5 reasons why Bangladesh's win over India in 1st T20I is significant
We list the top 5 reasons why India's loss to Bangladesh in the first T20I is significant
Bangladesh registered their first t20 win against India at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. With this, the visitors are just one win away from a series victory. Chasing 149, Bangladesh got the early momentum courtesy Soumya Sarkar and Mohammad Naim’s onslaught, but then it was No. 4 Mushfiqur Rahim, who saw the team home, with a dominating 60 off 43 balls. This result is not only significant for the controversy-riddled Bangladesh cricket Team, but also for Team India who eye the t20 world cup which is to be played in less than a year.
We list the significances of this first in the 3-match series:
5. Difficult situations can bring a team together
The last month or so has been full of controversy and tension for Bangladesh cricket. First, with the players going on strike almost jeopardising the India tour and then captain (of t20 and test suqads) Shakib Al Hassan being handed a 2 year ban, with a year of that being suspended by the International Cricket Council for failing to report corrupt approaches. But Bangladesh's performance in Delhi bore testament to the adage of 'adversity brings teams together'. Man of the Match, Mushfiqur also voiced the similar sentiments saying, "the last two to three weeks has been the toughest situation that I have faced in my 15-year cricketing career, and the only way we can set things right would be if we can win a couple of matches in India, or play well enough to bring back smiles and calmness to the team and the nation".
Excellent chase by @BCBtigers. At one stage looked like they were being choked by India’s bowlers, but Mushfiqur’s experience and class came thru. Big win in shadow of Sakib controversy. India below par in batting, bowing and fielding today.— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) November 3, 2019
First T20I win for Bangladesh without Shakib and Tamim in the playing XI. Lost the previous three without them!#IndvBan— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 3, 2019
4. Indian t20 side is still not ready
While team India has performed exceptionally well in the longer formats of the game for the last few years, the maiden champions of the t20 world cup are nowhere near being the top t20 team in the world. This became apparent in Delhi where the mighty India just scored 148 in 20 overs. Currently at number 5 of the ICC T20I rankings, India has a lot to sort in its t20 side. Though it is important to note that superstars like Kohli, Bumrah and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar did not play this match, but still losing to a team which is currently at number 9 in the rankings does not bode well for the team which aims be a title contender.
Another defeat batting first. I think India tend to be too conservative upfront, something they cannot afford to be in a run chase.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 3, 2019
148 runs not intimidating, but is a fighting score on this pitch. Concern for team management would be that several players got a start, but barring Dhawan there was nobody else with a substantial contribution— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) November 3, 2019
3. Birth of an Asian rivalry
There was a time when a fixture with Bangladesh meant a walk in the park for bigger teams, but as they have repeatedly proven in the last few years, this new Bangladesh is no pushover. From 2016 World T20 group encounter & Nidahsa trophy final against India to spirited performances in the 2019 world cup, Bangladesh have time and again proven to be only other Asian power which can challenge India's dominance.
2. India's DRS struggle
At crucial junctures of the game, India failed to capitalise on DRS which eventually led to Mushfiqur Rahim taking the game away from them. Despite Bangladesh's flying start Yuzvendra Chahal brought India back into the match with his guile and control. Off the first delivery of the 10th over, Rahim is beaten by a peach of a leg-spinner. Off the second and third deliveries, Rahim is beaten (now on the inside edge) again: on both occasions, the ball hit the pads, on both occasions there was a brief appeal from the bowler and ‘keeper Rishabh Pant, on both occasions Rohit Sharma opted to not go for the review. In fact, there was barely any discussion over a review despite Chahal throwing glances at his captain and wicket-keeper. As it turned out, on both occasions Rahim would have been given out.
1. More than Bangladesh's win, it was India's loss
Sure, the scoreboard tells you that it was a comfortable seven-wicket win but towards the second of the run-chase, India were dictating terms and had Bangladesh where they would have wanted them to be, given the impressive powerplay the visitors had. Even till penultimate over Indian bowlers had kept its chances alive, and they looked even more prominent when Rahim hit one straight to the fielder at deep mid-wicket. Krunal Pandya, a safe fielder was stationed there. Much to the bowler’s bemusement, Pandya put down a straightforward chance and the ball went for four. So despite creating chances and building pressure at crucial moments, India's choices and sloppy fielding made them lose the match.