of the day from the first ODI between Bangladesh and India
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Soumya Sarkar was left high and dry by Tamim Iqbal again © AFP

The collision
In the 25th over of the chase, MS Dhoni came into contact with the bowler Mustafizur Rahman while running between the wickets. It was not the first time in the game that the Bangladesh debutant had got in the way of an Indian batsman. Rohit had to run around the bowler as well earlier in the innings. Dhoni, however, held his line and thudded his left arm into Mustafizur who then had to leave the field for a bit. In this case, the bigger person did not fall harder.

The three-peat
When Soumya Sarkar was going great, the last thing one would have expected to see was a run-out. But that's what exactly happened in the 14th over when he and Tamim Iqbal had a fatal miscommunication. Tamim dug out the yorker but his tumble over was taken as a start for a run by Soumya who went ahead too far. Suresh Raina's direct hit ended his promising innings. This was the third time the two were involved in a run-out, with Sarkar falling victim each time.

The mimic
A free-flowing left-hand batsman. A dibbly-dobbly right-arm seamer. Launched his cricket career with a century at Eden Gardens playing for Bangladesh U-17s. That's Soumya Sarkar's Sourav Ganguly connection. His batting in Mirpur teased other comparisons as well. He stood tall to a back of length delivery, with the bat hoisted over his shoulder. Then it came down like the gentlest of hammers. The front-foot pull a la Yuvraj Singh, merging timing and power. When he got a proper short ball, Sarkar stayed beside it, waited until it passed him and opened the face to propel the ball to the third-man boundary and reach his fifty, off 38 balls. A Virender Sehwag shot helping him maintain a Virender Sehwag pace.

Double duty
India's quicks were leaking again. With R Ashwin and Suresh Raina bowing well, MS Dhoni felt taking pace off the ball was the best option. So he tossed the ball to Virat Kohli and packed the leg side. Two overs for 12 didn't quite bring out the squeeze India wanted. Kohli was taken off, but he wasn't found at any of his usual fielding posts. He was behind the stumps with Dhoni's gloves and no pads. Like in Johannesburg when the India captain fancied a bowl late on the fourth day. This time though Dhoni was simply visiting the dressing room for an over. To add to the strangeness of that short period of play, a relatively assured Shakib Al Hasan found a way to get caught off a short ball.

The set-up?
It pays to be a good sweeper. Very little can frustrate a spinner as much for you are getting runs and throwing him off his length as well. Sabbir Rahman enhances that strategy with his power. Ravindra Jadeja complicates it by bowling quick and flat. Cue a good contest. The batsman missed his first attempt and the off stump was left standing by the smallest margin. The second one, as a result of the ball being wider and tossed up a tad more, skimmed away to the midwicket boundary. By now Jadeja's begun glaring at Sabbir. The angry full, fast delivery came, slipped through that trusty sweep and toppled the off stump.

The premature decision
Umpire Rod Tucker raised his finger as soon as Mashrafe Mortaza turned to appeal, once Shikhar Dhawan, on 15, edged the ball to the wicketkeeper in the tenth over. The trouble was, Mushfiqur Rahim dropped a second successive catch in as many overs. After he had dropped a regulation chance of the same batsman off Rubel Hossain, Mushfiqur leapt to his right but could not hold on to the edge.

There was confusion as Tucker had presumptuously given Dhawan out without seeing if Mushfiqur took the catch cleanly or not. Just as Mushfiqur went to his right and landed on the ground, the ball popped out of his gloves, but Tucker had not waited until then. Nasir Hossain then tried to run the batsman out who had walked out of his crease, on his way to the dressing room, but play was dead by then. Bangladesh had missed Dhawan twice in two overs.

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

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  • Dummy4 on June 21, 2015, 9:49 GMT

    Why is Dhoni still playing after retiring from Test cricket look at Aussies they retire honourably.

  • Fatman on June 19, 2015, 14:45 GMT

    Sometimes it's easy to win a match or a series, but to win a heart it takes courage, honesty and innocence which is quite hard to find these days. Mustafiz you have won our heart. You got down, got injured but never stop fighting which makes you our hero.

    P.s. Mr. Captain Cool, you had a chance to be a bigger person here, but you chose to be an ordinary person. #riseofthetigers

  • Robert on June 19, 2015, 14:00 GMT

    "Bangladesh will win one match here and there ..but never win a major title. "

    - Haha. You lost.

  • Dummy4 on June 19, 2015, 8:34 GMT

    Dhoni is supposed to be a gentleman and calm, esp against another kid. Lets not be like how Aussies were against us. Anyways we lost! Thats good enough for Bangladesh.

  • Venkat on June 19, 2015, 7:28 GMT

    As long as Dhoni carries liabilities in the team like Mohit , Yadav ,Ishant etc ,India will only go downhill . Further,it is surprising that Dhoni has lost his ability to score freely . Frankly,Dhoni is struggling to put bat to ball and does not deserve to be in the team,leave alone be the captain. Dhoni's usefulness in the team is a big question mark now.

  • Dummy4 on June 19, 2015, 7:26 GMT

    Bangladesh will win one match here and there ..but never win a major title.

  • Tausif on June 19, 2015, 6:28 GMT

    What a great result! Lets just hope Mustafiz stays focused on the game and not on the batsmen's path. Really concerned about Mushfiq. Since that injury all aspects of his game have taken a dive. Hope its a temporary thing.

  • Dummy4 on June 19, 2015, 5:44 GMT

    Beating India like that was excellent. Even Indian commentators were saying that Bangladesh Cricket is now a man, not a boy anymore.

    Nicely Done.Respect.

  • Muralidharan on June 19, 2015, 5:34 GMT

    It is not Dhoni but the Indian seamers and batsmen were responsible for the defeat. India must immediately remove the stupid Yadav and bring in some new bowler. He has been around for more than five years now and still he doesn't know the tricks of pace bowling. The selectors and Captain should have easily considered Nehra if the selection was based on the performance. What prompted them to select Yadav over Nehra ? It is not that Mohit Sharma has done a better job or in that case. India need some sensible fast bowlers and one or two good all rounders. A lot of talen is there but no body is ready to unearth such talents rather than sticking with the tried and failed players. And Virat thinks he is irreplaceable. Put your mind to cricket.

  • Dummy4 on June 19, 2015, 5:34 GMT

    @Abhishek Subramanya : Ya Mustafiz deserved it...because he sent rohit and rahane to the pavilion

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