BAN vs IND 2022: 3 reasons why India lost the 1st ODI in Dhaka

BAN vs IND 2022
BAN vs IND 2022

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

Even though they had just 187 runs to defend, Indian bowlers did a great job of stopping Bangladesh’s innings from the start.

Deepak Chahar got Najmul Shanto out on the very first ball, and Mohammed Siraj sent Anamul Haque packing with tight lines. Bangladesh lost seven wickets in 62 runs following a 48-run partnership between Shakib and Litton Das.

With the hosts 136-9, 51 runs were needed in the last 10 overs to win. The victory was just one good ball away for India. In the death overs, the Indian pacers were unable to deliver that elusive delivery.

Despite Mehidy Hasan’s vigor and composure, India’s bowlers also got their planning and execution wrong. There were a lot of deliveries bowled in the middle of the pitch that Mehidy Hasan dispatched behind the square.

When Siraj finished his quota of overs, Chahar, Kuldeep Sen, and Shardul Thakur couldn’t come up with a strategy to get that last wicket.

The Indian bowlers kept them in the game with their first 40 overs, but their last 10 overs were subpar.

#1 Poor application from the batting department

In Dhaka, the Indian batting department had a bad day since their batting is better than their bowling.

India lost their entire top order within 11 overs after being put in to bat first on a pitch where the ball was coming onto the bat nicely. Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Shikhar Dhawan, all experienced batters, were deceived by the Bengal spinners.

After Shreyas Iyer looked confident during his 39-ball stay, his nemesis – a short-pitched delivery – undid him. India’s all-rounders also squandered their opportunities without a proper approach.

The only knight in shining armor for India was KL Rahul. He could’ve made Rohit and Co’s situation even worse if he hadn’t been there to lead the recovery.

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