Mirpur - India have defeated Bangladesh by seven wickets in the rain-curtailed
first ODI in Dhaka on Sunday powered by confident
fifties from openers Ajinkya Rahane and Robin Uthappa.
visitors reached the revised target of 150 runs off 26 overs with seven
balls to spare after heavy downpours stopped play for more than two
hours in the day-night clash at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.
batting first, made 272-9 off 50 overs with valuable half-centuries
from skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (59) and Shakib Al Hasan (52).
started their chase with aplomb as Uthappa (50), making his one-day
comeback after nearly six years, and Rahane punished loose deliveries by
scoring at more than a run a ball.
Uthappa lofted paceman Ziaur
Rahman for a massive six over mid-wicket to race to his sixth ODI
half-century. He was eventually out leg before wicket although TV
replays suggested a huge inside edge onto his pad.
India, who were
100-1 off 16.4 overs when the downpours started, started tentatively
when play resumed but managed to reach the target with ease in the end.
Earlier, Rahim hit three fours and as many sixes in his 63-ball 59 while Shakib scored 52 off 58 balls.
fielding a young side and without eight of their regular players,
dominated with the ball initially but Bangladesh regrouped and made up
for the slow start towards the end.
Paceman Umesh Yadav picked 3-48 including the wicket of opener Anamul Haque for 44 which contained seven hits to the boundary.
Off-spinner Parvez Rasool, making his ODI debut, grabbed two wickets while giving away 60 runs.
Bangladesh lost two early wickets but Rahim steadied the innings, stringing handy partnerships with Anamul and Shakib.
skipper hoisted leg-spinner Amit Mishra (2-55) for a huge six over the
midwicket boundary and looked in fine touch before being caught by
Rahane off Rasool.
Shakib and Mahmudullah (41) then guided Bangladesh's fightback with a 65-run stand for the fifth wicket.
late flourish from Nasir Hossain (22 off 20 balls) and Mashrafe Mortaza
(18) helped the hosts post a challenging total against the World Cup
Indian captain Suresh Raina bowled five overs after fast
bowler Mohit Sharma limped off the field with an injury after bowling
just six overs.
Raina grabbed the key wicket of Shakib and also
took a brilliant one-handed catch off Yadav to dismiss Ziaur Rahman
cheaply for two.
Left-arm spinner Akshar Patel, the other player
making his 50-over debut, picked his first international wicket when he
bowled Mortaza as he was trying to hit him over extra cover.
The second and third matches of the short series will be played on Tuesday and Thursday.