Mushfiq does it for Bangladesh

Atif Azam from New Delhi

4 November, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Mushfiq does it for Bangladesh

Mushfiqur Rahim hits a boundary during the first T20 international cricket match of a three-match series between Bangladesh and India, at Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. – AFP PHOTO

Bangladesh began their cricket campaign in style as they clinched a maiden win against India in the first match of the three-match T20I series at Arun Jatley Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday.

Bangladesh bowlers delivered a brilliant performance amid smog in the Indian capital, restricting the much-vaunted India to 148-6.

Mushfiqur Rahim led his team to chase down the total with three balls to spare.

The Bangladesh wicketkeeper, who scored 60 off 43 with eight fours and one six, was adjudged player of the match.

Mushfiqur, who seemed to be in mission to bury down the ICC World T20 stigma that was labelled against him for failing to take the team over the rope in Bangalore, made no such mistake to create history in Delhi with his match winning knock.

Debutant opener Naeem Sheikh (26) and Soumya Sarkar (39) gave them a perfect platform as they added 46 runs for the second wicket.

The two put the pressure back on the host with the flurry of shots before Naeem was removed by Chahal.

Mushfiqur demonstrated a superlative batting display to make sure that the host does not get the chance to crawl back in company of Soumya that literally sealed the game for them.

Mushfiqur along with Soumya added 60 runs for the third wicket partnership before the left-hander departed making 39 runs.

While Bangladesh lost the match in quite similar situation in Bangalore, it was not the case this time round as Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah (15 notout) looked determined a similar mistake that they made in the World T20 final.

Mushfiqur was on his sublime best, making the unbeaten 43-ball 60 to give the tourist 1-0 lead in the three-fmatch series. Pace-bowler Shafiul Islam and leg-spin sensation Aminul Islam Biplob led the charge with two wickets apiece while the other bowlers assisted them in strangling the Indian batsmen.

Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan was the highest scorer for the side with 41 off 42, hitting three fours and a six.

Rishab Pant was the other notable scorer with 27 off 26, sending the ball across the ropes for thrice. Bangladesh T20 captain Mahmdullah Riyad won the toss and chose to bowl first, which the bowlers proved preciously right.

Although new ball bowler Shafiul conceded two boundaries in the first over, he returned with the wicket of India captain Rohit Sharma.

Basically Sharma’s early dismissal paved the way for Bangladesh to hurl the baton at Indian batsmen as the bowlers got hugely motivated.

The other bowlers then came up with their best to stifle the run rate and Aminul Islalm Biplob who took 2-18 on his debut against Zimbabwe in the Tri-series T20 tournament in Bangladesh was to the fore.

In his just second match, Aminul’s double wicket haul in quick space pegged back Indian innings.

However, Rishab Pant accelerated the innings in the middle overs alongside Dhawan before Krunal Pandya and Washington Sundor gave the finishing touch.

The duo took 16 runs in the last over to help India reach closer to 150 runs mark.

India earlier won all the eight T20 matches against Bangladesh, but now will face the tourist to save the series when the two sides meet in the series deciding match at Rajkot on November 7.