Bangladesh vs. India
2nd match, Asia Cup 2014
Ifaz Khorshed Hassan from Fatullah
India win by 6 wickets
India 280/4 (49/50) (Kohli 136, Rahane 73, Ziaur 1-20)
Bangladesh 279/7 (50.0/50) (Mushfiqur 117, Anamul 77, Shami 4-50)
Centuries by both captains dominated this match but the one that eventually mattered belonged to none other than Virat Kohli. Mushfiqur Rahim’s splendid 117 went in vain as India chased down 279 comfortably. A magnificent knock from the Indian captain, Virat Kohli, reasserted his stature as one of the best batsmen in history of cricket. The way he composed his innings was a treat to watch and it incorporated shots all around the wicket. He got a reprieve on 35 when Rubel Hossein failed to cling on to what would have a stunner off Gazi but Kohli otherwise flawless innings laden with wonderful stroke play. Along with Rahane, he accumulated a mammoth partnership of 213 for the 3rd wicket and it shut all doors for the Tigers to sneak in. It was just about one partnership and Bangladesh’s inability to break it culminated in a crushing defeat.
Indian openers found it difficult to get going in the initial overs of their chase with the Bangladeshi seamers bowling with immaculate control. Mashrafe Mortaza and Rubel Hossein were able to put a stranglehold on the explosive Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. The first four overs yielded only 6 runs but the shackles broke when Dhawan stepped down the wicket to crash Mashrafe through cover. Mushfiqur introduced Abdur Razzak into the attack and his wily deliveries troubled Dhawan. He became the first scalp for Bangladesh while attempting a sweep off Razzak. Rohit Sharma’s wickets were rattled when Ziaur Rahman’s delivery jagged back to catch him off-guard. Two quick wickets brought to crease the prolific run getter Virat Kohli and composed Ajinkya Rahane. Given the form he is in, Kohli wasted no time to tear the bowling apart while Rahane took his time to settle down. From that point onwards, an Indian victory looked inevitable. Heavy dew made spinners ineffective in the evening and their control deteriorated greatly. Kohli spared no mercy as he punished every bowler severely for straying in line and length. Rubel Hossein bowled Kohli for 136 but by then the game was almost won. Rahane holed out at long-on trying to finish the game early but Rayudu and Karthik completed the chase with an over to spare.
Earlier in the afternoon, Musfiqur Rahim’s impressive 2nd ODI century and Anamul’s resolute 77 guided Bangladesh to a decent total after put to bat first. The 3rd wicket pair of Mushfiqur and Anamul added 133, highest against India, after India made early inroads and Mushfiqur single handedly shouldered responsibility in absence of Tamim and Shakib.
At 49 for 2 in the thirteenth over, Mushfiqur joined Anamul at the crease with India aiming to seize control. Anamul displayed grit and controlled aggression throughout his innings. Mushfiqur was at his calmest and rotated the strike to keep the scoreboard ticking. The innings made smooth progress until the two launched into Varon Aaron in the batting powerplay. Anamul was dismissed by Aaron for 77 but Bangladesh looked comfortable at 208 for 3 after 40 overs. Just when the Tigers threatened to launch a massive onslaught, Mohammad Shami struck to remove Naeem Islam. The following batters failed to provide apt support to the skipper and the chances of a total in excess of 300 appeared remote. Bangladesh scored only 71 in the final ten overs. Shami was the pick of the Indian bowlers with 4 wickets.
The toss played a huge role in the outcome of this match with the dew wreaking havoc for the spinners in gripping the ball. Tigers will square-off against Afghanistan in their next outing at the same ground on 1st March and a better performance is surely expected from Mushfiqur’s team.