India off to a winning start against Bangladesh in 1st ODI


The first of the three-match ODI series between India and Bangladesh was played at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on June 15, 2014.

Bangladesh rustled up 272 for 9 after choosing to bat on a slow pitch. India now have to Chase a target of 273 in 50 overs, India were cruising along at 100 for one in 16.4 overs when the heavens opened up leading to a nearly two-hour delay. This lead to a revised target of 150 in 26 over courtesy of D/L method, which India achieved with seven balls to spare.

The foundation was laid by Rahane, who scored 64 off 70 balls and shared a 99-run opening stand with Uthappa, who smashed a quickfire 50 off 44 balls. Rahane finally completed his sixth ODI half centiry off 60 balls while Ambati Rayudu seemingly struggled against the slow bowlers before they reached home.
The delay affected the momentum and there were umpiring howlers from Bangladesh umpire Enamul Haque Moni. Ambati Rayudu (16) and Suresh Raina (15) were at the crease when the winning run was achieved.

Earlier,Bangladesh won the toss and choose to bat first an inexperienced Indian attack led by fast bowler Umesh Yadav performed admirably on a flat track restricting hosts Bangladesh to 272 for nine in 50 overs. Yadav was India’s pick of the bowlers . . Yadav grabbed three for 48 in nine overs as skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (59) and star all-rounder Shakib al Hasan (52) struck half-centuries after the former opted to make first use of the conditions. Rasool and Mishra struck twice. Debutant Akshar Patel and Raina took a wicket each.

Brief scores: Bangladesh 272/9 in 50 overs (Mushfiqur Rahim 59, Shakib Al Hasan 52, Anamul Haque 44, Mahmudullah 41; Umesh Yadav 3/48, Amit Mishra 2/55, Parvez Rasool 2/60) lose to India 153/3 in 24.5 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 64, Robin Uthappa 50; Shakib 2/27) by seven wickets (D/L method).

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