Shakib Al Hasan starred with a sensational fifer while Mehidy Hasan Miraz held his nerve to slam an unbeaten cameo and guide Bangladesh to a famous one-wicket victory over India in a low-scoring thriller of the ODI series opener at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Mirpur on Sunday.
In a match that ebbed and flowed, Bangladesh seemed to be on their way to chasing 187 after Shakib's 5-36 and Ebadot Hossain's 4-47 bowled India for a paltry 186 in 41.2 overs. But the Indian bowlers, led by Mohammed Siraj and Washington Sundar, triggered a Bangladesh collapse from 128/4 to 136/9 in a span of 26 balls.
With the hosts looking down and out, the result seemed like a foregone conclusion. But Mehidy, mostly farming the strike, had other ideas - slicing short balls from debutant Kuldeep Sen over the third man for a brace of sixes in the 41st over. He had luck on his side in the next over as wicketkeeper KL Rahul dropped his catch at 15 off Shardul Thakur and Sundar did not go for a catch at third man on the very next ball.
Deepak Chahar's comeback 44th over did not change fortunes for India as Mehidy scooped and flayed over point for back-to-back boundaries. India had fielding lapses in the last two balls, conceding an extra run to get Mehidy back on strike, while a misfield by Sundar at the deep gave him a boundary.
Mustafizur, who began the partnership with a nice punch to give Bangladesh a boundary after 105 balls, glanced Thakur through fine leg for four as the equation for the win came down to 10. Mehidy took Bangladesh to striking distance of a victory by slicing a short ball from Chahar in the 46th over past third man.
A no-ball added with a single and a tight run later, Mehidy finished off the chase with a punch through cover to give Bangladesh an unforgettable come-from-behind win with four overs to spare. He was unbeaten at 38, with Mustafizur being 10 not out as India wilted under pressure in the last six overs.
The second match of the three-match series will be played on Wednesday in Mirpur.