India will be looking to finetune their bowling in the next two matches © AFP
A new-look India triumphed over Bangladesh in the first One-Day International (ODI) to take initiative in the three-match series. A seven-wicket win was achieved via the Duckworth-Lewis method as the match was affected by rain at Mirpur. A reasonably comfortable stroll will always involve some good performances for the winning team. Shrikant Shankar hands out report cards for all the Indian players in the match.
India – According to batting order
Robin Uthappa – 8/10
Robin Uthappa carried his magnificent form from the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 into the international arena. He scored a quick 50 off 44 deliveries with three sixes and three fours. As there was the threat of rain at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Uthappa began to score quickly to push the Duckworth-Lewis target in favour of India. He was unlucky to be given out LBW after a thick inside-edge.
Ajinkya Rahane – 9/10
Ajinkya Rahane first took two catches during Bangladesh‘s innings and proved his worth on the field. He then scored 64 off 70 deliveries with five fours and two sixes. After the almost three-hour rain break, the scoring became tough as the ball began to square. This is when Rahane began to counter-attack and got India closer to the revised target before getting out.
Cheteshwar Pujara – 2/10
Cheteshwar Pujara has his chances to make it into the Indian squad for the ICC World Cup 2015 already on a tight slope. He didn’t climb up that slope on Sunday as he was out LBW to Shakib-al-Hasan for a five-ball duck. He was unlucky to be given out though, as the ball would have gone over the stumps.
Ambati Rayudu – 5/10
Ambati Rayudu remained unbeaten on 16 off 19 deliveries to help India win the first ODI. He struck two fours. He also took a low catch at deep mid-wicket in the first innings.
Suresh Raina – 7/10
The Indian captain did as well as he could on the field. He used a total of seven bowlers including himself. That could have been six if not for Mohit Sharma’s injury. Raina got the important wicket of Shakib with a return catch. He then finished off the match with a couple of fours to remain unbeaten on 15 off 11 deliveries. A good win for India and their stand-in captain.
Wriddhiman Saha – 5/10
India’s reserve wicketkeeper was solid behind the stumps. Wriddhiman Saha took two catches behind the stumps and was not needed to come out and bat.
Akshar Patel – 4/10
After a very good IPL 2014, Akshar Patel would have wanted to begin his international career on a bright note. The left-arm spinner was a bit expensive but took one wicket as well. He got rid off hard-hitting lower-order batsman Mashrafe Mortaza. Akshar gave away 59 runs in his 10 overs.
Parvez Rasool – 5.5/10
While Parvez Rasool conceded 60 runs in his 10 overs, Rasool took two important wickets of well-set batsmen in Anamul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim.
Amit Mishra – 5.5/10
India’s lead spinner in the series, Amit Mishra, also took a couple of wickets and gave away 55 runs. He dismissed Mahmudullah and Nasir Hossain.
Umesh Yadav – 7/10
Umesh Yadav was impressive in the start of the Bangladesh innings. He bowled well and accounted for the early wickets of Tamim Iqbal and Mominul Haque. He later came back to dismiss Ziaur Rahman and get his third wicket.
Mohit Sharma – 5/10
Mohit Sharma was India’s most economical bowler from the ones who completed at least one over. He got an injury while bowling his fourth over and went into the dressing room. He came back and bowled two more overs, but could not take a wicket. He gave away 23 runs in his 5.4 overs.
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(Shrikant Shankar is a writer/reporter at CricketCountry.com. Previously he has done audio commentary for various matches involving India, Indian Premier League and Champions League Twenty20 for ESPNSTAR.com. You can follow him on Twitter @Shrikant_23)