About the Match
The young and new look team India won the 1st ODI at Dhaka after a rain affected match reduced the target for India to 150 from 26 overs, which it achieved with 7 balls to spare and 7 wickets in hand. The 2nd match between the two teams is to be held at the same venue on 17th. Most of the batsmen are yet to pad up and India will look to play a full length match and try to win the 2nd match too, while the home side will definitely try to avenge its defeat here.
Bangladesh knowing the home conditions well and the helpful pitch chose to set a target for India after winning the toss, but, the openers did not do well as Tamim Iqbal faced 11 balls and was out without scoring for Umesh Yadav’s delivery in the 4th over. The remaining top and middle order batted with caution with Mushfiqur and Shakib getting together after fall of Anamul, adding 47 for the 4th wicket. Mahmudullah joined Shakib adding another 30. Every batsman down the order batted with sense and application and thus Bangladesh put a decent total of 272 for 9 on board in the allotted 50 overs. The bowlers were not effective on the strong opening pair of India, and in defending the reduced target of 150 from 26 overs; Mushfiqur tried all bowlers at his command but no one had the required innovation to tackle the batsmen in command. The home team needs to get some other bowlers to assist Shakib and Mortaza to contain the strong batting line-up of the visitors, whose bench strength is quite equipped to handle the Bangladesh attack.
The experienced openers Uthappa and Rahane combined well, rotating the strikes and scored over a run a ball; Uthappa particularly punishing the bowlers for any inaccurate line and length, smashing 3 fours and 3 sixes in his 50 out of partnership of 99 for the 1st wicket. The target reduced to 150 off 26 overs, in the rain affected match, but India maintained a steady run rate, as Rahane held one end, and when Pujara was bowled by Shakib without scoring, he played with responsibility and made 64 with Rayudu adding 35 runs for the 3rd wicket, before getting out for a Mortaza delivery. Rayudu and Raina saw the side through with 7 balls remaining and overtook the target retaining 7 wickets. Mishra and debutant AR Patel, Parvez Rasool and Raina assisted Yadav with thoughtful bowling to reign in the Bangladesh team, proving their good work in the IPL tournament. Mohit Sharma, through not among wicket takers, was the most economical bowler for India with just 4.05 runs per over while Yadav was the star of the bowling attack for India with 3 wickets. India may have some changes in the line-up for the 2nd match as the unutilized players are also equally good and would like to prove their abilities here.
Though the home team will try hard to make a comeback with a tough fight here, the superiority and strength of the Indian team in all the departments will take it through in the 2nd ODI too.
India, 1.33 @ TitanBet