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India ease home in rain-hit game

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)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

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.

Consistent Rahane


The number of fifties Ajinkya Rahane has scored in his last five ODI innings

Mahmudullah v India


Mahmudullah's economy rate against India in ODIs - he is only more expensive against Pakistan (6.42)

Pujara's poor start


The number of ducks Pujara has scored in three ODI innings. He scored 13 in his only other innings, making his ODI average a dismal 4.3.

Missed a landmark


The number of times Indian openers have posted a 100+ stand against Bangladesh - Uthappa and Rahane put up 99 today.

India's starts


The number of times India have not lost a wicket in the first 10 overs of an ODI innings against Bangladesh.

Razzak's record


The number of wickets Abdur Razzak has taken in ODIs - the only Bangladesh bowler with more than 200 ODI wickets. Shakib Al Hasan is next with 165 wickets



Cumulative ODIs played by Bangladesh's five primary bowlers - India's five primary bowlers have played 61 games

Robin's return


The number of years since Robin Uthappa last played an ODI game for India.

Big-hitting Mortaza


Mashrafe Mortaza hits a six every 32 balls in ODIs - the most frequent for a Bangladesh player (min. 20 sixes)

Ban v Ind


Times Bangladesh have scored 250+ v. Ind in ODIs. They've not done this more than 3 times v. other teams, except Zim

Effective Mishra


Amit Mishra's ODI bowling average post 2012 - the best for India in this period. His strike rate (19) is also the best

Milestone alert


Bangladesh players with 1000+ ODI runs; Nasir Hossain needs 41 today to become the 18th

Mahmudullah v India


Mahmudullah's ODI batting average against India - his best against any team

Welcome fifty


Number of days since Shakib Al Hasan last scored an ODI half-century

Most debuts


Players with ODI debuts for India in the last year - no other Full Member has more debutants in this period