Bangladesh vs. India
2nd match, Asia Cup 2014
Ifaz Khorshed Hassan from Fatullah
India need 280 to win at 5.60 runs per over.
Bangladesh 279/7 (50.0/50) (Mushfiqur 117, Anamul 77, Shami 4-50)
Musfiqur Rahim’s splendid 2nd ODI century and Anamul’s resolute 77 guided Bangladesh to a decent total. The 3rd wicket pair of Mushfiqur and Anamul added 133, highest against India, after India made early inroads. Bangladesh launched their Asia Cup mission low on morale due to absence of their two experienced campaigners’ Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal but it failed to dampen Mushfiqur’s spirits. He single handedly shouldered the batting responsibility.
At 49 for 2 in the thirteenth over, Mushfiqur joined Anamul at the crease with India in control but the pair had other ideas. Anamul displayed grit and controlled aggression throughout. He brought up his fifty with a neat six over long-on off Ashwin. His knock included 5 fours and 3 sixes. 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.
Earlier in the afternoon, Virat Kohli asked Bangladesh to bat first. The expected dew later in the evening might as well take the sting out of Bangladeshi spinners. Shamsur looked aggressive from the outset but perished early off Mohammad Shami’s quick short ball in the sixth over. Mominul walked in at No.3 and looked in good touch after a nervy start. Kohli made his first bowling change on the twelfth over. Varun Aaron was introduced to the attack but Mominul creamed two boundaries through cover to unsettle his rhythm. He never really recovered from that and conceded 74 runs in eight overs. He had to be taken off after bowling two beamers with the second one hitting Mushfiqur straight on his chest. Ashwin claimed the scalp of Mominul.
Given India’s strong batting line-up and a placid surface at Fatullah, the chase does not seem difficult. Bangladesh must be aggrieved that they are probably short by about 20 runs. But then again, nothing should be taken for granted when the Tigers are on the field. Moreover, India is in poor form after losing all their ODI’s against New Zealand.