India tour on as Bangladesh players end strike

Mushfiqur Rahim hit an unbeaten 60 off 43 balls as Bangladesh beat India in the Twenty20 cricket format for the first time on Sunday. The Tigers had never won in their previous eight T20 meetings with India.

Chasing 149 to win, Rahim played some exquisite strokes as he scored a fourth T20 half-century to help his team reach 154-3 with three balls to spare in the first T20.

India, on the other hand, was left regretting missing chances, especially Krunal Pandya dropping Rahim at midwicket off Yuzvendra Chahal in the 18th over.

The incident occurred in the final over of Chahal’s spell when he tossed up a leg-break on-off and Rahim opted for a slog-sweep against the spin.

The ball landed right in Pandya’s cupped hands at the midwicket boundary, only to pop out and go over the boundary.

At that stage, Bangladesh required 31 runs off 16 balls. While Krunal looked like he wished the ground would swallow him up, it was pretty clear that was a game-changing moment.

In sharp contrast, Bangladesh bowler Afif Hossain executed a fabulous caught and bowled to end Shivam Dube’s debut in misery.

It was a flatter delivery that drifted into the left-hander and Dube was looking to tuck it behind square on the on-side. The ball stopped on him and he was through with the shot way too early. The ball came off a leading edge and seemed like it would lob back over the bowler’s head.

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But Hossain had other ideas as he came up with an acrobatic effort to hold on to a brilliant one-handed catch. What was equally impressive was that he also ensured that it didn’t pop out of his hand as he hit the ground.

Hossain’s efforts ensured India’s lower middle order did not get a much-needed boost towards the end of the inning. The bowler returned with figures of 3-0-11-1 and was Bangladesh’s best bowler of the night.

Reflecting on his performance the 20-year-old said, “Quite happy with my performance. I was trying to bowl dots and the captain gave me some confidence.”

“We came here and practised for three days, trying to adjust to the conditions and applied it in the context of the match. We were just trying to bowl dot balls. The pitch is good, and 149 is chaseable, so if we start well, I think we can chase it down,” he said.

Bangladesh are leading 1-0 in the series and the second T20 in the three-match series is at Rajkot on November 7.