Virat Kohli reacts after going out in first ODI against Bangladesh.© AFP
The famous Indian batting line-up was in for a shock in the first ODI against Bangladesh when they were dismissed for 186 on Sunday. KL Rahul was an anomaly in the disastrous batting game against a Bangladesh attack admirably led by Shakib Al Hasan ( 5/36). Rahul hit 73 off 70 balls smoothly on a day when the others struggled to get going and the side was packed with all-rounders. Rahul hit five fours and four sixes. India’s innings lasted 41.2 overs.
After opener Shikhar Dhawan fell in the sixth over, Rohit Sharma followed on second pitch from the 11th over by Shakib. Two balls later, more joy awaited Bangladesh when the left-arm spinner sent back Kohli (9) after Litton made an incredible catch in cover after diving completely to the right, leaving Kohli stunned and the crowd at the Shere Bangla National Stadium delighted.
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Going 49 for three in the 11th, India needed a partnership. KL Rahul joined Shreyas Iyer (24) at centre, but the latter was dismissed by Ebadot Hossain (4/47), who was rewarded for bowling to a plan that works best against Iyer – short-sighted stuff.
As the small 43-run stand came to an end, Washington Sundar (19) walked in and tried to help Rahul build a partnership. However, the duo could not add more than 60 runs, as shortly after Rahul reached his half-century, Washington selected a fielder as he attempted to reverse sweep against Shakib.
In the next round, Ebadot sent Shahbaz Ahmed back and Shakib then dismissed Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar to leave India staggering at 156 for eight.
With PTI inputs
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