The first ODI of the Za'n Zee Ice Cream Cricket Series between India and Bangladesh showed the kind of attitude the Bangla Tigers possessed. With the second match win, Bangladesh claimed their first series win against the current World number 2 cricket team. India’s most successful skipper, MS Dhoni now also becomes India’s first captain to lose a series against the opponents. It was a completely new Avatar that the world witnessed about the Bangladesh team. And what a great move forward; the Bangla team have now qualified to play the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017. Yesterday’s win has been their 10th successive ODI victory at home. This is not all; Bangladesh has climbed up to the seventh position in the Reliance ICC ODI Ranking, leaving behind West Indies, Pakistan, Ireland, Zimbabwe, and Afghanistan.
Yesterday, the crowd watched some brilliant and ruthless stuff from Bangladesh cricket team while they took on India. They were intense in the way they bowled and chased the target. Mustafizur Rahman once again dazzled for his brilliant bowling that earned him a six-wicket haul after the five-for in the his first ODI. Mustafizur is now the second bowler in the world to have claimed five-for in his first two ODI matches, after Zimbabwe's Brian Vitori. While at one end, Bangladesh managed to keep the consistency in all the departments, India miserably miscarried to give their best in batting, bowling, and fielding even.
Earlier in the day, the winning the toss, MS Dhoni opted to bats first. Right in the second ball of the match, Rohit Sharma failed to read the Mustafizur Rahman’s delivery and handed the ball to Sabbir Rahman for a duck. The initial batting order, except Shikhar Dhawan, failed to maintain the momentum they started. Dhawan made his 13th half century, while Kohli, Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, and Suresh Raina added 23, 47, 0, and 34 runs respectively. It was only for few overs towards the end of the mandatory batting powerplay that the run rate exceeded six runs per over. Gradually, it sank deeper and the finally settled at 4.44 runs at the end of the 45th over, when India shed all their wicket to the Bangladeshi bowling attack. With Jadeja’s 19 off 26 and few negligible additions by Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Dhawal Kulkarni, India managed to post 200 on the board.
The rains that started when there was just one ball left for the 44th over to be finished and that brought the Duckworth-Lewis calculation in to the game. However, that hardly changed the dynamics of the match, as India had only two wickets left before the rains began. The Bangladeshis were given a target of 200 to be chased in 47 overs.
To the replay, Bangladesh went steadily. In spite of Tamim Iqbal’s dismissal at 13 in the seventh over, Soumya Sarkar stayed on handled the Indian bowlers tactfully. Litton Kumar Das joined him and both of them went on scoring some good runs until Ashwin took the wicket of Sarkar following an lbw in the 17th over. It seemed that Indian spinners were gradually making the grip on Bangladeshi batsmen. In the twentieth over, Axar Patel took Litton Das out. However, there was no pressure on the Bangla batsmen as their asking rate was floating around 3.7 per over. In the rest of the match, Indians could managed only one more damage to the Bangladeshis, that too in the 30th over. It was a sensational run out by MS Dhoni from a Rohit Sharma throw. Afterwards, Shakib Al Hasan and Sabbir Rahman led the team through to their first Series win against the visiting India. Shakib Al Hasan and Sabbir Rahman made valuable 51 and 22 runs respectively and they achieved the target comfortably in 38th over. Mustafizur Rahman was declared the Man of the Match for his 6-wicket haul.
Taking about the historic series win, Bangladesh captain Mortaza said, “Great moment for us. To qualify for the Champions Trophy is a great achievement. We worked really hard in the nets. The way Mustafizur is bowling, suddenly he has become the big fish of the tournament. Hopefully, he will keep going and deliver his best for the country. Hopefully we will continue this good form in the future as well.”
The superstar on his debut, Mustafizur Rahman spoke up few words in Bengali that translates in to, “I am happy to perform well. My team-mates supported me very well. Thanks to the crowd for supporting us despite all the rain. My brother has helped me reach this level and I want everyone to bless me to do well. I want to do even better in the next match.”
Dhoni, as usually, highlighted a few points about his team’s weakness and in praise of the opponents, “Our batting is the problem. We need to put runs on the board. There was constant pressure on the batsmen as we lost some quick wickets. That meant we could not post a good score to defend. I don't think I would blame the bowlers for this particular game as we did not have enough runs on the board. We need to get partnerships. They (Bangladesh) are bowling well as a unit. Even when they did not get a wicket they kept it very tight. We'll come and enjoy in the next game without thinking about the result. It's the last game of the season for us. It's been a long season and we are looking forward to play the next game.”
India’s Bangladesh tour came out to be a disaster. It seemed that the Indians went Bangladesh to make heroes and Mustafizur Rahman came out to be the superstar during the course! With this loss, another side of Indian team management was unearthed, when MS Dhoni fired back at his critics and told that he would love to step back as the captain of the Indian team, if he was responsible for the team not performing in the recent times. Moreover, fictitious news about Dhoni receiving an anger management counsel from English bowler James Anderson is buzzing around. It showed that the boys have grown up, but certainly, the gentle men have started behaving as novice. Kohli’s form is now in a serious question. Jadeja’s inclusion in the team is another burning issue. There are enough reasons for Bangladeshis to cheer up as if they have not done in years. Making the Indians kneel down is something ecstatic. The result of the third and final ODI of the series now hardly matters; and apparently, no one is interested talking about the same.