Twitter Reactions: Ravindra Jadeja and Co topple Bangladesh for 173

Twitter Reactions: Ravindra Jadeja and Co topple Bangladesh for 173

It was Mehidy and Mortaza who propelled the team's score over 150.

Ravindra Jadej
Ravindra Jadeja. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

The Super Four stage of the ongoing Asia Cup commenced today but Bangladesh’s performance just extended from the other night and India were just brilliant. After being invited to bat first, they never looked intent on scoring and some poor shots played by the top order never let them come back in the game. The trio of the spinners kept bowling tidily and the batsmen succumbed to the pressure very quickly.

It all started with Liton Das and Nazmul Hossain throwing their wickets away. The script was the same for India’s new ball bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah and the inexperienced batters threw their wickets. The onus was then on the most experienced rather veterans of Bangladesh team. Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim stitched a small but crucial stand then but only to see the former give his wicket away yet again.

It was a trap set by the Indians after he smashed a boundary through square leg off the previous delivery and Ravindra Jadeja bowled a similar delivery. Shakib tried a similar kind of stroke and there was Shikhar Dhawan to pouch an easy catch. The agony was not done yet for the Tigers. Mohammad Mithun followed Shakib soon thanks to Jadeja’s tight lines.

Then came the atrocious shot of all from Mushfiqur Rahim. For no reason, when the team needed him the most, he tried a reverse sweep off Jadeja again and Yuzvendra Chahal didn’t drop another easy catch at the short third man.

Mehidy thrives for Bangladesh

At 65/5, one would’ve thought that India will be able to bundle out Bangladesh very quickly. But the experienced Mahmudullah joined hands with Mosaddek Hossain and started to rebuild albeit extremely slowly. The tight bowling from the Men in Blue continued and Bangladesh literally crawled towards a three-figure score. At one stage, the run-rate even dipped below three an over but then Mahmudullah unfurled a couple of reverse sweeps to up the ante.

However, the return of the fast bowler Bhuvi helped India to break the stand as he pinned the well-set Mahmudullah in front of the stumps. Then Mosaddek lost his cool and was the fourth scalp of Jadeja. Mehidy Hasan showed some sense then took his captain Mashrafe Mortaza with him to rebuild again and scored quickly this time around. A much-needed fifty-run stand was also stitched between them as they propelled the team’s total past 150. They were eventually bundled out for 173 in the last over.

It will be interesting to see if Bangladesh will be able to make amends with the ball and make this score feel competitive.

Here’s how Twitter reacted during the innings: