India’s loss in 1st ODI against Bangladesh: Bangladesh narrowed the head to head gap with India by 6 wins in ODIs against India after defeating the men in blue by a single wicket at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Sunday.
It was a nail-biting game, and we can’t say that Indian team didn’t fight hard, as they almost won the low-scoring game, but all credits goes to young Indian bowlers and not the batters.
There were many moments when India was in position to change the game, but they failed to do so, and we have to look at those points where the Rohit-led side fails in the 1st match of the series.
Let’s quickly look at the top 3 reasons behind India’s loss in 1st ODI against Bangladesh.
In the first game of the three-match series, India lost its wicket after scoring a pitiful 186 in 41.2 overs.
India’s top-three, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli failed badly in providing a solid base. The left-handed batter Shikhar Dhawan was the first one to walk back after scoring just 9 runs. Rohit Sharma, the team’s captain, struck 27 off 31 balls. While ex-captain Virat Kohli was dismissed for 9 off 15 balls.
Rahul led the Indian middle-order while filling in for first-choice wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, and the versatile batsman hit a quick-fire 73 off 70 balls. Rahul’s entertaining performance helped India to a respectable total, which Bangladesh then successfully chased down in 46 overs.
Failed to take one last wicket
Indian bowlers kept India in the game, with all the fast bowlers, and spinner Sundar did everything right to guide India closer to the victory, as they took 9 Bangladeshi wickets at the score of 136, with Bangladesh required still 51 to win the game, India bowlers failed to take that last wicket.
Only Mehidy Hasan was the last designated batter present there at that time, and apart from him, no.11 batter Mustafizur Rahman, was there with him, but the Indian bowlers failed to take that one wicket, and everyone knows the result.
After a semi-final exit from T20 World Cup, all were hoping that Indian top-order batters will provide some time to joy with their powerful performance in the Bangladesh series, but it won’t happen.
Like always, Rohit Sharma failed to score big after a good start, while Shikhar and Kohli didn’t even touch the double-digit mark.
It was a test for the middle-order to rescue the side, Shreyas Iyer did some good hands, but he too failed to convert, with only Rahul scored some crucial runs, India only managed to put 186 on board.
Indian bowlers, in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Mohammad Shami, did a great job by taking 9 wickets when the Tigers still required 51 to win.
A great chance for India arise then, when Bangladesh needed more 41, but KL Rahul not just dropped the catch of Mehidy Hasan, he dropped the match too.