Mehdi Hasan Miraz hit an unbeaten 38 and shared a record tenth-wicket stand to help Bangladesh beat India by one wicket in the first one-day international on Sunday. Chasing 187, the hosts fell to 136-9 before Mehidy and Mustafizur Rahman put on a 51-run partnership — Bangladesh’s best ever for the final wicket — to help them reach their target with 24 balls to spare in Dhaka.
Bangladesh leading the series 1-0 over India
Bangladesh leads the three-match series 1-0, with the second match taking place at the same venue on Wednesday. Mehidy, who batted at number eight, hit four fours and two sixes before surviving a dropped catch by wicketkeeper KL Rahul on 17 to turn the match around. Mehidy hit the winning runs in his 39-ball knock, setting off wild celebrations as players ran onto the field and the home crowd erupted. Mustafizur scored 10 off 11 balls as he and Mehidy held on for a memorable victory.
Shakib Al Hasan set up the victory by bowling out India for 186 in 41.2 overs despite Rahul Dravid’s 73 after Bangladesh elected to field first. Bangladesh succumbed despite several good partnerships, including a 48-run stand between skipper Liton Das and Shakib, who made 29. Washington Sundar dismissed Das for 41 before Shakib was caught at extra cover by Virat Kohli with a stunning one-handed catch. Bangladesh was dealt a double blow in consecutive balls when Mahmudullah Riyad and Mushfiqur Rahim fell after a 33-run fifth-wicket stand.
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Bangladesh appeared to be cruising at 128-4 in the 35th over before Mahmudullah was lbw to Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Siraj bowled Mushfiqur. Kuldeep Sen, a debutant fast bowler, returned to take two wickets in the first over of his second spell, dismissing Afif Hossain and Ebadot Hossain.
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Siraj took Hasan Mahmud for his third wicket, but Mehidy, who also had one wicket with his off-spin, did the unthinkable with Mustafizur by his side. Earlier, Rahul Kumar stood out for India with a 70-ball knock, but the rest of the tourists’ batting fell short. Rahul, who took over as wicketkeeper-batsman after regular gloveman Rishabh Pant was ruled out with an injury, smashed five fours and four sixes. Pace bowler Ebadot claimed four wickets, including Rahul, to end the opposition’s innings in 41.2 overs.