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Mushfiq seals Tigers’ first T20 win vs India

7-wicket win in New Delhi gives Bangladesh 1-0 lead in 3 match series
Agencies, New Delhi
Mushfiq seals Tigers’ first T20 win vs India
Bangladesh's Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot during the first T20 international cricket match of a three-match series between Bangladesh and India, at Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium in New Delhi yesterday. AFP Photo

Mushfiqur Rahim's perfectly paced, unbeaten 60 off 43 balls took Bangladesh to a seven-wicket win over India, their first against these opponents in nine attempts.

Mushfiqur's late charge against Khaleel Ahmed completely changed the game at Feroz Shah Kotla ground in Delhi, so much so that in the end, the result was almost a formality.

Bowlers Shafiul Islam and Aminul Islam claimed two wickets each to play a key part in the first T20 win against India.

The match took place in New Delhi as the Indian capital has been blanketed by smog with authorities saying air pollution had reached "emergency" levels, with schools closed and other restrictions imposed.

But it was business as usual at Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla ground with Bangladesh restricting the hosts to 148 for six, after winning the toss and electing to bowl first.

The 1-0 lead in the three-match series will also be a massive boost to a team that has been reeling after Shakib Al Hasan was banned by the ICC last week for failing to report bookie approaches, not to mention the rift created by the players' strike against the BCB.

Mushfiqur employed the pull shot, a scoop and two scythes through point to reduce Bangladesh's chase from 20 off ten balls to a mere four runs in the last over. Khaleel was the bowler bearing the brunt of Mushfiqur's calculated hits, which came quite late despite him being well set up until that point. But in the end, it was a masterstroke to hold back his shots as Bangladesh savoured their big moment.

The debutant Shivam Dube was handed the ball in the last over, his medium pace an interesting choice given the history between these two sides and last-over finishes. Dube was ineffective as Mahmudullah ran hard to complete two runs off the second ball before getting a wide and then hammering one over wide long-on for six. India could have done better to avoid the defeat, notably when Mushfiqur slog-swept a ball in the 18th over to deep midwicket and Krunal Pandya not only dropped the catch but let it go for four too

When India batted first, Rohit Sharma was trapped lbw by a Shafiul Islam delivery that moved back in slightly in the first over. The home side's rhythm was further dented when KL Rahul bunted legspinner Aminul Islam's half-tracker to Mahmudullah at short cover.

Shreyas Iyer pushed the run rate but he too fell to Aminul, mistiming a lofted drive, having struck a four and two sixes in his 13-ball 22. At the other end, Shikhar Dhawan struggled to score quickly before Rishabh Pant's poor call for a second run cost him his wicket. Dhawan top-scored with 41, but it came off 42 balls.

Afif Hossain then leapt high to complete a fine return catch to dismiss Dube before Pant fell trying to clear long-on, having made 27 off 26 balls.

At 120 for 6 with ten balls left in the innings, India got the perfect boost as Krunal and Washington Sundar cobbled together 28 runs. Sundar struck two sixes while Pandya struck a four and a six off the last ball of the innings.

Mahmudullah's choice to give Shafiul and Al-Amin Hossain those crucial overs ahead of Mustafizur Rahman may well be questioned, but perhaps he was wary of the number of left-handers in India's line-up. Without a left-arm spinner in a T20I line-up for the first time, Mahmudullah used legspinner Aminul and offspinner Afif intelligently, the two youngsters combining to produce figures of 3 for 33 in six overs.

With Liton Das falling in the first over of the chase, the pressure was on Mohammad Naim, the debutant left-hand opener. He took a bit of time before flicking Deepak Chahar for a six over deep midwicket in the fifth over before driving him thorugh covers for four in the same over.

Soumya Sarkar then took on Washington with a reverse slog for six before smashing Khaleel for a four through the covers in the seventh over. Naim fell in the eighth over when Yuzvendra Chahal had him caught at long-on, having made 26 off 28 balls.

With Naim's wicket, Chahal hit his stride in his next over and had Mushfiqur in a tangle. After a perfect legbreak, Chahal rushed one on to the

batsman's pads before nearly having him out lbw. Mushfiqur managed to take a single but Soumya too had a tough time getting Chahal away. The over ended with just one run conceded as India began to look dominant.

From this point and until the start of the penultimate over, it looked like Mushfiqur had messed up his calculations trying to manoeuvre India's bowling on a slow, turning pitch. But he trusted his plans and as a result, Bangladesh walked away happily from the Kotla with a win under their belt.

PM greets tigers

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday extended her heartiest congratulation to the national cricket team for defeating India in the first of the three T20Is in New Delhi, India.

In a felicitation message, the cricket-lover prime minister greeted all the players, coach and officials of the national cricket team as well as Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) officials concerned for beating India.

“The whole nation is proud of seeing the team spirit of our players and their tremendous performance,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina expressed the hope that the winning spree of the Bangladesh cricket team would continue in future.

In New Delhi, pollution levels turned hazardous during the past week, putting the match in danger of being called off, but India's cricket board felt it was too late to change the venue.

Concentrations of particles measuring less than 2.5 microns hit the highest level of this season, exacerbated by light rains late Saturday, India's state-run System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) said.

The reading for pollutants in the atmosphere hit 810 micrograms per cubic metre Sunday morning, beyond the "hazardous" zone according to the US embassy in Delhi, which independently monitors pollution levels.

The recommended World Health Organisation safe daily maximum is 25.

Cricket-crazy fans seemed to have ignored health warnings from government agencies as a near-capacity crowd turned out to watch the first match of the series.

In December 2017, two players from Sri Lanka fell ill on the pitch because of smog and play in the Test match was briefly suspended.

Every winter, the megacity of 20 million people is blanketed by a poisonous smog of car fumes, industrial emissions, and smoke from stubble burning at farms in neighbouring states.



R. Sharma lbw b Shafiul    9

S. Dhawan run out (Mahmudullah/ Mushfiqur)    41

KL Rahul c Mahmudullah

b Aminul    15

S. Iyer c Naim b Aminul    22

R. Pant c Naim b Shafiul    27

S. Dube c & b Afif     1

K. Pandya not out    15

W. Sundar not out    14

Extras (lb3, w1)    4

Total (6 wickets, 20 overs)    148

Did not bat: Y. Chahal, D. Chahar, K. Ahmed

Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Sharma), 2-36 (Rahul), 3-70 (Iyer), 4-95 (Dhawan), 5-102 (Dube), 6-120 (Pant)

Bowling: Shafiul 4-0-36-2, Al-Amin 4-0-27-0, Mustafizur 2-0-15-0, Aminul 3-0-22-2, Soumya 2-0-16-0, Afif 3-0-11-1, Mosaddek 1-0-8-0, Mahmudullah 1-0-10-0 (w1)

Bangladesh (target 149)

Liton Das c Rahul b Chahar    7

Mohammad Naim c Dhawan

b Chahal    26

Soumya Sarkar b Ahmed    39

Mushfiqur Rahim not out    60

Mahmudullah Riyad not out    15

Extras (lb3, w4)    7

Total (3 wickets, 19.3 overs) 154

Did not bat: Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Aminul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain.





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