On Sunday, the first one-day international (ODI) in a three-match series was played between India and Bangladesh. India was defeated by Bangladesh by a slim margin of one wicket. Mehidy Hasan Miraj and Mustafizur Rahaman, the last wicket pair for Bangladesh, pulled off an absolute heist with a thrilling 51-run stand as India choked during the final half hour of the opening one-day international match in Mirpur on Sunday. As a result, India lost the match by one wicket, despite scoring a low number of runs. While India produced yet another terrible batting performance, which resulted in them being all-out for 186 in 41.2 overs, the bowlers did a wonderful job of reducing Bangladesh to 136 for 9 in the 40th over. This was accomplished while India was all-out for 186. However, KL Rahul, who was entrusted with keeping duties in order to make room for him and another veteran, Shikhar Dhawan, in the same XI, lost an aerial sitter from Miraj when Bangladesh still needed 32 runs. Miraj (38 not out off 39 balls) and Mustafizur (10 not out) got the squad across the finish line in exactly 46 overs. Washington Sundar also did not go for an easy catch at third man, which earned the anger of the team’s captain, Rohit Sharma. Sunil Gavaskar, who served as captain of India in the past, has come to KL Rahul’s defence. “You really can’t say that was the case, can you? Because I believe that to have been the final wicket in the match.
That should have ended the game right there and then. But the fact that India scored 186, I think that would also be something you look at,” Sunil Gavaskar said to the Sony Sports Network.
“The bowlers performed a fantastic job, getting themselves into a position where they were 136-9,” the commentator said. And then Hasan Miraj appeared, and even though they got lucky with the drop catch, he performed pretty well for them anyway. He played with good judgement. They went on the offensive and played several risky shots, which the opponents did not expect.
“When it is requested of you to chase fewer than four runs per over. As an example, if Bangladesh were ordered to chase, the pressure would immediately decrease.
By playing with an excessive amount of caution, Bangladesh made things more difficult for themselves. That decision ultimately led to their problems. Gavaskar went on to say that he believes India’s failure to score 70–80 more runs was the reason why they were defeated.