Mehidy Hasan turned out to be the hero of Dhaka as he drove Bangladesh to a thrilling one-wicket win over India in the first ODI at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium. The nail-biting victory helped the hosts take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
With only one wicket in hand, Bangladesh needed 51 runs to win the contest. Mehidy formed a sensational partnership with Mustafizur Rahman and finished with an unbeaten 38 to steer over the line. The last-wicket pair stayed together for 39 deliveries and added vital 51 runs.
Mehidy fancied his chances by regularly attacking the bowlers. He did give a couple of chances, but India crumbled under pressure, with KL Rahul dropping Mehidy once and Washington Sundar not judging the catch. Things went south for the tourists as apart from dropping catches, they bowled no-balls, effected overthrows and misfielded as well.
Earlier, Shakib Al Hasan and Ebadot Hossain ran through the Indian batting unit, eventually packing the visitors for 186 in 41.2 overs. Shakib picked up a five-wicket haul for 36 in his quota of 10 overs, and Hossain bagged four scalps while giving away 47 runs in 8.2 overs. For the Men in Blue, Rahul top scored with 73 off 70 deliveries, with the help of five fours and four sixes.
“I am really happy and excited. I was only thinking about focusing on one area and believing in that strategy, and I knew I only needed to bat about 20 balls to get going. I tried to bowl wicket to wicket with the ball. It is a memorable performance for me,” said Mehidy after the match.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 2022
— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) December 4, 2022
A rare low scoring thriller! Well played Mehidy and Bangladesh 👏🏽 Pulled out a win from jaws of defeat! Batters let India down today. Bowlers almost pulled off an unlikely win but for that last wkt stand. #BANvIND
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) December 4, 2022
136 for 9 while chasing 187 runs then Mehidy arrived and won the game for Tigers.
One of the great comeback wins ever.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) December 4, 2022
Highest partnership leading to a 1-wicket win against India:
51* – Mehidy Miraz & Mustafizur Rahman🇧🇩 today
24* – Douglas Marillier & Gary Brent🇿🇼 in 2002#BANvIND
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) December 4, 2022
— ICC (@ICC) December 4, 2022
Once again, since last year, India has failed to defend a target across formats that looked at one juncture seemingly difficult for the opposition to chase down.#IndvBan #INDvsBangladesh#BanvInd #BanvsInd
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 4, 2022
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) December 4, 2022
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) December 4, 2022
— Cricketopia (@CricketopiaCom) December 4, 2022