India's chase was set by a 99-run opening stand between Ajinkya Rahane and Robin Uthappa © AFP
India’s chase was set by a 99-run opening stand between Ajinkya Rahane (left) and Robin Uthappa © AFP

By Abhijit Banare

 

Jun 15, 2014

 

India completed a seven-wicket victory over Bangladesh by Duckworth-Lewis method in the first One-Day International (ODI) at Dhaka. India’s win was set by fifties from openers Ajinkya Rahane (64) and Robin Uthappa (50). After a long rain interruption, India were set a revised target of 156 in 20 overs which meant they needed to get 50 more in 56 balls. Unlike the first part of their chase where they were cruising, the wicket had more bit in it and the Indians were made to sweat hard for their win.

 

On the second ball after play resumed, Cheteshwar Pujara was dismissed leg before by Shakib Al Hasan, yet again a poor decision by the umpire. But the ball was turning square and Indians just couldn’t get the bat on to the ball. The set batsman Rahane though held the innings together and opted to counter-attack. He hit two boundaries in a Mahmudullah over and followed it up with a six in the next. Rahane was caught for 64 from 70 but he had done his job.

 

But it was a completely different scenario before the rain break when India began their chase of 273. Openers Uthappa and Rahane made the sluggish pitch look like a flat deck as they went after the bowlers at ease. The duo started off cautiously sneaking the singles and twos. But once they realised there wasn’t much for the pacers, they stepped out to play the big strokes. The confidence was visible when Rahane hopped down and clobbered Mortaza’s good length delivery over covers for a six. By the eighth over, the pacers were already made to look ordinary and the first of many left-armers, Shakib came on to bowl. Uthappa though didn’t need any reason to look at the pitch as he carried his form from the Indian Premier League. In the 10th over he flicked Abdul Razzak for a six over long-on.

 

India were literally toying with the bowling and by the end of the mandatory powerplay, the Bangladeshi bowlers were completely demoralised. But the rain threat was always there and the ground staff was already preparing after the 10th over. India were well ahead of the Duckworth-Lewis score but the key aspect was to complete 20 overs to bring the D/L method in to play. Just before the players went off, Bangladesh had managed to get the big wicket of Uthappa who had completed his sixth ODI fifty. The leg-before decision though seemed wrong as there was a thick inside edge, making it the second error from the umpire in the match.

 

There was a smile on Mushfiqur’s face as he walked off after the rain interruption which indicated that he had hoped nothing more than rain to save the match for the team. The Indians dominated right through the 16.4 overs that were bowled before the rain-break. Earlier in the day, fifties from skipper Mushfiqur and Shakib set the tone for a challenging 273-run target. But the hosts wasted the opportunity and lost wickets at regular intervals which pegged them back. Indian bowlers though put up a disciplined performance under humid conditions. Debutant Parvez Rasool bagged two wickets which included that of Rahim and the other debutant Akshar Patel bagged the wicket of Mashrafe Mortaza. Umesh Yadav was pick of the bowlers with three for 48.

 

By now the hosts would have realised that this might look like an India A side but their batting abilities are as much as the one with their main stars. Uthappa and Rahane made the pitch and bowlers appear pedestrian. The second match will be played at the same venue on June 17.

 

Read the first innings report here

 

Brief scores:

 

Bangladesh 272 for 9 in 50 overs (Anamul Haque 44, Mushfiqur Rahim59, Shakib Al Hasan 52; Umesh Yadav 3 for 48, Parvez Rasool 2 for 60) lost to India 153 for 3 in 24.5 overs (26) Robin Uthappa 50, Ajinkya Rahane 64; Shakib Al Hasan 2 for 27 ) by 7 wickets and 7 balls via D/L method

 

Man of the Match: Ajinkya Rahane

 

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(Abhijit Banare is a reporter at CricketCountry. He is an avid quizzer and loves to analyse and dig out interesting facts which allows him to learn something new every day. Apart from cricket he also likes to keep a sharp eye on Indian politics, and can be followed on Twitter and blog)