1st T20I: Mushfiqur Rahim, Soumya Sarkar help Bangladesh stun India by 7 wickets

India Today

India Today

Author 2019-11-04 01:00:00


Mushfiqur Rahim stayed till the end to ensure a historic win for Bangladesh (AP Photo)


  • The win was Bangladesh's first in T20 internationals against India
  • Mushfiqur Rahim () and Soumya Sarkar starred with the bat for the visitors
  • India were restricted to 148 for 6 with Aminul Islam and Shafiul Islam grabbing 2 wickets each

Bangladesh started their tour of India on a high as they beat the hosts by 7 wickets in the first T20 international on Sunday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Chasing 149 for victory, Bangladesh rode on Mushfiqur Rahim's unbeaten 60 off 43 balls and Soumya Sarkar's 39 off 35 balls to reach the target with 3 balls to spare. Mushfiqur and Sarkar were part of a 44-run partnership for the third wicket while Sarkar also added 46 with debutant Mohammad Naim, who made 26 off 28 balls. The half-century was Mushfiqur's 5th in the format.

Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar and Khaleel Ahmed were the only three bowlers who managed to bag a wicket each for India.

Earlier, India were restricted to 148 for 6 after being asked to bat at the Arun Jaitley stadium by new Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah.

Bangladeshi bowlers used the conditions superbly to keep Rohit Sharma's team in check. The captain himself flopped with the bat, scoring just 9 runs.

Rohit, who is leading the team in Virat Kohli's absence, was playing his 99th match and became the most-capped Indian player in the shortest format in international cricket. He also went past Kohli to become the highest run-scorer in T20Is before getting dismissed by Shafiul Islam.

Shikhar Dhawan top-scored for India with 41 off 42 balls but his innings was cut short after a horrible mix-up with Rishabh Pant, resulting in the opener's run out. Pant made 27 while Shreyas Iyer scored 22.

India though, kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were struggling to get to a respectable total before Washington Sundar and Krunal Pandya's late cameo helped the Men in Blue get past the 140-run mark. Sundar (14 not out) and Krunal (15 not out) added 28 runs off just 10 balls for the seventh wicket.

For Bangladesh, Aminul Islam and Shafiul Islam grabbed a couple of wickets each while Afif Hossain managed to get one.

India will have to pull up their socks and hit back hard before the next game, which will be played in Rajkot on November 7.


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