Dhaka: India beat Bangladesh by seven wickets on the Duckworth-Lewis method in the first ODI at Mirpur on Sunday.
Chasing a revised target of 150 in 26 overs, India rode half-centuries from openers Ajinkya Rahane (64) and Robin Uthappa (50) to reach home with seven balls to spare. India now have a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
India were 100 for 1 in 16.4 overs, chasing Bangladesh's 272/9, when heavy rains disrupted play for almost two and a half hours at the Shere-e-Bangla National stadium. When play resumed, India needed 50 off 56 balls but soon found themselves in a spot of bother as Shakib Al Hasan trapped Cheteshwar Pujara lbw for a duck. The moisture underneath the covered pitch helped the ball grip the surface, thereby helping the spinners. Ambati Rayudu came in to bat at number four and helped Rahane ease the tension by not taking any chances against the spinners. Rahane, on the other hand, reached his sixth ODI half-century but fell to a spectacular catch by Ziaur Rehman at short-third man off Mashrafe Mortaza. But by that time, the damage had been done and it was only a matter of time before skipper Suresh Raina and Rayudu secured the win in the 25th over.
Before the rain break, highest run-getter in the 2014 Indian Premier League, Uthappa continued his brilliant run of form and celebrated his return to the national ODI side after a gap of nearly six years with a sixth ODI half-century. As the regular batsmen are rested for this three-match series, Team India fielded a new opening combination of Uthappa and Rahane. The duo looked at ease against a Bangladesh attack that lacked penetration. After playing out the first couple of overs from the brand new ball, the duo slowly started to open their shoulders.
On a low and low wicket, the batters had to make their own pace and that they did by charging down the track to the Bangladesh medium pacers. Rahane, especially, danced down the track more often to make the length conducive to his style of play and find the gaps. Uthappa, on the other hand, was not shy of taking the aerial route at times and completed his fifty in 44 balls, thanks to three fours and three sixes. Uthappa's knock was finally ended when he was adjudged lbw off Shakib when the score was 99 in the 17th over.
Earlier, skipper Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan scored half-centuries as Bangladesh scored 272 for nine. Electing to bat after winning the toss under hot and humid conditions at the Shere-e-Bangla National stadium, Bangladesh were off to a shaky start as they lost opener Tamim Iqbal for zero in the fourth over when Umesh Yadav got the left-hander caught behind by Wriddhiman Saha. New man Mominul Haque (six off 17) looked uncomfortable at the crease and he went after a wide one from Yadav, only to edge and give Saha his second catch of the day.
On the other, right-handed opener Anamul Haque batted more aggressively and his seven fours in his 44. He shared a 52-run stand with Rahim before failing to clear deep mid-wicket and giving debutant Parvez Rasool his maiden ODI wicket. Rahim seemed in brilliant touch and together with Shakib Al Hasan, milked the Indian bowlers. Rahim was particularly ferocious on all Indian spinners, using his slog sweep to good effect. Rahim hit three fours and three sixes in his 63-ball 59 before a sudden rush of blood saw him throw his wicket away as he was caught by Rasool off his own bowling.
Shakib then took centrestage and started resurrecting the innings with a 65-run stand with Mahmudullah. Just when he was threatening to take the game away from India, Shakib fell to his counterpart Suresh Raina which he tried to play against the spin and ended up spooning a return catch.
Mahmudullah scored 41 from 44 balls and Nasir Hossain hit 22 off 20 to give impetus to the Bangladesh innings towards the death overs. However, India's lead spinner in the series Amit Mishra removed both the batsmen in successive balls. Tailenders Mortaza (18 off 10) and Abdur Razzak (16* off 12) hammered some lusty blows in the end to take Bangladesh's total not just past 250 but end at a challenging 272.
Yadav was India's pick of the bowlers with figures of three for 48. Rasool and Mishra struck twice. Debutant Akshar Patel and Raina took a wicket each.
Earlier, Bangladesh have won the toss and chosen to bat.
India chose Akshar Patel and Parvez Rasool to make their international debut while Bangladesh decided to rest Sohag Gazi. This will be the third time that Suresh Raina will captain India.
Anamul Haque and Ziaur Rahman were picked in the team and there was no place for Taskin Ahmed and Mithun Ali.
Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal 2 Anamul Haque 3 Mominul Haque 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (c and wk) 5 Shakib Al Hasan 6 Mahmudullah 7 Nasir Hossain 8 Abdur Razzak 9 Ziaur Rahman 10 Al Amin Hossain 11 Mashrafe Mortaza
India: 1 Robin Uthappa 2 Ajinkya Rahane 3 Cheteshwar Pujara 4 Suresh Raina(c) 5 Wriddhiman Saha(w) 6 Akshar Patel 7 Parvez Rasool 8 Ambati Rayudu 9 Mohit Sharma 10 Umesh Yadav 11 Amit Mishra
Bangladesh 272 for 9 (Mushfiqur 59, Shakib 52, Yadav 3-48)
India 153 for 3 (Rahane 64, Uthappa 50)
Result India won by seven wickets (D/L method)