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Tigers waste ideal chance

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When India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to field it was a decision influenced by overcast conditions. And when the game started after a 10-minute delay due to a drizzle there was the expectation in the India camp that the new ball will do a bit.

Unfortunately, that was not the case. Although they took two early wickets -- opener Soumya Sarkar was bowled for a duck in the first over and Sabbir Rahman departed for 19 after promising a lot -- the momentum actually shifted Bangladesh's way in the form of a brilliant century partnership between Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim.

Soumya dragged a length delivery just outside his off-stump while trying to drive it through the off-side. Sabbir started aggressively -- hitting Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a couple of boundaries in the third over, but perished against the same bowler after hitting a wide delivery to Ravindra Jadeja at point.

Bangladesh might have lost two wickets for 31 runs but the wicket looked an absolute belter with Tamim and Mushfiqur crafting 123 runs for the third wicket. The way they were playing till the 28th over, it put the India captain under tremendous pressure.

After an eventful 13th over, Kohli was forced to change his line of attack, replacing his third seamer Hardik Pandya, who got a bit of a hammering, including a massive six by Tamim over mid-wicket, after the drinks break.

Tamim and Mushfiqur's partnership grew in confidence before it ended in the cruelest of fashion by an occasional off-break bowler, who could have been the easiest of targets for any set batsman. Tamim appeared a bit edgy after failing to dispatch a full toss for four in the 23rd over. The very next ball he tried to sweep, a shot he has hardly played in the recent past, and was clean bowled for a knock of 70 off 82 balls which contained seven fours and a six.

It was the breakthrough that India needed and a wicket that shifted the momentum from Bangladesh to the other side. Bangladesh lost their three key batsmen in quick succession. Shakib Al Hasan fell in the trap set around his off-stump. Jadeja fired one quicker just outside the left-hander's off-stump. With not many fielders behind square it was too tempting for Shakib to resist the cut, and he got a thick edge and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni does not miss those chances.

However, both batsmen got out to poor shots at the worst possible time, handing the momentum to India, which skipper Virat Kohli gleefully grasped.

But Mushfiqur's was the most shocking dismissal. After the departure of Shakib, it was expected that he would carry his bat as long as possible, which the sensible batsman normally does. But he became the victim of a sudden rush of blood. He charged down the wicket against Jadhav but could only flick the ball straight to Kohli at midwicket. The expression on Kohli's face after holding that catch showed how important it was in the context of the game. The departure of Mushfiqur left Bangladesh at 179 for five in 35.2 overs.

They had plenty of overs left but unfortunately not many batsmen were around to take the total to what could have been 300-plus. They were actually in danger of being bowled out below 250 when Mosaddek Hossain and Mahmudullah Riyad -- the last two recognised batsmen -- got out cheaply. Both were undone by the pace of Jasprit Bumrah.

The Tigers only reached a decent total after Mashrafe wielded his willow for a 25-ball 30 and Taskin Ahmed scored 10. But it was never defendable on a cracker of a wicket. It was another opportunity lost for the Tigers, and they could hardly blame anything but their own judgmental errors.

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