After suffering a painful 109 mauling to India in the quarter finals of 2015 ICC World Cup, Bangladesh has finally taken their “sweet revenge” as they clinched a pumped up 79-run victory over India in the first ODI on Thursday.
Burning effigies, chanting “Shame Shame,” during protests, all Bangladeshis from a furious Prime Minister to an annoyed Bangladeshi ICC president to people hit back at the “injustice” at the World Cup in India’s favour, after India ended Bangladesh’s best run in a world cup.
Ian Gould, the umpire on that day gave Rohit Sharma from India ‘no ball’ reprieve on the 40th over when the Indian was at 90 runs. TV replays showed that it was a very close call that could have easily gone in any team’s favour.
Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina criticized the umpire’s decision and said that “wrong decisions” were thumped on her countrymen.
Mustafa Kamal, president of International Cricket Council also echoed the Prime Minister and added that if needed he would “resign” from the job blaming that the ICC has become “Indian Cricket Council”, not International Cricket Council.
Three months later, on Thursday, June 18, the spirited Bangladeshi team with enormous home support, pulled off an incredible show against two-time world champions India.
All the significant batsmen like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and skipper M.S Dhoni fell off in a span of 49 balls.
Mustafizur Rahman aced his debutant hurdle with an impressive 5/50 to wreck Team Blue’s batting order. His last victim, Ravichandran Ashwin’s loss almost closed India’s door to victory as they went down to 188/7.
Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar put on a great opening partnership as they helped the home side reach 100 in just 79 balls – the fastest of Bangladesh since 2005 against Zimbabwe when they scored 100 off 73 balls.
Shakib Al Hasan lived up to his expectations, scoring a half-century.
Bangladesh is on a 9-match winning streak on home ground, and even if India counters it in the next two ODIs and wins the series, it will only be fair to say that Bangladesh got their “sweet revenge” on India.
Dhoni and his men have to find a way to tone down their charged up opponents who seem totally in high spirits from where they left in the World Cup.
The two sides meet again on Sunday at the same venue, and Bangladesh will look to carry on their flair, while India has to somehow squeeze out a win from them.