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03-Nov-2019 17:25:00 GMT
Ind v Ban - 1st T20I, Delhi

Rahim fifty guides Bangladesh to historic win

Bangladesh 154 for 3 (Mushfiqur 60*) beat India 148 for 6 (Dhawan 41, Aminul 2-22) seven wickets

New Delhi: Alate blitz from Mushfiqur Rahim saw Bangladesh take victory over India by seven wickets and go 1-0 up in the three-match series.

His unbeaten 60 came from 43 balls and included four consecutive fours in the penultimate over as he guided Bangladesh to their first win over India in nine attempts.

Having been put in to bat first, India lost their first wicket inside an over.

Rohit Sharma (9) struck a pair of boundaries, and in so doing became the all-time leading T20I run-scorer, overtaking compatriot Virat Kohli, before Shafiul Islam (2/36) trapped him in front.

A sedate period followed as India sought to build a foundation against disciplined bowling from Bangladesh.

By the time the second wicket fell India had plodded their way to 36 runs in six and half overs.

More steady batting, led by Shikhar Dhawan who top-scored with 41, left them 102/5 when deubtant Shivam Dube (1) was brilliantly caught by Afif Hossain (1/11) from his own bowling, with only four overs left in which to accelerate. But accelerate they did, as Krunal Pandya (15* from 8 balls) and then, after the dismissal of Rishabh Pant for 27, Washington Sundar (14* from 5) crunched 46 runs from the final 24 balls of the innings. The pair each hit a six in the final over as India finished on 148/6.

The Bangladesh innings initially followed a similar pattern, with Liton Das departing in the first over for 8, Deepak Chahar the bowler.

As in the first innings a period of consolidation followed, but knowing their target Soumya Sarkar and Bangladesh's own debutant, Mohammad Naim, kept in touch with the required rate.

The latter felt the pressure however, and slogged a ball from Yuzvendra Chahal to long-on, leaving his side on 54/2 in the eighth over.

Sarkar and Mushfiqur Rahim then struggled to keep up with the rate, and when the former was dismissed by a Khaleel Ahmed (1/37) slower ball, the visitors needed 35 runs from the last three overs. But the 18th over saw Mushfiqur dropped in the deep, the ball bursting through Pandya's hands for four, before new batsman Mahmudullah crunched a boundary of his own over extra cover.

The following over confirmed the importance of the drop, as Ahmed was sent to the rope four times in four balls by Mushfiqur. That left just four runs to get in the final over, and Shivam Dube was unable to produce the required miracle in his first and only over of the match, Mahmudullah sending him over the rope at deep mid-wicket to confirm victory for the visitors with three balls to spare.

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