Ace left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan claimed a 5-36 as Bangladesh raised a prospect of winning the first ODI of three-match series by wrapping India up for paltry 186 in 41.2 overs at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Sunday (December 4).
Pace bowler Ebadot Hossain complemented Shakib with his career-best 4-47, extending the agony of Indian batters who looked out of sort and jaded against the ruthless approach of Bangladeshi bowlers, reports BSS.
KL Rahul fought hard and was instrumental in helping the side propel past at least 150-run mark with his 70 ball-73, studded with five fours and four sixes. Rahul's knock proved the wicket was not entirely unforgiving but the Indian batters found it tough to negotiate Shakib Al Hasan who was almost unplayable in his first spell.
After being sent to bat first, India openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan looked shaky against spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraj who broke through with the wicket of Dhawan (7).
Celebrated pair Rohit and Virat Kohli then saw off the first powerplay without any fuss after which Shakib was introduced.
And the left-arm spinner got immediate success. In his first delivery, he undid Rohit with an unplayable arm-ball that rattled the stump as Rohit was out for 27.
In the fourth ball, Shakib got the prized scalp of Virat Kohli who looked at his sublime touch. But the credit should go to skipper Liton Das who pulled off a stunner to remove Kohli for 9.
With 49-3, India was on back foot but in form Shreyas Iyer and Rahul gave them a hope to hit back.
Ebadot Hossain has the other plan. His strategy to undo India with a barrage of short balls finally worked when Iyer top-edged to be out of 24, ending a 44-run partnership with Rahul.
India's innings after that could never gain the momentum as Shakib and Ebadot continued their good work to force India to lose wickets at regular intervals.
Rahul though played exceptionally well and gave India glimmer of hope to go past 200 but that was not to be as he was also victimized by a vicious short ball of Ebadot to be out as ninth batter.
Before that Shakib took the wicket of Shardul Thakur to complete his fourth five-for in ODI cricket.