On Sunday, the renowned Indian batting lineup was in for a rude awakening when they were bowled out for 186 runs in the first one-day international match played against Bangladesh. The batting performance of India’s team against Bangladesh’s attack, which was superbly led by Shakib Al Hasan (5/36), was dismal, with the exception of KL Rahul. On a day in which the other batsmen struggled to get going and in which the team included a large number of all-rounders, Rahul scored 73 runs in a fluid manner off of 70 balls. Rahul made five fours and four sixes during his innings. India batted for a total of 41.2 overs during their innings. Shikhar Dhawan, who was batting first, was dismissed in the sixth over, and then Rohit Sharma was dismissed by Shakib on the second ball of the 11th over. The left-arm spinner then sent back Kohli (9) after Litton Das pulled off an incredible catch at cover after diving the full length to his right, leaving Kohli stunned and the crowd at the Shere Bangla National Stadium ecstatic. Two balls later, more joy was in store for Bangladesh as the left-arm spinner sent back Kohli.
India required a partnership with the score at 49 for three in the 11th over. KL Rahul joined Shreyas Iyer, who was 24 at the time, in the middle, but Iyer was dismissed by Ebadot Hossain (4/47), who was rewarded for bowling according to a strategy that is most effective against Iyer — short-pitched stuffs.
Washington Sundar, who was 19, got in as the brief stand of 43 runs was nearing to an end. He seemed to be of assistance to Rahul in forming a partnership.
In spite of this, the pair was only able to add sixty more runs until Washington picked a fielder while attempting to play the reverse sweep against Shakib. This occurred not long after Rahul had reached his fifty-first run milestone.
The next over saw Ebadot eliminate Shahbaz Ahmed and Shakib, followed by Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar. As a result, India was left in a precarious position with 156 runs for eight batsmen.