Mirpur (Bangladesh), June 19: Bangladesh's newspapers hailed their cricket team after they stunned India by 79 runs in the opening ODI here last night (June 18).
Debutant left-arm paceman Mustafizur Rahman was the hosts' hero as he took 5/50 to derail India's run chase of 308. The MS Dhoni-led side was bowled out for 228 with 4 overs left in the match at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium. (Kohli becomes wicketkeeper)
Bangladesh's English newspapers were effusive in their praise for the team, known as "Tigers". The 19-year-old Rahman too was appreciated highly for his match-winning bowling effort.
"Welcome to the jungle," said Dhaka Tribune's headline on Friday morning after Bangladesh had registered their 9th ODI win in a row at home. (Dhoni in all 4 defeats to Bangla)
"Revenge is a dish best served cold and thanks to Mustafiz, the Tigers exacted sweet vengeance yesterday," the paper wrote referring to the controversial ICC World Cup 2015 quarter-final between the sides in Australia.
"Excitement. Elation. These were some of the emotions experienced by the Bangladesh cricketers yesterday as they faced their sub-continent rival for the first time since their controversial 2015 ICC World Cup quarter-final. That particular clash at Melbourne Cricket Ground forced the Tigers to garner some bitter memories," the paper added.
The Daily Star newspaper's headline read, "Tigers truly terrific."
"The Tigers have been trying to make the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium a fortified stronghold for quite some time. And on Thursday night they took a giant step towards achieving that goal with a surprisingly facile 79-run win against India," The Daily Star wrote.
The New Nation said, "Tigers roar out India" while The Daily Sun wrote, "India under Tigers' claw".
The second ODI will take place at the same stadium on June 21 (Sunday).