About the Match
Bangladesh registered a historic 79-run victory against India in the first ODI to take 1-0 lead in the 5-match ODI series; they will meet on 21st June at Dhaka for the 2nd ODI amidst a lot of fanfare and support from the elated home crowd. Indians were at their wit’s end when the Bangladeshi bowlers unleashed havoc on them to defend 307 runs put up by the batsmen; the hosts with this win have earned their ninth consecutive victory at home and are on the verge of qualifying for the Champions Trophy 2017. India will come out all guns blazing to wipe out the memories of the insult inflicted on them whereas Bangladesh will try to repeat their performance and keep their winning momentum going on Sunday.
A superb 102-run opening stand between Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar, both of who registered quick half-centuries, helped the team put up 307 runs on board. Shakib-Al-Hasan, Sabbir Rahman and Nasir Hossain ensured to keep the scoreboard ticking against the pace and spin attack of the Indian bowlers. However, it was an astounding 5-50 by debutante Mustafizur Rahman that stifled the opponent’s batting line-up to defend the competitive total successfully; he was well-supported by teammates Taskin Ahmed, all-rounder Shakib-Al-Hasan and Mashrafe Mortaza, who made life miserable for Dhoni and his men. While this victory has acted like a shot in the arm for the hosts’ campaign, they are also confident of coming back on Sunday with another good performance to cause a major upset to the India side. However, the players should be careful against the tactics of the opposition, who are like wounded tigers at the moment and will definitely come back with all their fire-power on Sunday.
The Indian bowlers have been consistently getting their opponents all-out when bowling first but in the first ODI against Bangladesh, they gave away too many runs in spite of taking regular wickets. Ashwin’s 3-51 spell caused the first breakthrough in the innings after the 13th over while Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jadeja scalped 5 wickets between them to demolish the hosts’ middle order. Mohit Sharma took a wicket but was the most expensive of the lot giving away 53 runs in his 5 over spell; fielding was impressive as Suresh Raina caused a run-out to break the opening partnership which looked dangerous but the batsmen failed to step up and deliver against a rejuvenated Bangladeshi bowling attack. While Dhawan and Rohit put up a brilliant 95-run opening stand, others like Kohli, Rahane and Dhoni couldn’t do well this time; Raina, Jadeja and Ashwin tried to revive the innings but they fell short by 79 runs. The batsmen need to up their ante and do well under pressure; if the bowlers can bowl with a better line and length, they can restrict the hosts to a low total or stifle their chase. If batting first, they need to be careful and try to build strong partnerships; overall, they have the skills and experience to bounce back with a win on Sunday.
Bangladesh is a motivated lot with the gigantic win over their neighbours in the first match and they will definitely fire from all cylinders to keep the winning momentum going. However, India with a well-balanced team of established batsmen and result-oriented bowlers, looks well placed to overcome the challenges and win the second match of the series to draw level.