Mirpur (Bangladesh): High-flying India was brought down to earth by a spirited Bangladesh who pulled off an upset 79-run victory in the first cricket one-dayer to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, here on Thursday.
Bangladesh outsmarted India in all departments of the game and extracted a sweet revenge for their their quarterfinal loss at the hands of the same opponents in the World Cup earlier this year.
Chasing an imposing 308 for win, the Indians made a steady start before losing wickets at heap to be bundled out for 228 with four overs to spare.
Openers Rohit Sharma (63 off 68) and Shikhar Dhawan (30 off 38) stitched a 95-run stand for the first wicket, Suresh Raina -- with a run-a-ball 40 -- and Ravindra Jadeja (32 off 42) also tried their bit to save the day for India, which was not to be.
Debutant Mustafizur Rahman (5/50) turned out to be the star performer for Bangladesh with the ball, picking up a fifer in his first international match. He was supported well by pace partner Taskin Ahmed (2/21) and Shakib al Hasan (2/33).
Earlier, Indian bowlers were taken to task by some fantastic batting by Bangladesh top-order as the home team posted a challenging score of 307 in 49.4 overs in the first one day international cricket match, here on Thursday.
This is also Bangladesh's highest score against India in ODIs, surpassing the previous best of 296 for six at the same venue in 2010.
Openers Soumya Sarkar (54 off 40 balls) and Tamim Iqbal (60 off 62 balls) added 102 runs for the opening stand in only 13.4 overs to lay a solid foundation.
Shakib al Hasan (52 off 68 balls), Sabbir Rahaman (41 off 44 balls) and Nasir Hossain (34) batted well in the middle-order to take Bangladesh to a substantial total.
While Ravichandran Ashwin (3/51 in 10 overs) was the most successful bowler for India, Umesh Yadav (2/58 in 8 overs) and Mohit Sharma (1/53 in 4.3 overs) were especially taken apart by the Bangladeshi batsmen.
Ravindra Jadeja (1/48) was good in patches and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/37 in 7 overs) ended with a decent outing.
The Indian bowlers somewhat redeemed themselves in the final 10 overs in which Bangladesh scored only 57 runs and lost the last five wickets for only 40 runs.
Bangladesh openers Sarkar and Tamim started in a whirlwind fashion after their skipper Mashrafe Mortaza opted to bat on a good surface.
While Tamim played and missed a lot during the first few overs, Sarkar was more assured with his footwork as he repeatedly lofted the duo of Bhuvenshwar and Yadav over the in-field. There were some lofted cover drives as well as pull-shots in the arc between mid-wicket and square leg.
When Ashwin was initially brought into the attack, Sarkar lofted him over deep midwicket for a huge six. The coveted half-century came off 38 balls when he just guided a delivery from Mohit over keeper's head for a one bounce four.
To be fair to Tamim, once he got a couple of boundaries, he also matched his junior colleague stroke for stroke even though Sarkar's batting was more pleasing to the eye.