On Sunday, December 4, Bangladesh won the first ODI of a three-match series against India. It was a fascinating contest between the two Asian rivals with its ebbs and flows.
In their first innings, the Bangladeshi bowlers kept India at bay and bowled them out for 49/3. After Shreyas Iyer and Washington Sundar chipped in, KL Rahul led India to 152/4.
At 156/8, India was in chaos after a collapse. In 41.2 overs, India were all out for 186. Rahul persisted, but he was eventually dismissed too. Rahul made 73 off 70 balls, Shakib Al Hasan took his fourth five-for in ODIs.
With just 92 runs to go, the hosts were cruising toward victory. They needed just seven wickets left. They lost six wickets in just 41 runs after that due to their own batting collapse.
Thanks to his match-winning 38 off 39 balls, Mehidy Hasan took the game away from India and took his team home.
Here are the top three reasons why India lost the first ODI against Bangladesh.
#3 Not taking their chances in the field
In terms of fielding, Team India is no longer one of the best. Except for Virat Kohli’s blinder to dismiss Shakib Al Hasan in the 24th over, the Indian team’s fielding was terrible.
The Indian ground fielding wasn’t particularly impressive, misfielding a lot and giving the Tigers easy runs. KL Rahul dropped Mehidy Hasan during the 43rd over, which was the killer blow.
In spite of getting both gloves under the ball, Rahul circled himself under the ball and dropped what should have been an easy catch.
Another reprieve came for Mehidy Hasan when his slog bounced just ahead of Washington Sundar. As the ball went up in the air, the all-rounder stopped himself in his tracks despite having time to get under it.
Sundar might’ve missed the ball in the night sky, but had he gone for the catch, Mehidy Hasan might’ve been doomed.
#2 A lackluster bowling display at the death