Twitter Reactions: Ravindra Jadeja and Co topple Bangladesh for 173
It was Mehidy and Mortaza who propelled the team's score over 150.
Updated - Sep 21, 2018 8:49 pm
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:
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 21, 2018
Axar has been with the side forever…the only time India plays three spinners (and is likely to play throughout the tournament), Jadeja comes in as a replacement. And might just produce a MOTM performance… #AsiaCup #IndvBan
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 21, 2018
This will only be the second time @TamimOfficial28 will miss an ODI against India since his debut in 2007.
— Mohammad Isam (@Isam84) September 21, 2018
— PhD in Bakchodi (@Atheist_Krishna) September 21, 2018
Another day another great bowling performance by Indian bowlers.
Pitch supporting spinners our fast bowlers took 6 wkts.
Well done boys! Let's chase it comfortably#INDvBAN
— Pichu.🍃 (@chawanni_) September 21, 2018
Four catches for an Indian fielder in an ODI:
S Gavaskar v Pak, Sharjah, 1985
M Azharuddin v Pak, Toronto, 1997
S Tendulkar v Pak, Dhaka, 1998
R Dravid v WI, Toronto, 1999
M Kaif v SL, Joburg, 2003
VVS Laxman v Zim, Perth, 2004
S DHAWAN v Ban, Dubai, 2018*#INDvBAN #AsiaCup2018
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) September 21, 2018
— Amitashh Pradhan (@amitashpradhan) September 21, 2018
BAN 173 all-out
PAK 162 all-out
— Abhishek Kumar (@abhik2593) September 21, 2018
— Akash Yadav (@akash_vaniii) September 21, 2018
— Banna. (@ibeingjai) September 21, 2018
— Vaibhav Sharma (@AskVaibhav69) September 21, 2018
— Chàñdáń (@sumoholic) September 21, 2018
Bangladesh still rising and improving to beat big team..while afghanistan going to give run for a money #INDvBAN
— Veer Zorawar Singh (@RebornVeer) September 21, 2018
The lowest score India have failed to chase in a non-reduced ODI is 187 against West Indies in Guwahati in 1987. No team has ever defended a score as low as 173 against India. WinViz gives Bangladesh a 1% chance of rewriting the record books. #AsiaCup #INDvBAN
— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) September 21, 2018
Bangladesh lower order hung around to take the innings into the 50th over after the top order had caved in. But 173 seems a poor total on this pitch. Cricket can be funny, but India have to play reallt, really badly to lose this
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) September 21, 2018
— Arun Gopalakrishnan (@statanalyst) September 21, 2018
If Kuldeep and Chahal don't get you, Jadeja will… Bhuvi and Bumrah have been amazing in the last couple of years! Another fabulous performance by Indian bowlers #INDvBAN
— Navneet Mundhra (@navneet_mundhra) September 21, 2018