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Mushfiqur Rahim stars as Bangladesh beat India in T20Is for first time

This is the first time in nine chances that Bangladesh have managed to beat India in a T20I. Mushfiqur Rahim starred with an unbeaten 60 as the visitors won the match with three balls to spare. Bangladesh now lead the three-match series 1-0.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: November 4, 2019 9:29:41 am
Bangladesh celebrate the wicket of India batsman Shivam Dube during the first T20 in New Delhi on Sunday (PTI Photo)

Bangladesh beat India by 7 wickets in the 1st T20I in New Delhi on Sunday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. This is the first time in nine matches that Bangladesh have managed to beat India in a T20I.

This is also the first time Bangladesh have won a T20I with neither Shakib al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal in the team. There have been only three T20Is they had played before these two before Sunday and had lost all three.

Toss: Bangladesh won the toss and Mahmuddulah Riyadh decided they would field first. India captain Rohit Sharma said at the toss that he would have also opted to field first if he had won the toss.

First Innings: Rohit Sharma (9) looked to give the charge from the word go, but there was a dip in the run rate following his wicket. Shikhar Dhawan (41) played a patient knock at the other end. The approaches from KL Rahul (15 off 17 balls) and Rishabh Pant (27 off 26 balls) were criticized by fans, especially considering that the prediction had been that the match would be a high-scoring one. In contrast, Shreyas Iyer (22 off 13 balls) had a refreshingly attacking approach.

It looked like India would fall around 20 runs short of posting a competitive total owing to the lack of big shots from their batsmen, but there was a late onslaught from Krunal Pandya (15 off 8 balls) and Washington Sundar (14 off 5 balls) which took the Indian score to 148/6 in 20 overs.

Second Innings: India also managed to get one early wicket, as Liton Das (7) fell to Deepak Chahar. However, wickets were hard to come by after this. Yuzvendra Chahal (1/24) was the bowler from the hosts’ ranks who looked the most dangerous. However, luck was not on his side. There were three wrong DRS calls in the 10th over of the innings, which was bowled by Chahal, and then there was a sitter dropped off his bowling in the 18th over.

Mohammad Naim (26) and Soumya Sarkar (39) steadied the Bangladeshi ship after the early wicket. Their highest scorer, however, was senior pro Mushfiqur Rahim (60*), who stood up when his team needed him. With the match on the line, Mushfiqur slammed four consecutive boundaries off Khaleel Ahmed in the 19th over to decide the match.

Gamechanger: The lack of penetration by the Indian bowlers, the lack of intent shown by the Indian batsmen and the team’s general failure at winning the DRS game – there were two missed chances to get a wicket in the 10th over – were the three big factors in the match.

Brief Scores: IND 148/6 (20 overs) | BAN 154/3 (19.3 overs)

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