Indian cricket fans (and we are among them) were shocked by the results of the first encounter. India lost the first match, which it seemed it could easily win. India’s batting and bowling teams alas were able to perform at their best. Bangladesh was just a surprise in the first match and performed much better than India. Bangladesh has a good record of playing at home and they proved it.
India continues to change ODI team lineups after several previous series. They made a lot of changes to the team that visited New Zealand, and now it is a very different team that is on tour in Bangladesh. We think this is the leading reason why India lost the first match. Everyone knows that Team India has a very strong squad, but they completely failed to perform at their best in the first match, and their full squad returned to the pavilion with only 186 points for 42.1 oz. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan took the field to open the game for Team India, but failed to provide a good start. K.L. Rahul was the most successful and most prolific scorer, scoring 73 points on 70 balls with five boundaries and four huge sixes.
The Bangladesh bowlers were on a different level in the first match, conceding just 186 runs and sending the entire India team back to the pavilion for 41.2 overs. Almost all the bowlers on their side performed well and took wickets. Shakib Al Hasan was simply superb with the ball and was the most successful and most productive player of the match. He scored five wickets in 10 weekends, conceding only 36 pucks. Ebadot Hossain was the other bowler to smash the bats of Team India. He took four wickets, while he accounted for 47 runs in 8.2 overs. Mehidi Hasan Miraz also showed an outstanding game and took one wicket in nine doubles against 43 runs.
Despite a poor start, India is a strong and experienced team when compared to Bangladesh. They have strong bats and bowling, and a huge motivation to bounce back from a bad start, so India’s chances of winning today’s match increase.