Bangladesh vs India 1st ODI: India draw first blood in rain-affected encounter

Rahane was named Man of the Match for his brilliant knock of 64

Rahane was named Man of the Match for his brilliant knock of 64

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India’s opening pair of Robin Uthappa and Ajinkya Rahane both scored half-centuries to lead their side to a seven-wicket win via the Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-affected encounter against Bangladesh in Mirpur.

Despite Bangladesh putting up a gutsy fight, India still triumphed with seven balls to spare.

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim would have been regretting his decision to bat first after opening batsman Tamim Iqbal was caught behind off the bowling of Umesh Yadav for a duck.

Mominul Haque only made six runs before he was also caught behind off the bowling of Yadav.

Rahim and Anamul Haque stabilised the innings with a 52-run partnership before Haque was caught by Ambati Rayudu at deep midwicket off the bowling of debutant Parvez Rasool.

Rahim went on to score 59 off 63 balls, which included three boundaries and three sixes, before he was caught by Ajinkya Rahane off the bowling of Rasool.

Rahim made a gutsy 59

Rahim made a gutsy 59

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Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah, who was playing in his 100th ODI, kept the runs flowing with a 65-run partnership, during which Al Hasan brought up his half-century, before he was caught and bowled by India captain Suresh Raina for 52, which came off 58 balls and included four boundaries and a six.

Al Hasan scored a valiant 52

Al Hasan scored a valiant 52

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Mahmudullah ended up scoring 41 before he was clean bowled by Amit Mishra.

Ziaur Rahman only made two runs before he was caught by Raina at extra cover off the bowling of Yadav.

Nasir Hossain made a quickfire 22 before he was caught by Rahane at long-off off the bowling of Mishra.

Mashrafe Mortaza mustered 18 runs before he was clean bowled by debutant Akshar Patel.

Bangladesh eventually finished on 272/9 off their 50 overs.

Yadav was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Mishra and Rasool snapped up two wickets apiece and Patel and Raina claimed one wicket each.

Chasing 273 to win, India got off to a superb start as Rahane and Robin Uthappa amassed a 99-run partnership, during which Uthappa registered his half-century, before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Al Hasan.

However, Uthappa’s dismissal caused a bit of an uproar as replays showed that he had actually edged the ball onto his pad.

Nonetheless, Uthappa’s fantastic knock of 50 came off 44 balls and included three boundaries and three sixes.

Uthappa struck three boundaries and three sixes during his innings of 50

Uthappa struck three boundaries and three sixes during his innings of 50

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Just a few deliveries later, the heavens parted and the play was suspended.

After a lengthy delay, India were given a new target of 150 to win off 26 overs.

Bangladesh seemed to benefit from the rain delay as Al Hasan trapped Cheteshwar Pujara lbw for a duck.

Rahane ended up scoring 64 off 70 balls, which included five boundaries and two sixes, before he was brilliantly caught by Rahman at short third man off the bowling of Mortaza.

Rayudu and Raina finished things off with ease as India won by seven wickets.

Al Hasan was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Mortaza claimed one.

Rahim was disappointed to have lost the match, and said: “After looking at that wicket I think we were 20 short. But they batted really well, especially in the first 10 overs. Our bowlers also gave away loose balls. Their bowlers didn’t do that. Decision at the toss can go either way. As I said this was a young Indian side. Had we got those 20 extra runs…”

Raina was ecstatic to have taken a 1-0 lead in the series, and said: “Pleased with Robin and Ajju. Very happy with the bowlers, especially Rasool and Akshar. And obviously Mishra. It was very tough for the bowlers in these conditions. Both fast bowlers were cramping up. The toughest conditions we have bowled in, in terms of the heat. Robin has been batting well, and Ajju is one of the cleanest batsmen I have seen.”

Rahane was named Man of the Match, and said: “Really happy. The start is really important for any series. The partnership at the top was crucial, but the bowlers did really well in that heat. It was really challenging. We just wanted to give our 100%. We thought they were 15-20 short. The credit goes to the bowlers.”

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