Debutant Mustafizur stars as Bangladesh stun India

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Mirpur (Bangladesh), June 18: High-flying India were brought down to earth by a spirited Bangladesh who pulled off an upset 79-run victory in the first ODI to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, here today. (Kohli keeps wickets)

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Bangladesh outsmarted India in all departments of the game and extracted a sweet revenge for their their quarterfinal loss at the hands of the same opponents in the World Cup earlier this year.

Mustafizur Rahman, centre, celebrates with teammates the dismissal of Suresh Raina

Chasing an imposing 308 for win, the Indians made a steady start before losing wickets at heap to be bundled out for 228 with four overs to spare.

Openers Rohit Sharma (63 off 68) and Shikhar Dhawan (30 off 38) stitched a 95-run stand for the first wicket, while Suresh Raina - with a run-a-ball 40 - and Ravindra Jadeja (32 off 42) also tried their bit to save the day for India, which was not to be.

Debutant Mustafizur Rahman (5/50) turned out to be the star performer for Bangladesh with the ball, picking up a fifer in his first international match. He was supported well by pace partner Taskin Ahmed (2/21) and Shakib al Hasan (2/33).

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Earlier, Indian bowlers were taken to task by some fantastic batting by Bangladesh top-order as the home team posted a challenging score of 307 all out in 49.4 overs, their highest score against India in ODIs, surpassing the previous best of 296 for six at the same venue in 2010.

Openers Soumya Sarkar (54 off 40 balls) and Tamim Iqbal (60 off 62 balls) added 102 runs for the opening stand in only 13.4 overs to lay a solid foundation. Shakib (52 off 68 balls), Sabbir Rahaman (41 off 44 balls) and Nasir Hossain (34) batted well in the middle- order to take Bangladesh to a substantial total.

While Ravichandran Ashwin (3/51 in 10 overs) was the most successful bowler for India, Umesh Yadav (2/58 in 8 overs) and Mohit Sharma (1/53 in 4.3 overs) were especially taken apart by the Bangladeshi batsmen.

Ravindra Jadeja (1/48) was good in patches and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/37 in 7 overs) ended with a decent outing. Later, as the target suggested it was bound to be a tough chase for the Indians and it turned out to be so.

Ravindra Jadeja (right) and Dhoni react after the former dismissed Sabbir Rahman

India's opening duo of Rohit and Dhawan were off to a shaky start as Bangladesh's pace combination of Mustafizur and Taskin bowled a prodding line and length.

The duo's disciplined bowling initially didn't allow the Indian openers to free their arms as the visitors made just 17 runs off the first four overs.

But after the initial jitters, the openers finally opened up when Dhawan dished out a fine cover drive off Taskin to strike the first boundary of the visitors' innings in the last ball off the fourth over.

The 2nd ODI will be played at the same venue on Sunday (June 21).


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