Rohit Sharma-led side had a horrific and disappointing start to their World Cup 2023 preparation as Indian bowlers failed to take one last wicket which could have made their day, in the 1st ODI against Bangladesh, at Shere Bangla National Stadium, in Dhaka, on Sunday.
Bangladesh allrounder Mehidy Hasan Miraz will give sleepless nights to not just Indian skipper Rohit Sharma, but also to the Indian bowlers who were once looking strong enough to clinch the series opener. As they say, fortune favors the brave and it did favor Mehidy Hasan, who was dropped a couple of time s in the middle, only to notch a famous victory against a quality side like Team India.
Rohit Sharma & Co. needed just one wicket to win, while Bangladesh had to score 51 runs to win the game. But Indian bowlers failed big time as they could not stop Hasan Miraz from clinching a famous victory in front of the home crowd. While batting first, Indian batters faltered at regular intervals, but vice-captain KL Rahul held the fort from one end to guide India to a competitive score of 186/10 in 41.2 overs.
Experienced allrounder Shakib Al Hasan brought the best out of him as he added yet another fifer to his name, while Ebadot Hossain picked four wickets in the game. In response, Bangladesh recovered well from the early blows as skipper Litton Das (41 off 63) made a noteworthy contribution in the middle. But Bangladesh's middle order succumbed to the Indian attack as Mohammed Siraj, Washington Sundar, and debutant Kuldeep Sen tighten their grip on the match.
However, little anyone knew that Mehidy Hasan Miraz will turn the tables for Bangladesh with his unbeaten 51-run knock. He smashed two maximums and four boundaries to ensure Bangladesh take a 1-0 lead in a three-match contest. Indian cricket fans wasted no time in expressing their anger on Twitter.
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