Bangladesh vs. India
2nd match, Asia Cup 2014
Ifaz Khorshed Hassan from Fatullah
Bangladesh 118/2 after 25 overs (Anamul 52*, Mushfiqur 26*)
Anamul’s fifty and Musfiqur’s calm batting steadied Bangladesh after India made early inroads. Indian fast bowlers opted for a shorter length and it worked as Shamsur departed early on.
Bangladesh launched their Asia Cup mission low on morale after a frustrating series against Sri Lanka. To pile on the misery, Tigers are missing out on their two experienced campaigners’ Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal. Consequently, the Bangladesh team lacked depth in batting.
India’s stand-in captain, Virat Kohli, won the toss and asked Bangladesh to bat on a placid surface. Dew is expected to set in later in the evening and this convinced Kohli to bowl first. Both openers Shamsur Rahman and Anamul Haque made their Asia Cup debut.
Shamsur looked aggressive from the outset but perished early. Mohammad Shami’s quick short ball in the sixth over caught Shamsur off guard and a thick leading edge was taken by the bowler himself. 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. Ravichandra Ashwin was brought in the very next over and struck first ball. Mominul tried to work a flighted delivery to the leg side, got an inside edge and was stumped by Karthik after the ball rolled back to the keeper.
Opener Anamul Haque and captain Mushfiqur Rahim steadied the innings after Bangladesh were reduced to 49 for 2 in the 13th over. Anamul displayed grit and controlled aggression throughout. He brought up his fifty with a neat six over long-on. His knock included 3 fours and 3 sixes. Mushfiqur was at his calmest and rotated the strike to keep the scoreboard ticking.
The crowd is slowly building up at the Fatullah and is expected to be a full house. Bangladesh begins their Asia Cup campaign against formidable opponents, India. The pitch is easy paced and once again a flat batting deck. It’s a different wicket from yesterday’s match but the nature is quite identical.
India won the toss and the stand-in captain, Virat Kohli has opted to field first. The dew factor later in the evening might have played a significant role behind this decision. Sri Lankan spinners found it difficult to grip the ball late last evening because of dew. This could possible take the sting out of Bangladeshi bowling attack spearheaded by spinners.
Bangladesh XI: Shamsur Rahman, Anamul Haque, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim(capt & wkt), Nasir Hossain, Naeem Islam, Ziaur Rahman, Sohag Gazi, Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Rubel Hossain
India XI: S Dhawan, RG Sharma, V Kohli (capt), AT Rayudu, AM Rahane, KD Karthik (wkt), RA Jadeja, R Ashwin, B Kumar, Mohammed Shami, VR Aaron