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Debutant Mustafizur sinks India with five-for

Strong batting effort helps Bangladesh put up 307 before bowlers stop visitor 79 short to take 1-0 lead

Debutant Mustafizur sinks India with five-for - Cricket News
Mustafizur Rahman finished with 5 for 50 with his left-arm medium-pace on debut.
There are batsmen who can send spirits soaring with the silken elegance of their strokeplay. There are others who can send pulses racing with their crash-bang-wallop method of plundering runs. There are bowlers who can set hearts aflutter because of the X-factor when they steam in, or because of their youth when they start out.
Bangladesh found a perfect mix of each against India, sending a packed Sher-e-Bangla Stadium into raptures on Thursday (June 18) with a 79-run demolition, only its fourth One-Day International win over the opponent in 31 encounters. Victory put Bangladesh 1-0 up in the three-match series, and came on the back of a collective batting show followed by inspired bowling.
Soumya Sarkar (54 off 40) led the way in an innings that had five men scoring more than 30 but none more than 60, for a total of 307 all out in 49.4 overs, Bangladesh’s highest against India. Taskin Ahmed then tore a chunk out of India’s chase with the wickets of Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli in three balls, a sequence that led to India sliding from 95 for no loss in 15.5 overs to 128 for 5 in 25.3 overs, the top order – and chances of victory – evaporating in the humid Mirpur air. Eventually, the visiting side subsided to 228 all out in 46 overs, but the bowling honours went to Mustafizur Rahman, the 19-year-old debutant, who finished with 5 for 50 with his left-arm medium-pace, emulating Taskin’s feat on debut from a year ago. The difference was that Bangladesh had ended up the losing side when Taskin took his fifer, while Mustafizur’s feat came in victory.
The gloss from Bangladesh’s splendid show was taken off somewhat by ugly incidents, but in purely cricketing terms, it was undoubtedly the superior side on the night. Bat v ball apart, there were other less savoury clashes too. None more than when MS Dhoni barged into Mustafizur when taking a single. The history behind the collision was that the bowler had repeatedly been running in the batsmen’s way and even had words with Rohit Sharma earlier on.

It was all so far removed from the first hour of the match, which was marked by cricketing purity of the classiest kind, Sarkar making the ball purr off his bat to set Bangladesh on its way to a winning total.
India made a confident start to the chase, Rohit taking charge while Dhawan played the supporting role. Bangladesh had taken the risky decision of going in with a four-man pace attack, Taskin and Mustafizur joined by Mashrafe Mortaza and Rubel Hossain. For the first third of India’s innings, it looked like the plan was coming unstuck, with the openers scoring at a run-a-ball.

Enter Taskin, who had been given only two overs with the new ball, and the action picked up. Dhawan went first, edging behind to Rahim – who was relieved to hold on to one after having dropped Dhawan twice earlier. In Taskin’s next over, he got the prized wicket of Kohli, who threw his bat at a wide ball but only gave Rahim a second catch, making India 101 for 2 in the 18th over.
The key strike came soon after, Mustafizur bowling one of his many off-cutters – a slower one this time – that Rohit got a leading edge to and was held comfortably at mid-off. Rohit’s 68-ball 63 had been a superb knock marked by trademark drives, flicks and pulls, but his fall derailed India’s chase. Mustafizur got Ajinkya Rahane next, smartly caught by Nasir at cover. He then shut the door completely on India with the wickets of Suresh Raina and Ashwin off successive balls. In between, Shakib Al Hasan had got Dhoni to edge behind and India was 188 for 7, the only realistic option being to reduce the margin of defeat.
Mustafizur, who had to go off the field after the collision with Dhoni, wasn’t to be denied his fifer though, and Ravindra Jadeja became his fifth victim and the eight Indian to fall, hitting down the throat of long-on. All of his victims had come via the left-armer’s off-cutter.

That he could bowl with the Indians under pressure of an asking rate was thanks to the collective batting show. At the top, Sarkar was all fluidity and, at the other end, Tamim Iqbal (60 off 60) chose brawn over art, with beefy hits and a method that involved charging out to the bowlers more than once every over. However, with the Indian pacers wayward, and little help in the pitch, the tactic worked and the openers put on 102 runs in just 82 balls, the highest for Bangladesh against India. Sarkar was run out just after reaching his fifty with an audacious upper cut for four off Mohit Sharma, and an hour-long stoppage for rain followed, which robbed the innings of some momentum.
Ashwin came back from the break a changed bowler, and brought India back with a spell of 5-0-12-3, and with the scoreboard at 146 for 4 in the 24th over, the match was finely poised. Shakib (52 off 68) and Sabbir Rahman (41 off 44) stabilised the innings with an 83-run stand in 86 balls, the pacers continuing to leak runs and even forcing Dhoni to use Kohli for a couple of overs after the 40th.
Bangladesh lost its way somewhat in the last phase of the innings, losing five wickets in 36 balls, but still ended up with a score of above 300 thanks to the good work the top order had put in.
In the end, it was more than enough for the bowlers to rip through India.

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