Innings Bangladesh 271 for 7 (Mehdi 100*, Mehmoodullah 77, Naseem 18*, Washington 3-37, Malik 2-58, Siraj 2-73) Vs. India
Earlier, Siraj accounted for the openers as he bowled the new ball quickly into them. Inaam-ul-Haq found life when he edged Siraj at second slip, but Rohit Sharma dropped the catch while also injuring his left thumb. He was taken for a scan, and did not return during the bowling innings, and did not open in the chase. But Haq fell on the very next ball when Siraj bowled an insider that Haq couldn’t move his legs to and was caught right in front. Bangladesh also lost a review there. Siraj, in his fifth over, bowled a very full and straight delivery to Latin Das, who lost his middle stump trying to strike with a big drive.
Malik further unnerved the batsmen by firing in a few thunderbolts above 150 kmph, one of which ended Najamul Hussain Shanto’s scratchy stay of 21 off 35 balls when the batsman lost his off-stump. Killed by speed. Siraj and Malik then troubled Shakib with a short ball and hit the bouncer twice on his helmet. As Malik was dropped, Shakib tried to attack Washington, but the sweep was over the top, and was caught by Shikhar Dhawan after a juggle at short fine leg.
Bangladesh’s 66 for 4 soon became 69 for 6 as Washington struck twice in two balls. Mushfiqur first gloved Dhawan on a loopy delivery at wide-leg slip, before Washington came around the wicket to Afif Hussain and knocked him onto his off-stump with a flat delivery.
Mahmudullah and Mehdi batted patiently on this and set the stage for a late push. Mehdi again collected plenty of runs behind square and hit Washington for a six down the ground, while Mahmudullah unleashed his drives and pulls before picking up more boundaries as the partnership crossed the 50 mark. Patel hit him for his second six. But Mehdi was soon struggling with pain.
But he followed up with another two runs and scored his half-century off 55 balls, and Mahmudullah scored off 74 balls. In between, the century stand came as Bangladesh were 169 for 6 with ten overs remaining, and India were already a bowler short. The batsmen began to attack only after the fourth over when Mehmoodullah drove Thakur over covers for four and then followed Siraj to the leg-side boundary for 14 runs in the 46th over.
Mahmudullah fell in the very next over as he left Malik behind, and Rahul took a brilliant one-handed catch diving to his right. That didn’t dampen Bangladesh’s charge, as Naseem slapped Malik down the ground for back-to-back fours and then hit Siraj for a six in the next over to take them to 250. For a late attack.