By Abhishek Manroa
NEW DELHI, India: Nov. 3, 2019 (SNN247.com) – Mushfiqur Rahim achieved his long-time dream to beat India in an international match on Sunday night when Bangladesh registered their first victory over India at Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi.
After eight straight losses, Bangladesh finally won their first-ever Twenty20 International against India, thanks to an inspiring half-century by former skipper Mushfiqur Rahim.
India entered the match as hot favorites but Bangladesh rocked them right at the start of their innings. Skipper Rohit Sharma (9 off 5 -2 fours) and Lokesh Rahul (22 off 13 – 1 four, 2 sixes) perished early in pursuit of quick runs against the new ball.
Shikhar Dhawan (41 off 42 – 3 fours, 1 six) kept one end intact and along with Rishabh Pant (27 off 26 – 3 fours), he revived the Indian innings.
A late surge by Krunal Pandya (15* off 8 – 1 four, 1 six) and Washington Sundar (14* off 5 – 2 sixes) took India to a fighting total of 6/148 off 20 overs.
Shafiul Islam (4-0-36-2), Aminul Islam (3-0-22-2), and Afif Hossain (3-0-11-1) were among wickets. Al-Amin Hossain (4-0-27-0) and Soumya Sarkar (2-0-16-0) also kept things quiet for Bangladesh.
On a slow and low pitch, the 149-run target required a lot more than common-sense cricket. Bangladesh required a strong start. However, Liton Das (7 off 4 – 1 four) perished early. Mohammad Naim (26 off 28 – 2 fours, 1 six), Soumya Sarkar (39 off 35 – 1 fours, 2 sixes), and skipper Mahmudullah (15* off 7 – 1 four, 1 six) did well for the touring side.
The knockout punch, however, was delivered by former skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (60* off 43 – 8 fours, 1 six), who broke the jinx of not finishing games against India. Mushfqiur Rahim smashed four boundaries off Khaleel Ahmed’s final over to steal the game away from India’s clutches.
The second Twenty20 International between India and Bangladesh will be played at Rajkot on November 11.