Bangladesh defeated India for the first time in a T20 international here in Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium in New Delhi. Bangladesh overcame the hoodoo of never defeating India in a T20 along with the highly polluted air in New Delhi. With this win, the bangla tigers have taken a 1-0 in the three match series with the next match to be played in Gujarat on 7th November.
Bangladesh Captain Mahmudullah won the toss and send India to bat first on a slow track. Indian captain Rohit Sharma didn’t last long in the field and got out for 9 off the bowling of Shafiul Islam. Shikhar Dhawan was then joined by KL Rahul and both tried to stitch together a partnership. The duo could only muster 26 runs on the board before Rahul (15) went back to the pavilion
giving an easy catch to Mahmudullah off Aminul Islam. Shreyas Iyer was at his devastating best in his quickfire 22 runs off 13 balls but was caught by Mohammad Naim off Aminul Islam.
The next batsman, Rishabh Pant, played a little cautiously along with Dhawan but after adding 25 runs, a miscommunication between the wickets resulted in Dhawan getting run out for 41. Shivam Dube playing his first international match for India, fell soon after, scoring just 1. After his wicket, Pant huffed and puffed to a dire 27 before getting out. Washington Sundar and Krunal
Pandya provided some much needed flourish to take India to a respectable total of 148.
In reply to India’s innings, Bangladesh lost opener Liton Das in the very first over off Deepak Chahar. Other opened Mohammad Naim was then joined by Soumya Sarkar. Both played street-smart cricket to add 46 runs for the third before Chahal provided India the much needed breakthrough by getting rid of Naim on 26. Veteran Mushfiqar Rahim then joined Soumya Sarkar to take Bangladesh beyond the 100 mark. Khaleel Ahmed then accounted for Soumya Sarkar in the 17th over to bring India back in to the game.
In the very next over, Rahim got a lifeline when he was dropped by Krunal Pandya in the outfield off the bowling of Chahal. The equation was reduced to 22 off the last 2 overs. Rahim made the most of his dropped catch by striking 18 off the penultimate over bowled by Khaleel Ahmed. Rohit Sharma’s gamble of bowling Shivam Dube the final over didn’t work out as Rahim finished the match by striking a six off the 3rd ball of the final over to take Bangladesh to a historic win.